• Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Books to read this weekend

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The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

In this brilliant new book, the award-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt. The World Is Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Built to Last was a phenomenal success: ‘It is a fair assumption that as the seminal importance of this audiobook begins to permeate the upper echelons of business and business schools…Collins and Porras will emerge as the gurus to watch over the next decade.’ The Director. Good to Great explores a whole new concept, backed by the rigorous research standards which gave Built to Last such an impact.

 

The Aeneid by Virgil

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It is composed of 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter. The first six of the poem’s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas’ wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem’s second half tells of the Trojans’ ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed. The Aeneid is Virgil’s great classic telling the legendary story of the Trojans’ ultimately victorious war upon the Latins.

 

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

From primordial nothingness to this very moment, A Short History of Nearly Everything reports what happened and how humans figured it out. To accomplish this daunting literary task, Bill Bryson uses hundreds of sources, from popular science books to interviews with luminaries in various fields. His aim is to help people like him, who rejected stale school textbooks and dry explanations, to appreciate how we have used science to understand the smallest particles and the unimaginably vast expanses of space. With his distinctive prose style and wit, Bryson succeeds admirably. Though A Short History clocks in at a daunting 500-plus pages and covers the same material as every science book before it, it reads something like a particularly detailed novel (albeit without a plot). Each longish chapter is devoted to a topic like the age of our planet or how cells work, and these chapters are grouped into larger sections such as “The Size of the Earth” and “Life Itself.”

 

Leadership Matters…The CEO Survival Manual: WHAT IT TAKES TO REACH THE C-SUITE AND STAY THERE by Mike Myatt

Mike Myatt, America’s Top CEO Coach has filled the pages of this book with a definitive road map which incorporates everything that it takes to become a great CEO. Whether you’re an existing or aspiring chief executive, the insider secrets shared in this book will provide you with a clear strategic advantage. If you want to develop the savvy and sophistication of the world’s greatest business leaders enabling you to successfully navigate the ever changing and complex world of a CEO then this book is a must-read. See what others are saying about “Leadership Matters..The CEO Survival Manual”