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The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
by Helen Russell
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and true, 26 Jun. 2015
This book strikes a marvellous balance: It is both hilarious AND a thoroughly researched exploration of the Danish model - the good and the bad. Read it if you want to know what's up with those Danes.

The YES Culture
The YES Culture

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Practical, readable, based on research., 22 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The YES Culture (Kindle Edition)
Every single leader everywhere should read this book and learn how to build better, more successful and above all happier teams and workplaces.

It's a fun and enjoyable read (unlike many business books), and it is also based on the latest science from various fields. This means that you will not only get a ton of knowledge and practical tips from the book, but you know the information you get will actually work.

In addition to being an authority in his field, Kamber also lives his message personally. As a business leader and as one of Denmark's most well-known news anchors, he has practiced what he preaches for decades and achieved not only great success but great respect.

Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation
Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation
by Stephen M Shapiro
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best and most useful business books, 29 Oct. 2010
This is one of the best and most useful business books I've ever read. And of course it's much more than just a book - it comes with a deck of Personality Poker playing cards, a brilliant invention for learning more about yourself, your co-workers and your employees.

We've been using Personality Poker in our company and it's an absolutely awesome tool for creating more innovation, energy and happiness in teams. It's fun, simple and fast but still give people a genuine insight into their personalities.

The book itself is a fun and easy read with tons of real-life examples - exactly the kind of business book I love and actually manage to read. As opposed to those 400-page theory-filled tomes that I really ought to read, but which always end up gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.

The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1600's come to life, 12 Dec. 2004
I cannot find words for how good The Confusion is. We still follow the people from Quicksilver as they strive to find their way in the chaotic world of the late 1600's and early 1700's. The themes are still money, piracy, sex, slavery, science, black magic, etc. and the cast is still comprised of vagabonds, galley slaves, scientists, royalty, soldiers, priests, alchymists and much, much more. The action goes (literally) round the world, to places like Egypt, India, Japan, the Philippines, all of Europe and, of course, Qwghlm, the fictional Island that also appears in Cryptonomicon.
I am in awe of how many themes are woven together in this book, and of the amount of research it must have taken. I have never had any sense of what the rennaisance was like, and suddenly the 1600's seem real and present to me. I've done some fact-checking in Wikipedia, and it only serves to expand and deepen the picture that Stephenson paints of that period.
The ending is just about the funniest, saddest, most satisfying, most intriguing and most annoying thing I've ever read. And I can't wait to read the final book in the series which is The System of the World.
A word of caution: These books are subtle. Much of the actions is hinted at rather than described explicitly. Once you get the hang of it, it is immensely satisfying to read.
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The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers I've read, 27 Dec. 2003
This review is from: The Da Vinci Code (Hardcover)
It seems like Dan Brown is trying to develop a new format: The ultra-condensed thriller. The action in his latest book, deception point, took place over 48 hours, and most of the story in this book unfolds over only 12 hours. Considering this, Brown still manages to pack an enormous amount of action into such a short time span. The book takes off within the first few pages, and it simply doesn't let up until the (quite satisfying) conclusion. The action drives you forward, and there's always a new event or question that you're just burning to discover the explanation for.
The book works wonderfully as a thriller, but it works on another level as well: The alternative view on historical facts like bible history and the art of Leonardo da Vinci is extremely thought provoking. The book would work fine without it, it's just that it adds a wonderful depth and believability that is rarely seen in a thriller.
This is one of the best suspense novelse I've ever read, and I recommend it highly!

The Answer to How is Yes - Acting On What Matters
The Answer to How is Yes - Acting On What Matters
by Peter Block
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't ask "How?", say "Yes!", 1 Dec. 2003
The title reads a little strange at first but this book makes a very important point, one that every decision maker, project worker, consultant, change agent or just plain anybody who works for anything that matters should know: That sometimes "how?" isn't the important question, and that asking "How?" can actually be a defense against getting an effort started, a defense against change.
What every important project needs is less focus on "How?" and more focus on "Yes!", on the affirmation that this (whatever "this" is) is a worthwhile pursuit. That affirmation strengthens the will to do it, whereas continually asking "how?" saps your strength. Saying yes focuses on the goal you want to achieve, asking how focuses on all the obstacles.
It's not that asking how is necessarily wrong, it's just that overfocusing on questions like "How long will it take", "How much will it cost" and "How will we do it" can foster a state of mind in which no change is possible. Among other things, these questions assume that no project can be started unless we know the answers in advance. But in reality most worthwhile ventures are a leap of faith. You must say "Yes, this is what we want" and get started. We'll make up the "How?" as we go along.
This book is a somewhat challenging read, but most certainly worth it. It shines a light on what is to my mind the most important succes factor in any change initiative, namely commitment. And commitment comes from "Yes" not from "How?". Read it!

Hey Nostradamus!
Hey Nostradamus!
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Few answers, many great questions, 18 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Hey Nostradamus! (Hardcover)
I discovered Douglas Coupland what seems like many years ago (but was in fact in 1997) when I read Generation X, and he remains one of my favourite authors. His style has since been steadily moving away from the hyper-realistic stories of Shampoo planet and Generation X to a more surrealist, subjective and poetic style which is also evident in his latest book Hey Nostradamus.
What it's about? Good question. There's a shooting at a high school, much like the one at Columbine, and this has consequences for many people, whose intersecting stories are told in the books four separate passages. The mood of the book is detached, somber and haunting but still moving and while the book offers very few answers it certainly poses many good questions. It is an elegant piece of fiction which I recommend highly.

Death Masks (Dresden Files (ROC Paperback))
Death Masks (Dresden Files (ROC Paperback))
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dresden yet, 19 Aug. 2003
This volume is the best in the Harry Dresden series so far. Harry fights new bad guys helped by some new and old allies.
The action is non-stop. In the first 50 pages, Butcher kicks of five or six parallel storylines (which of course turn out to be connected), and from there the story never lets up. This book has no slow passages, and gives you no time to catch your breath. Read it, but if you're new to the series, go back and start at number one - it's definitely worth it.

by Michael Chabon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Airships, indians and baseball, 21 July 2003
This review is from: Summerland (Paperback)
Michael Chabon is a writer with a talent for writing tales based squarely in everyday life sprinkled with references to american popular culture.
This was obvious in his masterpiece "the amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay" which had it's roots in the golden age of american comics, but it finds a new, wonderful expression in this Summerland, which is a childrens book in the same way as the Harry Potter books - this book can be enjoyed by anyone at any age.
The story is a true adventure, in which a number of children and mythical beings must save the world from Coyote (the trickster god in american indian mythology).
The major themes are (get this) baseball, indians and airships. And Chabon manages to create a story that is funny, believable, touching, exciting and a times very sad. Where the worlds of J.K. Rowlings and Philip Pullmans books are a little old fashioned, Chabons adventure is quite modern, giving this fairy tale a more up to date feel.
This is an excellent book, especially for reading to someone, and I warmly recommend it.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker and richer, 10 July 2003
I just finished reading the order of the phoenix in 3 days, which should tell you something about how exciting it is. This book fully lives up to the promise of the previous books.
And J.K. Rowling does so much more than just rehash the same concepts and characters. New themes appear throughout the book, fleshing out the description of the wizarding world, and giving us deeper insight into many of the main characters.
The mood of the book is very dark, and the challenges they face are greater than ever - giving them a chance to yet again rise above themselves. And as always, good values like loyalty, trust, friendship and courage carry our protagonists forward. Theyn don't win simply by being the strongest.
This may ultimately be the strongest force of the series, they way the characters are allowed to grow not only older but also more complex, realistic, stronger and more experienced through their trials.
This book is a very satisfying read, and I recommend to any Harry Potter fan.

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