November 24, 2008

News & Opinion: Around the Web

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 10:11 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It's Andrew Carnegie's 173rd birthday, and the always excellent Jacket Copy recently had an insightful post on the man and his gargantuan importance to the free library system, pulling a quote from a speech of his from David Nasaw's excellent 2006 biography of the man, Andrew Carnegie.
Gloria McDonough-Taub at Bullish on Books chooses the three books she's most thankful for this year. They are:
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder,
  • The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy by David Smick, Portfolio
  • The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes,

  • The Book Design Review, which rarely covers business books (though Outliers has also showed up there recently), takes a look at Harvard Business Review Classics. Basically, they're wicked cool.
    Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, spoke at PopTech last month and you can watch the video online. (Hat tip to Tiny Gigantic.) Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma, also spoke, as did Malcolm Gladwell.
    And finally, brilliant reader Sara (who not only works for the excellent Cave Henricks Communication, but also bakes cakes) responded to Todd's Tweet of the Week by pointing us to a rather hilarious satire of business books from Capitalist Banter, who had another piece recently entitled Book Publishing Industry Attempts To Cash In On Circuit City Bankruptcy.