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Bernie T.

February 18, 2019

Mike, I thoroughly enjoy your book! My career has paralleled yours in many ways (some of that influenced by you). From KAPL to Combustion, Applications, and Comm Ops, your story was a walk through some good old days. I recognize a lot of the characters, even some initialed ones! Your style is personal, like you are sitting next to us telling it, and I just wanted to keep reading to see what your take on the next adventure was and how it compared to my experiences (which just don't seem as exciting as yours). Thanks for sharing. Well done!




Paul English

February 17, 2019

... just returned from trip to Hawaii... that flight gave me the opportunity to hunker down and read your book.  It was a great autobiographical undertaking.  I cannot imagine what it took to pull that together.  As I read it, I imagined what would happen if someone commissioned me to chronicle 40 some years of my life. I doubt that I have the milestoned memories to figure it all out. Yes, as I have heard many times, it does go by in a blur.  Somehow you managed to distill your blur into very distinct and poignant recollections.


I very much enjoyed reading it.  It was interesting to read, in view of what I perceived as values that we hold in common. I must say I was quite flattered to be mentioned as an example. 


I thought that your criticisms of leadership failures were courageous and did nothing but support the book's title, PrivileGEd---portraying the good, the bad, and the ugly.  From the retrospective view you took, I could not imagine a better title selection.


Congratulations on a great first phase of your career, and thank you for sharing it.




Kathryn R.

February 1, 2019

I finished your book. Great job. REALLY ENJOYED IT! It's amazing how many similar situations we had during our careers. I marvel at the details you remembered from your various jobs – especially the names of all the people you interacted with.



Bernard M, MD

January 31, 2019

I enjoyed "Priviliged" immensely. It was fascinating. I couldn't put it down and stayed up late reading it.



Kay B.

January 28, 2019

Wow! When you said you were going to write a book, I never thought it would be so personally meaningful to me! This was our time, described in a way which allowed me to reminisce about some of the best and most interesting events of my life. You did a great job! Thank you for the walk down memory lane!



Howard K.

January 24, 2019

I can't remember the last time I read a book purely for enjoyment, and enjoy it I did.   Maybe because it was so relatable; our careers paralleling in many respects, and my visiting a few of the sites you were managing, even while you were there.   But also because the book was put together so well.   It wasn't hard putting names to many of the initials you referenced, and your take was spot on.   Your recollection is amazing and making a story out of it was the perfect complement to your conversational skills.   I expect to hear about many more printings.



Mark Little

January 19, 2019

Mike --- I love the book!  I read it straight through.  Your love of technology and your deep humanity shine through.  Your stories about great colleagues, exciting challenges, world-wide engagements and dealing with the ups and downs of life in a big company resonated with me.  It is a fantastic read for experienced technologists and for those starting out who can benefit from your many experiences.  Thanks for putting your heart and mind into writing this wonderful book. --- Best, Mark



Ann Z.

January 18, 2019

Mike - I've been meaning to let you know I read and enjoyed your book. It was definitely a trip down GE's memory lane. Here's wishing you great success with it... and any future books!



Mike M.

January 15, 2019

Mike, I have read your book and enjoyed it very much. First off, I noticed that throughout the book, you always dropped a "hint" of things to come. That kept it interesting as I looked forward to following the crumbs. I also felt that I was right along side you as you told the story. Great Job!


Your book is now on my desk top book shelf, as I promised, right next to Jack Welch's "Straight from the Gut". In that book he had good things to say about the GT Business.


I [also] enjoyed reading the comments in the back [Epilogue] from all the folks. The book really jogged my memory about significant events in my career. We have a lot of parallels. 



Bob C.

January 13, 2019

Mike Davi is one of the (few) good people that we all wish we worked with. He combined his interests, diligence, and positive approach into a remarkable career. Mike's optimism, and life-long approach to learning, certainly aided his success. For example, some people consider a business trip as something to be avoided. Mike combined work with [fun while] visiting new places and enjoyed his trips. We could all benefit from his approach to his vocation.



Jeff S.

January 9, 2019

I really enjoyed reading about your great accomplishments throughout your career at GE. It brought back memories for me as many of the individuals you referred to I also work with. To hear about how you advanced so much in your career by meeting all the great challenges you overcame was astonishing. And to think your last position landed you back in Services where you had originally started!

I also enjoyed reading about your life long interest in Aviation, Space & the Sciences. Dr. Story Musgrave seems like an extraordinary person and others that you mention in your book as well. What a ride huh?
Thank you for sharing the personal side setting the stage in how your [grandparents] came over and worked at GE in the early days. That set the stage for your inspiration to do much of what you accomplished. Your Grand Parents would have been very proud of you for sure! As a matter of fact Mike I think anyone that was lucky enough to work with you or know you even outside of work are all very proud of you.

Anyone considering a career in Engineering should read your book "Privileged" as it's a great inspiration. I would recommend this book to others as well as it has many positive messages for anyone who is serious about meeting life's daily challenges, being a responsible person, respecting others, and being a good leader.

I am proud to know you Mike and looking to read all about your new accomplishments post retirement. If you decide to write another book I will be one of your first readers.  



Don B.

January 8, 2019

I have finished [reading] your book and can tell you I enjoyed it very much.  You have demonstrated a fine skill in writing.  Maybe you should consider doing more of it.



Bob S.

January 7, 2019

Finished the book last night and enjoyed it thoroughly. You had a great career that really spanned across many different businesses (not sure if one could do that today) and afforded you many opportunities. In reading the book it was like a trip down memory lane as I thought about my 12 years in Schenectady (79 - 91) and all of my own experiences with GE. Many of the names... came ringing back to me.


I always thought you folks in Applications were the brightest and respected all that you did. I appreciated your comments about the GE Field Engineering Program (1974 grad). If I had to do it all over again I would start my career the same way. Having that hands on product knowledge and all the additional responsibilities that are forced upon you still serves me well today.

Thanks for mentioning the ladies of GTD who were second to none. I worked with Jean Place...Class and smarts.

Even though I can relatet to the people and work that went on in Schenectady at that time I feel you accomplished one of your objectives that of providing young people an insight into a career and all of its realities. You covered the ups and downs, that first foot in the door, great bosses/lousy bosses, doors closing and others opening, etc., how education (and continuing education) is so important, how networking is more powerful than an organization and that the great people you work with make all the difference. I can't think of a better Company to have worked for at the time.

Thanks for writing the book and all the best.



Marv S.

January 6, 2019

Mike I finished your book....You amazed me!!


Terrific job!! You must have kept great  records/journals to remember all the details, but

you have written a book that many of us GE alumni can appreciate. Not only is it readable,

but the entire book flows as a well written book should. 


....I want to point out that when in your career you needed was not coincidence that your past

experience or associations fit the need, but rather YOUR building on your experience, friendships and

mutual respect that made it easy to get help when you needed it. The network that you built over the

years was there because you made it so.


Again, Good Job.



George B.

December 15, 2018

My daughter Lori loaned me your book.  Congratulations on a great story of your professional career.  It was well written and had a lot of human interest.  Although we've never met, I feel as if I know you well!  Congrats again on your career with GE.



Matt G.

December 10, 2018

Enjoyed the book....[It] is very readable and I like the way you added simple notes to explain something that might not be clear to a "non GE Power" readers. Reading your book certainly brought back many memories!  Having struggled mightily to write a book, I can fully appreciate the effort it took to produce this- well done!



Ted F.

December 6, 2018

Mike, Just finished your book and very much enjoyed the journey through your career at GE. Very well done.



Mary I.

November 30, 2018

Hey Mike! I just finished your book and LOVED it. The "Saulisms" were precious. And yes, both Frank and you were under-appreciated for the amount of productivity you delivered then and into the future



5.0 out of 5 stars - Very enjoyable read!
November 29, 2018
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Mike does a great job keeping his story fun and easy to read. Without getting into technical issues and jargon few will understand, he relates how being technical he had an exciting and challenging career, with trials and triumphs, that many can relate too (not just the technical folks).




5 out of 5 stars - Good read for an inside look at what a career in GE was.
November 20, 2018
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An interesting and fun walk through the trials of a GE career. If you were there you will recognize much of what Mike talks about. If you are just starting out you will get an idea of what you can do in any company if you work at it.


Dale C.

November 18, 2018

Mike. I just finished the book last night. It was a great & very interesting read. (The twists, turns and insights from your 40 year career kept it exciting).



Isaac B.

November 15, 2018

I am reading your wonderful book summarizing your life experiences of 40 years at G.E. A great company that unfortunately is experiencing now some hard times.  We have a lot in common: although you were born in the US and I am an immigrant (since 1964), our backgrounds are somewhat similar.  What is identical is the work ethics and our resolve to succeed in this great country of ours.


Your recap of your grandparents was superb. In my case all my 4 grandparents passed away before I was born, so I was not privileged to know what it is to have a grandparent. you I had a drive to study and succeed. And... just like you very fortunate. Hard work, serious commitment to customer satisfaction, and sometimes being in the right place at the right time.


Best wishes with your publication.



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5.0 out of 5 stars- Inspirational Tale Gives Inside Look at Business World
November 13, 2018
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Michael Davi's heartfelt memoir is inspiring on many levels. This inside look into the business that was GE details Davi's participation in more adventures than he ever would have imagined, all thanks to a job he took on right out of college. His natural curiosity led him on many of those adventures, but it's his guileless gratitude for all he was able to see and do that permeates his book. Another theme throughout the book is education, as Davi obviously hopes to inspire others to pursue the sciences ... so they, too, can enjoy just as "Privileged" a life.




5.0 out of 5 stars - PrivileGEd is a Perfect Title

November 12, 2018
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This book is an enjoyable read on the adventures and accomplishments of a very talented GE employee (Michael Davi) during a turbulent 4 decade period where many innovations were realized. The book is also rich in insights of the impact of GE management decisions and also provides some career surviving guidance to younger persons still in the work force.
I look forward to future books detailing the adventures and accomplishments of a GE retiree by Michael Davi!



5.0 out of 5 stars

A Fascinating and enjoyable read
30 October 2018 - Published on
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Whether or not you have a professional or personal connection with GE I'm confident you will be intrigued and fascinated by Michael Davi's memoir. While the book focuses on the author's impressive 40 year career at GE, it also reflects his childhood aspirations and obvious love and admiration for his family,in particular his immigrant grandparents.
I couldn't put this book down. Quite an inspirational read for anyone, but particularly for students in a STEM program.


Jay P.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Amazing Book for Science and Technology Enthusiasts
October 28, 2018
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This is an epic journey and interestingly narrated by Michael Davi. The language used in this book is very lucid and flow of the book is very well written. I am halfway through this book and can't wait to finish it. Chapter names are very unique and creates a curiosity about the contents. I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to pursue career in science and technology field. It surely encourages young generation.


Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

Inside a Career
27 October 2018 - Published on
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What a great insight into the varied opportunities that Mike encountered in his 40 year career at GE as a mechanical engineering grad. Well written, and easy to read, most everyone will identify with the challenges and rewards described. This book will inspire STEM majors to seek out and relish both the usual and unusual twists and turns of their careers.