Good Reads

 

Napoleon on Project Management: Timeless Lessons in Planning, Execution, and Leadership

by Jerry Manas

Napoleon on Project Management explores the key principles behind Napoleon’s successes, the triggers that led to his downfall, and the lessons to be learned from his ultimate demise-and applies these lessons to modern-day project management and leadership at all levels. – from Amazon

The Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond

by Elaine Biech

This book covers a wide ranging topics from start-up costs to the ethics of consulting, The book is a basic how-to guide to get started in the consulting business

Grant

by Jean Edward Smith

A great read on an American Leader with a mixed legacy. Grants return to arms in 1861 demonstrated Grant as the North’s best general by a combination of flexibility, resilience and determination.  Lee’s unconditional surrender accompanied by Grant’s de facto pardon of the defeated army, prevented  Northern reprisals that might have left the nation permanently divided emotionally. Elected president in 1868, Grant above all sought reconciliation, yet made measured and effective use of the army to protect black rights in the south. The author makes a strong case that the financial scandals that dogged Grant’s second term reflected individual misfeasance rather than structural malaise. His mediation of the Hayes-Tilden election in 1876 helped avert a national crisis.

 

The End of Economic Man

Peter Drucker’s first book, written in 1939 is and explanation and interpretation of the rise of fascism and Nazism as well as other  fundamental revolutions. It is a social and political effort to explain the subjective consequences of the social upheavals caused by economic disruptions.

 

The Road to Serfdom

An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944—when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program—The Road to Serfdom is a passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For F. A. Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. The Road to Serfdom is as relevant today as it was 70 years ago.

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans’ changing behavior, Robert Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures—whether they be PTA, church, or political parties—have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe.

Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam’s Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do.—Amazon