Chris, January 8, 2011
I read to learn because I both enjoy learning and want to improve myself. To that end, I mostly read history, especially about the period of the American War for Independence, political economics, business, and the occasional classic, or at least historically relevant, piece of fiction. Of course,aviation books litter my shelves, too.
I’m slowly working on loading my library into LibraryThing. You can check out my progress and limited selection by clicking the link below.
F. A. Hayek makes the point in his book Constitution of Liberty that we, as individuals, become more ignorant every day because as a society we learn more collectively everyday. Therefore, as time passes, the amount of things we don’t know (i.e., ignorance) grows. When I walk into a book store, or peruse Amazon, I feel overwhelmed by how much knowledge is out there that I don’t know. Of course, one can never learn it all, but there are certain things that I can learn, and these reading lists highlight what things I’d like to spend my time learning over the next few years. That is subject to change without notice, though. I’ll also include items that I’ve already read if I think they deserve to be on someone else’s reading list, too.
Reading List 1: Leadership and Management
- Drucker, Peter. The Practice of Management
- Collins, Michael. Good to Great
- U.S. Army. FM 6-22 (FM 22-100) Army Leadership: Competent, Confident, and Agile
- Machiavelli, Niccolò. The Prince
- Flemming, Thomas. Washington’s Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge
- Drucker, Peter. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
Reading List 2: Business Strategy
- Porter, Michael. Competitive Strategy
- Tzu, Sun The Art of War
- Litman, Joel, Driven: Business Strategy, Human Actions, And The Creation Of Wealth
- Hamel, Gary and Prahalad, C.K. Competing for the Future
- Madden, BartlyWealth Creation: A Systems Mindset for Building and Investing in Businesses for the Long Term
- Danove, DavidKellogg on Strategy : Concepts, Tools, and Frameworks for Practitioners