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      Joseph Finder newest novel, Buried Secrets, is his best.  And that is saying something.       The second in Finder’s Nick Heller series …
reviewed National Geographic Simply Beautiful .... December 09, 2010
posted in Shutterbugs
National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs
I have spent the past two weeks mesmorized by National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs.   Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths takes readers on a visual journey through some …
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation
This book has a simple message. Your life as a writer cannot be separated from your life. It almost sounds too simple. If you want to write, Julia Cameron says write. For those of us who run into the …
Devil Take The Hindmost: A History Of Financial
A wizened wag at an investment firm once warned me to start looking for the sell tickets as soon as I heard the words "This Time is Different." In my short experience as an investor, it was …
Visualizing Project Management: A Model for
Rarely do I read a book that is weighty in its simplicity while being exhaustive in its subject treatment. Visualizing Project Management succeeds where many have failed. The book focuses on the five …
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term
By now Long-Term Capital Management's tale is well known. A group of hot bond arbitrage traders joined forces with a pair of future Nobel Prize winning academics to form a hedge fund that promised …
reviewed Ansel Adams at 100. October 05, 2010
posted in Shutterbugs
Ansel Adams at 100
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ansel Adams' birth, John Szarkowski has selected what he considers Adams' finest works and offers a critique that ranks the photographer as one of the …
Creative Destruction: Why Companies That Are Built
The authors score a direct hit on those - investors and managers alike - looking for the continuous, corporate value creator. It simply does not exist. There is no question that there is a direct link …
Web Project Management: Delivering Successful
I should have read this book three years ago. Web Project Management presents a solid Web project management method for building commercial web sites. The book reads as if Ashley Friedlein, the author …
War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the
I had a professor who defined journalism as "history written in a hurry." In his sequel to The Best And The Brightest author David Halberstam uses the journalist's tools - personal interviews …
Earned Value Project Management, Second Edition
Joel Koppelman and Quentin Fleming have provided project managers with a practical and readable review of the history, purpose and use of an invaluable tool - earned value. There is nothing difficult …
Booknotes: Stories from American History: Leading
Finally, the perfect gift for people who wished they paid more attention in high school history class. Brian Lamb, the host of the long running C-SPAN author interview program, Booknotes, has edited …
The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to
Business has changed. Suppliers have lost their dominating position to their customers, who refused to accept inconsistent quality, high margins and non-existent service. Information technology, the …
Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent
Having been a member of the "free agent nation" since 1987, I read Daniel Pink's book with interest. There is no question that the American work force is undergoing what may be its most …
The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and
The author posits in this three part book that organizations that effectively manage their knowledge assets - patents, copyrights, databases, as well as workers' skills, capabilities and expertise …
The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's
Not since Roman Empire has any nation had so much economic, cultural and military power, yet that power alone will not be sufficient to solve the world's problems. Joseph Nye, Dean of the Kennedy …
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in
I am told Taleb's mathematics ring true; my experience tells me his illustrations drawn from the market certainly do. It is rare when a sound scientific book renders itself entertaining, helpful …
Lincoln's Greatest Speech : The Second Inaugural
Forty-one days after delivering his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln was dead. As people looked back to the March day he took the Presidential oath of office for the second time, they accepted …
reviewed Up Country: A Novel. October 05, 2010
Up Country: A Novel
I thought Nelson DeMille's first novel, Word of Honor, was a critical success, a thoughtful exploration of a former army officer who is charged with a murder committed during his Viet Nam tour, years …
reviewed The Elephant and the Flea. October 05, 2010
The Elephant and the Flea
Charles Handy, a former oil company executive who recast himself as a freelance writer/thinker, desires success both ways. While he celebrates the life of what he terms "the flea," --flexible, …
Project Management Case Studies
My first thought as I laid this book down from my first reading was, "How can I get my money back?" However, the longer it lay on the shelf, I found myself, uncharacteristically, drawn back …
Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy
Eating great food excites and entices me. Preparing great food however, is a challenge.      "Makes It Easy" shows how to make 100 great recipes at home without spending …
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
There is a reason this book rates a mention on most lists of Wall Street Classics. Since it was published in 1923, generations of investors have found its trading advice rings true. The fictionalized …
Strength for the Journey: Biblical Wisdom for
I love to listen to and read sermons. I am moved not only by the language, but also by the ideas. I love to listen to a person who has struggled with a sustained effort to make words express ideas. Peter …
reviewed The Teeth of the Tiger. October 02, 2010
The Teeth of the Tiger
There comes a time when one decides to say enough. I have read most of Tom Clancy's novels. Many I enjoyed; the rest I finished.   His latest offering, The Teeth of the Tiger, is one of …
Origins of the Crash: The Great Bubble and Its
There are only two emotions that motivate the stock market: fear and greed. In his latest market history, Roger Lowenstein explores how the theme of creating shareholder value morphed into unbridled …
God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James
It was to be the Bible for everyone. James, the sixth in Scotland and the first in England, viewed it as an opportunity to unify his kingdom. To create this translation - a project many consider to be …
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the
This is a troubling book. Kevin Phillips, a former Republican strategist and current media pundit, sheds a new light on the danger of the growing trend political dynasty in this country. Along the way, …
The Cognitive Style of Power Point
Finally, an advocate for the audience. In this 28-page essay Edward R. Tufte concludes the convenience of PowerPoint comes at a cost to content and the audience. Presentations succeed or fail based on …
reviewed Plan of Attack. October 02, 2010
Plan of Attack
If this book proves one thing, it is the media's agenda setting power. No one or nothing can tell Americans what to think. The media, however, can be singularly successful at telling Americans what …
reviewed The Oil Factor. October 02, 2010
The Oil Factor
The Leebs arm readers with an investment strategy to survive, what they see, as the coming energy crisis. Energy is crucial to the world' economy. The Leebs believe we are transitioning away from …
The (Mis)behavior of Markets
This book details one of this generation's finest mathematical minds offers "obvious" observations he calls his "Ten Heresies of Finance."      Benoit Mandelbrot …
Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the
Information Technology (IT) has transformed itself from a source of competitive advantage to simply being a cost of doing business.      Despite the spectacular gains during the past …
One True Thing: Love What You Have
When I used to read Anna Quindlen's column in The New York Times, I often felt I was reading fiction. I was shocked to dicover as I read this novel, I entered a world centered in reality. This is …
The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency As
With more than 13 years experience as a Freelance Commercial Writer, I labored under the impression there was little I could learn about marketing my business. Shortly after starting Peter Bowerman's …
Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit
In Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief, Huston Smith argues the human heart seeks answers to questions left unexplained by the Modern worldview. Raised by missionary …
Writing in General and the Short Story in
If you have to read one book on writing, pick Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular. It matters not if you are an aspiring fiction writer or craft journalistic feature stories, you will …
How Customers Think: Essential Insights into the
Every marketing manager wants to understand the consumer's thought process. Yet few succeed. That is Gerald Zaltman, a professor of marketing at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard University's …
Character Counts : The Creation and Building of
I guess this book summarizes the state of publishing. You throw a multiple book advance at a retired legend; he pockets the money and rehashes a couple of his speeches from the last 25 years and you package …
reviewed Red Rabbit. September 29, 2010
Red Rabbit
I cannot believe I read every one of the 618 pages of this novel. Like most Clancy novels, nothing happens for the first 550 pages; then there is a rush to bring the story to a close. More than half …
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