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June 9, 2008

Staff Picks: Superclass

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:47 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A company recently ordered a bunch of copies of a book called Superclass the other day and I had to look into getting them some copies. Boy, did it sound interesting once I did some research! So interesting in fact that I had to get a copy for myself. I was glad I did. The book's subtitle is: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making and the author is David Rothkopf. He writes about certain powerful businesses, legal leaders, big-shot celebrities and power countries that seem to decide what we should/shouldn't do on a global scale. This could be dictating trends in business, economical, legal, cultural, etc. He talks about Bono and the environment then he'll switch to how the internet changed the world then go on to terrorists. This is definitely one of those rare books that will touch a cord with just about everyone that reads it.
What I found REALLY great was that each chapter will catch a certain interest in a particular area that the reader may be interested in. This will help those that have a short attention span, like yours truly, and just want to find out what pertains to them. AND....within the chapters, they have different parts as well - picking up and looking at it again is very easy to do (i.e. great beach read once you get on vacation this summer).
Here's what some people have said about it:
"In his lively and brilliantly written book Superclass, David Rothkopf has captured the connections and interactions among the influential, rich, and famous throughout the world. He compellingly describes how those links are shaping the global economic and political landscape today - and how they will powerfully influence the future institutions and politics of our planet." - Robert D. Hormants, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs (International).
"An entertaining and well-researched taxonomy of the rich and powerful who shape foreign policy and business in our globalized world. Rothkopf gives us the story behind Davos Man." - Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.