Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Bookshelf

I came to the realization that I've actually become relatively well-read. I don't know when I tripped over that demarcation, but I can honestly say that I think I've got pretty sound understanding of a number of issues.


Design

Worth Reading


Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.
Liddle, William; Holden, Kritina; Butler, Jill. Universal Principles of Design.

Not Worth Reading

Few, Stephen. Show me the Numbers.
Reynolds, Garr. Presentation Zen.
Robbins, Naomi B. Creating More Effective Graphs.
Tufte, Edward R. Visual Explanations.
Tufte, Edward R. Envisioning Information.
Tufte, Edward R. Beautiful Evidence.
White, Alex W. The Elements of Graphic Design.
Zelazny, Gene.
Say it with Charts.

Business

Worth Reading

Collins, Jim. Good to Great.
Godin, Seth. All Marketers are Liars.
Bernstein, Peter L. Against the Gods.

Not Worth Reading

Dodd, Domini; Favaro, Ken. The Three Tensions.
Neislon, Gary L.; Pasternack, Bruce. Results.
Slywotzky, Adrian. The Art of Profitability.

Interestingly, all three of these books are by consultants (Marakon, Booz Allen, Mercer, respectively), and all three are banal and overly broad. I hope their actual work is more inspired.
Pink, Daniel. A Whole New Mind.

Life

Worth Reading

Bach, Richard. Illusions.
Buford, Bill. Among the Thugs.
Chang, Jung. Mao.
Frankl, Victor. Man's Search for Meaning.
Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage.
Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince.
Pamuk, Orhan. Istanbul.


Not Worth Reading

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Seriously, did anyone actually read this whole book? It's 400 pages of boredom that could have been writtin in 100.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Until you can name at least the last 100 books you've read off the top of your head, don't call yourself "well-read."

Douchebag.

Consultant Ninja said...

Who the hell could name the last 100 books they read?

Thursday, January 24, 2008