Love is the Killer App
Tim Sanders

What Tim means by "love" is something like this: become a voracious consumer of knowledge. Read books and more books. Be almost religious in maintaining contacts with friends and colleagues. When you acquire knowledge that can help them in their lives or business... pass it on to them. Expect nothing in return. All of you will benefit. And then there's the more conventional compassion: show it to others in business. Essentially, don't be an ass.

What I like about this approach is Tim's concrete suggestions for reading books to remember information. That can be the hardest thing to do. And we are talking about books. Tim doesn't care about magazines and websites. He wants knowledge that stands the test of time-- not the wisdom of the day. He shows his method of "cliffing" to capture to points of a book. It's some solid, down-to-earth information from a book that you would assume would be all about group hugs. It's not.

Theodore Rex
Edmund Morris

I'm just beginning to get into this biography. This is actually the second of a projected three book series of the life of Teddy Roosevelt. Edmund Morris has a sweeping and truly beautiful command of his subject. Roosevelt burst off the page. Morris has created controversy with his approach to the biography of Ronald Reagan. But there's little doubt in my mind that he's one of the great living biographers.

My Years with General Motors
Alfred Sloan

This book has a lot of numbers and plenty of year on year auto production figures. But here's why I'm reading it. Alfred Sloan is the father of the modern day corporation. He built General Motors from a small collection of companies managed by the seat of the pants into the world's biggest corporation. The thing I find fascinating in reading it is watching as this collection of intelligent executives faced problems and developed solutions that have become the standard for corporate practice. Some of these practices have gone away. And Sloan's writing style isn't going to jump off the page. But neither of those facts takes away from the timeless quality of this book.