Books

Books
So many great books, so little time! Like most of us, I read a number of blogs to stay on top of what is going on in the world, but there is no substitute for enjoying a real book, whether in print, Kindle, or Audible. Every once in a while in the past, I posted a list of books I have been reading. They all have reviews at Amazon that are much better than I could write so my comments about the books are brief. Following is a list from my database of some of the books I have read during the past few years. I had planed to keep the database up to date moving forward, but it turned out to be too time consuming. There are so many great sites that review books. I like Goodreads. You can get great book recommendations from people you know and keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read. You can also form a book club, answer book trivia, and collect your favorite quotes. I will keep the database here on the site, but I do not expect to be adding to it. The web will take care of things better than I could.

Book List:

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change
2002-03-01

Author: Louis V. Gerstner
Genre: Business
Rating: 5
Comments: He was a great leader for IBM when it really needed one. This book explains how he turned it around.

A Prisoner of Birth
2008-07-27

Author: Jefferey Archer
Genre: Novel
Rating: 5
Comments: The imaginative is classic Archer. I have enjoyed all of his books and found this probably the best ever. A young man at a bar with his girlfriend and her brother is framed for murdering the brother and goes to prison. The life he lives there and the people he becomes close to is a great story itself but nothing compared to what happens when he escapes in an identity swap. The new life he then lives focuses on revenge at a very creative level. Great book.

Man of the People: The Life of John McCain
2008-07-27

Author: Paul Alexander
Genre: Biography
Rating: 5
Comments: Not one of the book McCain wrote but rather a biography by Paul Alexander written four years before the current campaign got underway. I found it fascinating. Whatever you may think of his political views, he is quite an extraordinary human being.

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
2008-07-27

Author: Clay Shirky
Genre: Technology
Rating: 5
Comments: Gives many insights about social networking. I had heard Clay speak at Supernova. We have been kindred spirits over the past fifteen years.

The Last Patriot
2008-07-27

Author: Brad Thor
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 5
Comments: If you like terrorist plots linked with history -- Thomas Jefferson and Islam in this case -- you will love this one. It is hardly a light book. In fact the gripping intrigue won't let you put it down until you finish it.

The Last Lecture
2008-07-27

Author: Randy Pausch
Genre: Life
Rating: 5
Comments: It was his way of leaving a legacy for his young children so they would know who their father was and what he was about. The lessons of the book hold a lot of value for all of us. I highly recommend this touching book.

The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century
2008-06-18

Author: Steve Coll
Genre: History
Rating: 5
Comments: This is a really great book. Steve Coll digs back to the beginnings of the Bin Laden family and describes their history in great detail. From private aviation hobbies to all sorts of extravagant spending. Osam Bin Laden is one of 54 children of Mohammed Bin Laden. The history reveals his motivations and how he got to be the way he is.

Odd Hours
2008-06-22

Author: Dean Koontz
Genre: Chiller
Rating: 5
Comments: I don't know how he does it. This is one of Koontz's best ever. I have liked all his books but this one is great. The intrigue and the personalities are hard to imagine. The Psychic Odd gets in the middle of a plot to plant four nuclear bombs in American cities and takes on the solution single handedly with a bit of help from Frank Sinatra's ghost. You gotta read this one.

Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West
2008-06-15

Author: Anthony Pagden
Genre: History
Rating: 5
Comments: Amazing story of how the east and west have been fighting for thousands of years. After reading this book everything you read in the press rings a tone from history. A long difficult read but wothwhile.

World Without End
2008-06-01

Author: Ken Follett
Genre: Novel
Rating: 5
Comments: Sequel to The Pillars of the Earth. Fanstastic book but a lot to read

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