Books I should have read, update


Well it’s been a poor six weeks of progress since my last update. I had a two-week holiday in Tobago to plough through some of these but very little got read. The moral of the story is: don’t take a two-year-old on holiday if you want to do any serious reading.

I started The Mythical Man Month, but found its content a bit old-hat – not surprising considering how long it has been since it was written. I can see how revelatory it might have been thirty years ago. Brooks is a bit fond of his biblical imagery and parables for my taste; it’s sometimes difficult to resolve a rational approach with such a faith-based outlook on life, but wiser people than me have managed it I suppose.

Unfortunately the list has got longer as well. I realised that two corporate sagas needed to be included: Barbarians At The Gate (about the takeover of RJR Nabisco) and The Smartest Guys In The Room (about Enron) are definite must-have-reads.

Latest status:

1. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell (job done)
2. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell
3. The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki
4. The Cathedral & the Bazaar, Eric S. Raymond
5. The Mythical Man Month, Frederick P. Brooks (Started)
6. Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis (job done)
7. The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand, Chris Anderson (purchased but not started)
8. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Clayton Christensen
9. The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation, Matthew May
10. The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind (purchase but not started)
11. Barbarians at the Gate, Bryan Burrough and John Helyar (purchased but not started)

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2 Responses to “Books I should have read, update”


  1. 1 dec July 9, 2007 at 15:21

    Have that documentary on DVD if you want it. Might prove necessary if your list keeps getting longer.

  2. 2 stu July 9, 2007 at 13:41

    the ‘smartest guys in the room’ dvd documentary is well worth renting too…


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