Monday, January 16, 2006

Books: Blink, Freakonomics and more

Topic: Economics, Reading, Management Improvement

I finished reading two very popular books this weekend: Freakonomics and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. While both books were enjoyable and interesting, they really seemed to offer a few good or interesting ideas stretched to fill a book. That is the same thought I had after reading The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. I found all of them fine. I found them to be worth reading, but I don't know they warrant as much attention as they have received.

All of these books are in Amazon's top 30. The only other book I have read, that is ranked so highly, is The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, also by Malcolm Gladwell, which I would recommend more highly.

I also plan on reading Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't (25th on the list) which I have been told is very good. I have just started reading: Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture ("only" number 377 on Amazon).

The freakonomics blog is execellent. And, as I mentioned in a previous post, Malcolm Gladwell - Synchronicity, the podcast of Malcolm Gladwell is very interesting.

1 comment:

Thomas3 said...

re: Good To Great
Have you read 'Built to Last', the study/book that lead to the question that turned into 'Good to Great'? I look forward to your take on it/them.