Well-Rounded ReadingTuesday, March 30, 2010
For the best understanding of business and finance, it is necessary to be able to process and integrate information on a variety of subjects and from multiple sources and viewpoints.
A few of our recently-received titles show directions that information can take.
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller. The author, Harry Markopolos, is the whistle-blower who uncovered Bernie Madoff's machinations ten years before the rest of the world caught on. One chapter of the book is entitled More Red Flags Than the Soviet Union.
Who Turned Out the Lights?: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis. This is a primer on how the energy crisis came about, how serious it is, and what options make sense.
On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson's first-person account of the decisions that had to be made to avert potential global financial meltdown.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Successful changes follow a pattern, whether you're changing the world, your waistline, or the woeful leanness of your wallet.
Practically Green: Your Guide to Ecofriendly Decision-Making. Full of useful information, this book is divided into six chapters that cover most aspects of our lives. For instance, the Where Can I Recycle That? chart will answer a number of questions.
Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements. A veteran New York Times book critic has put together a selection of the funny and the formal, the subtle and the sensational. You're surely have at least one favorite--the author has a partiality for a jingoistic 1907 putdown of French writers!
The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health--And a Vision for Change. We are amazingly adept at ignoring our patterns of consumption, given the fact that the US is using 30% of the planet's resources and creating 30% of the planet's trash. By the way, we only have 5% of the world's population.