Friday, July 18, 2008

Book Dump

I have spent this whole summer traveling, and haven't really updated this at all, which I am pretty upset about. I am definitely going to focus and update consistently from now on. This is going to be a little book dump of some recent books, but I will have a normal post up soon.

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl: This book is incredible, and definitely a must read for pretty much anyone. His accounts of his time in Nazi concentration camps are amazing, and he gives a unique recount of them, because he looks at most of his experiences through a psychologists view. I think his form of therapy, logotherapy, has a much better underlying goal than other forms of psychology.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: This book follows the standard form of this type of book, like Freakonomics and others. But the premise of the book is extremely important. That there are specific types of people that either know a large amount of others - connectors - and can push a product or idea successfully. There are also people that know the ins and outs of every product - mavens, as well as salesmen, who can teach those who do not know. We need to learn to recognize who these people are, and how to use them in the most effective way possible. Recommended.

The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams: This book is a little overrated as a strategy book in my opinion. Robert Greene uses it numerously in 33 Strategies of War, and while I think it is a great insight into the best baseball hitter of all time, and how to approach the game, I wasn't overly impressed. I didn't like the way it was written.

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