"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

Groucho Marx

 

 

Not only have the following books been thoroughly enjoyable, they have had a considerable impact on my thinking. I am also a faithful and regular reader of The Economist, Business Week, The New York Times, and Wired Magazine

 

 

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
by Keith Ferrazzi, with Tahl Raz
Doubleday, 2005

Every once in a while I read a book that profoundly changes the way that I think and act. Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi, is my current foundation rocker. This is a highly recommended book for anyone who aspires to be successful in business and in life.

Read my full review at It Seems To Me.

 

The War for Talent
by Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones, Beth Axelrod
Harvard Business School Press, 2001

A brilliant insight into one of the last frontiers for competitive advantage for American companies.

The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy
by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw
Free Press, 2002

A delightful venture through the development of the world economies. From the fall of the central, planned economy in Russia, to the tiger economies of Asia, Yergin writes with elegance and insight. An important book in understanding the world economy.

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
by Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
Harper and Row, 1990

An intense page turner that reads as well as any Tom Clancy novel. This should be required reading for business school students so they understand what can go wrong if they finally make it to the top.

Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
by Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind
Portfolio, 2003

Now that the dust has settled on the Enron debacle, The Smartest Guys in the Room provides an in-depth chronicle of the rise and fall of the once promising company. Regardless of how they are portrayed in the press,  you will never see Andy Fastow, Jeffrey Skilling and the other cast of characters, in the same light again. Like Barbarians at the Gate, this book is important reading in order to learn what can go wrong when smart, passionate people get off track.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2002

Why were Ugg boots suddenly the craze a few years ago? Why was Sesame Street so
popular?
The Tipping Point will help you understand how ideas can spread like a virus through a group . . . and then stick there. Learn the secrets of Connectors, Mavens and Salesman and your ideas on influencing change will be forever enlightened.

The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream
by Jeremy Rifkin
Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 2004

From the Book: "The American Dream puts an emphasis on economic growth, personal wealth, and independence. The new European Dream focuses more on sustainable development, quality of life, and interdependence. The American Dream pays homage to the work ethic. The European Dream is more attuned to leisure and deep play. The American Dream is inseparable from the country's religious heritage and deep spiritual faith. The European Dream is secular to the core. The American Dream is assimilationist. We associate success with shedding our former cultural ties and becoming free agents. The European Dream, by contrast, is based on preserving one's cultural identity and living in a multicultural world."

 

This is a powerful book that sheds tremendous light on the growing gap between America and Europe. Throughout my life I have lived in three countries on two continents. Now that I am in the UK I can see the profound difference in world views that define the two dreams. I resonate more with the European Dream.

 


 

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