How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

It’s always enlightening—and enjoyable—to read business literature that actually qualifies as literature. And Mohsin Hamid’s new novel fits the bill perfectly.

Hamid creatively appropriates the self-help format in How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. It’s the life story of an unnamed man, an amoral Horatio Alger who is born to a poor family in a rural village in a country that sounds a lot … [ Read more ]

The Craftsman

With this volume, author and sociologist Sennett (The Culture of the New Capitalism) launches a three-book examination of “material culture,” asking “what the process of making concrete things reveals to us about ourselves.” Taking in everything from Pandora and Hephaestus to Linux programmers, Sennett posits that the spirit of craftsmanship-an “enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake”-is … [ Read more ]

Crossing the Unknown Sea

Readers who accept poet and Fortune 500 consultant Whyte’s invitation to enter into “an imaginative conversation about life and work” are likely to be challenged as well as delighted by the beauty of his writing and the expansiveness of his views. Gracefully using the metaphor of a sea voyage to depict the journey through the world of work, Whyte views work not only as a … [ Read more ]

The Titan

This is the second of a three book series, the first being The Financier, which continues the saga of Frank Cowperwood’s quest for power and wealth through the use of financial acumen. The novel can also be viewed as a fictionalized history lesson of the tactics employed by the political and financial shakers and movers of that period. See other titles by this author available … [ Read more ]

The Financier

This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the Civil War and after the stock market panic caused by the Chicago fire. Frank Cowperwood, a ruthlessly dominating broker, climbs the ladder of success, occasionally missing a rung or two, with his loving mistress championing his every move. Based on the life of flamboyant financier C.T. Yerkes, Dreiser’s portrayal of the unscrupulous magnate … [ Read more ]

Sketching User Experiences

Whatever you’re designing — software or toasters, microprocessors or skyscrapers — you need to “put user experience front and center,” says Bill Buxton. Here, Buxton makes a passionate case for a better way to design interactive products and the experiences surrounding them. The centerpiece is a technique humans have used successfully for centuries: sketching.

Writers’ Workshops & the Work of Making Things: Patterns, Poetry…

For more than 100 years, Writers’ Workshops have offered writers deep and generous insights into their own work: insights that have helped them improve, and often inspired them to take their work in exciting new directions. Recently, technical, scientific, and business professionals have also discovered the immense value of the Writers’ Workshop format in solving their creative problems. Now, an experienced leader and participant shows … [ Read more ]

The Representation of Business in English Literature

How has business been represented in English literature? The question is important because novelists are prominent among the ‘intellectuals’ whom Hayek regarded as the gatekeepers of ideas. They are thus influential in determining the view which people form of business.

In this volume, five authors – experts in different periods of English literature – have produced original surveys of how business has been portrayed by novelists, … [ Read more ]

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

In the 1950s, the Edward R. Murrow-hosted radio program This I Believe prompted Americans to briefly explain their most cherished beliefs, be they religious or purely pragmatic. Since the program’s 2005 renaissance as a weekly NPR segment, Allison (the host) and Gediman (the executive producer) have collected some of the best essays from This I Believe then and now. “Your personal credo” is what Allison … [ Read more ]

The Halo Effect …and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers

This tart takedown of fashionable management theories is a refreshing antidote to the glut of simplistic books about achieving high performance. Rosenzweig, a veteran business manager turned professor, argues that most popular business ideas are no more than soothing platitudes that promise easy success to harried managers. Consultants, journalists and other pundits tap scientifically suspect methods to produce what he calls “business delusions”: deeply flawed … [ Read more ]

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

Wired editor Anderson declares the death of “common culture”-and insists that it’s for the best. Why don’t we all watch the same TV shows, like we used to? Because not long ago, “we had fewer alternatives to compete for our screen attention,” he writes. Smash hits have existed largely because of scarcity: with a finite number of bookstore shelves and theaters and Wal-Mart CD racks, … [ Read more ]

On Bullshit

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit,” Harry G. Frankfurt writes, in what must surely be the most eyebrow-raising opener in modern philosophical prose. “Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted.” This compact little book, as pungent as the phenomenon it explores, attempts to articulate … [ Read more ]

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, first published in 1776, helped create the discipline of economics with its conjuring of the invisible hand, self-interest, and other explanations of market forces that have influenced academics, governments, and business leaders ever since. But insights from one of Smith’s earlier works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, can contribute to modern thinking on everything from our fascination with celebrity … [ Read more ]

Industrial Dynamics

The book presents the philosophy, the mathematics and the computer modeling needed to take a fresh and practical perspective on managing social systems. The book’s implications go far beyond “industrial” systems(though people interested in the dynamics of businesses won’t be disappointed). The principles presented in this book have subsequently been applied to understanding issues in all sorts of social systems: cities, the environment, epidemics, romantic … [ Read more ]

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter’s Guide

Dull, verbose, evasive language that disguises empty-headed clichés with jargon-drenched hype is pilloried in this diverting indictment of everyday business-speak. The authors are consultants, and their familiarity with the subject, enhanced through their side job peddling “Bullfighter” anti-jargon software, gives their irreverent critique a funny, knowing edge. Besides ridiculing some ripe samples of corporate pseudo-communication, they offer advice on the art of “persuasion” in every … [ Read more ]

Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity

From Stanford law professor Lessig (Code; The Future of Ideas) comes this expertly argued, alarming and surprisingly entertaining look at the current copyright wars. Copyright law in the digital age has become a hot topic, thanks to millions of music downloaders and the controversial, high-profile legal efforts of the music industry to stop them. Here Lessig argues that copyright as designed by the Framers has … [ Read more ]

The Ladies’ Paradise

The Ladies Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) recounts the rise of the modern department store in late nineteenth-century Paris. The store is a symbol of capitalism, of the modern city, and of the bourgeois family: it is emblematic of changes in consumer culture and the changes in sexual attitudes and class relations taking place at the end of the century. This new translation of the … [ Read more ]

Practical Intelligence: Nature and Origins of Competence in the Everyday World

The purpose of this book is to present a broader view of intelligence than simply that which is defined by performance in intelligence tests, and to document the importance of intelligence not only in schools but in everyday life, including both job-related and domestic settings. Practical Intelligence brings together 15 chapters by distinguished experts in the field. It includes four main parts, plus introductory and … [ Read more ]