A very good read. It's an autobiography, which tend to paint the writer in generous terms, but I think that this book paints an accurate and likable picture of Craig Venter for a few reasons. First, his childhood immediately grabs your attention, especially all of the what-ifs. Second, his actions in adulthood back up the motives that he writes about, and he comes off as someone who pursued gene sequencing because of its potential and went private because his efforts at the NIH were seen as too risky.
I read this book while in the middle of 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. The day before I started reading 'A Life Decoded', my impression of 'Atlas Shrugged' was that it was way over the top with it's simplified view of the world as good and evil, and that new technology isn't demonized to such an extent. 'A Life Decoded' illustrated an individual striking out on their own to pursue something that nobody else believed in and actually succeeded, which fit very nicely. Rand books are still over the top and I don't agree with her most of the time, but this book nicely complements 'Atlas Shrugged'....Continua