September 9th 2019

Fear. Trump in the White House. Bob Woodward.

Fear. Trump in the White House. Bob Woodward. 2018.  After all the interviews and TV news about this book , I was pleasantly surprised to still find a lot of info that was not made into sound bite fodder. As a journalist the author writes a clear and concise story that pulls you through to the end.   I have always had respect for Woodward’s work, his credentials and impact. Nothing has dissuaded me that that this book is not speaking the truth.  Trump comes off exactly as he is in public, an egotistic lying sociopath,  perfect for today’s politician and in many ways his own worst enemy.  As watchers in Canada we were always concerned from  Day 1 that this administration was not prepared for the job that was taken on and  Trump was way out of his depth. The book does not dissuade you from this.  This book will not bring you peace or comfort, but I still suggest one needs to read it.

September 2nd 2019

Dewey Andreas Series. Ben Coes

Dewey Andreas Series. Ben Coes.  Current thriller/espionage series ( 8 in all) in the style of Michael Flynn and others.  Power  Down sets the stage and the backstory and the series adds on from there. America is under attack and each book covers a different key actor who is driving it. From Muslim , Iran, China , Russia , North Korea, and even some internal US players pretty well everyone gets into the act.  And always in the end, All American Seal, Delta Dewey Andreas saves the day  while getting in and out of serious death defying situations. There seems an unending appetite for these rah rah America home and builder of the tough warrior novels where the weapons are described in agonizing detail as are  the planes, helios and what have you.  The yarns move  quickly and just stretch beyond credibility. But the stories will hold your attention and are an escape from business books.  Be warned that the point of view of all the books is that there are bad actors including jihadists around every corner that need to be terminated with bullets, knives and explosives.

August 26th 2019

Neil Gaiman . American Gods and Neverwhere

Neil Gaiman . American Gods and Neverwhere. And now for something completely different. American Gods was a tv series that was a more than a bit on the weird side.  Gaiman has taken quite an interest in the old Gods and posed questions like what if they were real, never left and now reside beside us or live underground and are somewhat diabolical still. Somewhat tongue in cheek dialogue with pretty good pacing to the stories. Not everyone’s cup of tea but if you liked Lovecraft in days past you may enjoy these tales.  Gaiman has several books along these lines plus a good treatise on Norse mythology.

August 19th 2019

Valley of Genius. An uncensored history of silicon valley as told by the hackers, founders and freaks who made it boom. Adam Fisher

Valley of Genius. An uncensored history of silicon valley as told by the hackers, founders and freaks who made it boom. Adam Fisher. 2018.  ISBN 9781455559022.  This is my most recent thirty years experienced in the PC technology industry in just about one book. From the magazines we read, through the video games, music, authors, PCs, events and all the stuff around the industry  this author does a terrific job of packing much of  it in.  The format draws you through as the discussion is led by quotes and conversations with exactly these hackers, freaks and founders. I found this very hard to put down as it fills in gaps as well helps explain where many of these people came from, what they did, are doing and went.  If you are at all curious as to how this whole industry grew to where it is, read this book.  Great for a cross country flight.

August 11th 2019

Sell It Like Serhant. How to sell more, earn more and become the ultimate sales machine.Ryan Serhant.

Sell It Like Serhant. How to sell more, earn more and become the ultimate sales machine.Ryan Serhant. 2018.  ISBN 9780316449571.  The author is completely unknown to me but evidently he is very famous in New York real estate.  Fairly typical rags to selling start story.   IMHO he could be the Zig Ziglar for the Millenial crowd.  His work ethic is to be admired and emulated. His success is due to single mindedness and very hard work. Simple concise text that is a good get out there and go kind of read.

August 5th 2019

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. 2017. ISBN 9780393609394.  Having never read Tyson before I was more than pleasantly surprised at his readable and friendly approach to this subject. You may or may not feel a bit overwhelmed with the flurry of new words ( or just recognizable names) used to give this brief overview, but stay with it and all will be revealed ( using part of the Bible).  I appreciate his humility and humanity that becomes evident in this book. It has whetted my appetite for more of his work.

July 30th 2019

Sales Differentiation. 19 powerful strategies to win more deals at the prices you want. Lee B. Salz

Sales Differentiation. 19 powerful strategies to win more deals at the prices you want. Lee B. Salz.  2018.  ISBN 9780814439913.  This book delivers what it says and more. The core of differentiation is talking about value as the customer sees it. There are no wasted words in this book, it is current, concise and hits the topic hard.  Any salesperson and sales manager will get much out of the time spent reading and rereading this book. Its totally enjoyable – I could not put it down.  Might just be the best sales book of the year, IMHO

July 22nd 2019

Norse Mythology. Neil Gaiman.

Norse Mythology. Neil Gaiman. 2016.   Gaiman takes a break from writing very innovative otherworldly novels to put down his learning about Norse mythology.  He weaves the stories into a logical sequence which then becomes another story. I found this mythology very interesting and compelling. At times you will recognize part of the creation stories which are found in most religions.  And you may just get some insight into the past and future stories found in the Marvel comics universe.

July 16th 2019

Unhinged. An insider’s account of the Trump White House. Omarosa Mainigault Newman

Unhinged. An insider’s account of the Trump White House. Omarosa Mainigault Newman. 2018.  ISBN 9781982109721.  This book surprised me as I perhaps expected a one sided egotistical journal. On the contrary. once you get past the fairly large ego/self esteem of the author, the book runs along nicely and details the gradual mental deterioration of Trump and the self serving group that he has surrounded himself.  The author is also not the first to voice concerns about the real VP Pence and his intentions. Others have said Pence will make Trump look good if he gets in.  As a former journalism student Omarosa does a good job in writing. This book is an interesting counterpoint to Woodward’s book and will give you a different insider’s view of the players and how they interact.

July 15th 2019

The Inevitable. Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future. Kevin Kelly

The Inevitable. Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future. Kevin Kelly. 2016. ISBN 9780525428084.  Kelly was an original editor of Wired and witnessed all the recent technology gains ( and losses) . He takes his experience, skepticism, and clarity of vision and puts it all here in this book. Very readable, believable and I feel that most of what he predicts will come true. Since 2016 already I see the trending along his ideas. Anyone who wonders what is coming or has seen lots of what has come to be will enjoy this book from one of the better technology writers of our time.