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Lots of great information, but also a lot of redundancy
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
First off - it's worth noting that Google lets you read this entire book for free on their website.
I bought the Kindle version anyways because I spend enough time in front of a backlit screen that it seemed worth it to read something this large using a device that's better on your eyes. Unfortunately the Kindle version is formatted terribly and I wish I'd bought the print version instead. The book is broken up into Parts which are broken up into Chapters which are further broken up into headlined sections. The Kindle version identifies those headlined sections as chapters which is somewhat useless.
Anyways, the first few chapters aren't especially useful unless you work at Google. They mostly discuss what's unique about Google's computing infrastructure. Despite this, they were EASILY my favorite part of the book because the material is so interesting and their approach is so unique. After that, each chapter is written in a way that it can stand on its own if you aren't reading the entire book, or are reading it out of order. This is convenient for people who want to pick and choose what parts they want to read, but means that people who are reading the entire thing wind up getting a lot of the same information multiple times. It's all written by different people too, which on the one hand makes it not quite as repetitive, but on the other hand makes it hard to just skim over the sections with info you already have because you don't recognize it as information you already know until you've processed it.
Overall this is a fantastic book on DevOps, SRE, and current trends in the industry, It's a great read for anyone who wants to apply some "best practices" to their role. I would however say that reading the entire thing is overkill for most people and not necessarily the best use of your time if you have other things you'd like to be learning as well.
Part 1 - Fascinating read. I imagine this would be a good overview if you're about to start at Google and want a sneak peek at how things are done, but I'm only speculating this as an outsider.
Part 2 - Interesting and useful concepts for modern cloud computing.
Part 3 - Some useful info and a lot of stuff that's not really unique to Google in my experience. Read the parts that you think you could use some improvement on, skip the rest.
Part 4 - A condensed view from a managerial perspective of things you already read in Part 3.
Part 5 - Some case studies, comparisons from other businesses, a useless recap, and examples that could be useful to share using the website version of the book if you're trying to explain to your team what new concepts are being implemented.