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Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
by Ciezadlo. Annia
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars You can taste the food, 11 Jun 2014
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I really enjoyed this book, Annia Ciezadlo writes with an openness and honesty that made me feel like I was in the room with her and her husband as they ate. It provides a real insight into how food provides a bond between generations and people during times of immense difficulties and the war in Lebanon was very difficult.


Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane: Essays on Irrational Organizations and Their Leaders (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership)
Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane: Essays on Irrational Organizations and Their Leaders (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership)
by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 11 Jun 2014
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Any book on management that has a chapter titled "Why work for a Ghenghis Khan" is well worth a read! You won't be disappointed.


The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 7)
The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 7)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast food book formula, 11 Jun 2014
I love Bernard Cornwall, but I have to say that with the Pagan Lord his basic formula for writing, an outsider, who meets a difficulty which he then overcomes in a battle, doesn't do it for me anymore. Bernard Cornwall writes well, it's an easy read, there is some characterisation but ultimately it's forgettable. For me he has never recaptured the magic of those first five Sharpe novels. That said I have nothing but admiration for Bernard Cornwall, he has a formula that works (look at the other reviews), he does his research and apparently he cranks a new novel out on demand to his publisher. But for me this book was like a fast food meal of burger and fries, it seemed like a good idea at the time, it was easily digested, but ultimately not really very satisfying.


From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet
From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet
by John Naughton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you aren't curious about the web and the internet, perhaps you should be?!, 24 Jun 2012
A great book to start an exploration of a topic which has had a profound impact on our world already. Worth buying just to read why the introduction of Gutenberg's printing press offers us a perspective on the internet. Given the complexity of the subject, John Naughton has written an easy to understand book, which instead of trying to provide just answers, asks many questions too, all of which helps the reader to understand a technology which affects us all, but most of us seem to have surprisingly little curiosity about.


Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders?: A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential
Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders?: A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential
by Jeffrey Cohn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.56

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for libraries., 21 Feb 2012
Why title a review, "Thank goodness for libraries"? Simply because if I'd bought this book, (I borrowed it from my work library), I would have been seriously annoyed.

The authors have broad experience and deep interest in this subject, and the book addresses an important issue, but it follows a well-worn path of offering another list of leadership traits, an assurance that this is the magic list for leaders, and then finishes with a basic discussion of selection and development processes on how to find and develop leaders. There was a lack of references, particularly to some of the rigorous psychological studies in this field, overall an anodyne piece of work.

This book will appeal to those who are seeking a 'silver bullet' on how to find the right leaders, but you would be much better served by reading Rakesh Khurana's work "Searching for a Corporate Saviour: The Irrational Search for Charismatic CEOs".


Leadership, Management and Command: Rethinking D-Day
Leadership, Management and Command: Rethinking D-Day
by Professor Keith Grint
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £39.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original and thought-provoking examination of D-Day, 9 Jun 2011
Keith Grint has produced an original and thought-provoking examination of D-Day bringing the history alive in a way that provides valuable lessons for today. The book is very well written, and extremely easy to read, with the impressive amount of detail.

By looking at the events of the 6th June in terms of the types of problems (Wicked, Tame or Critical) the elements of that day presented, Grint provides a fresh and envigorating perspective on this important day. Whether you are a military historian or interested in leadership and the challenges of modern organisations this book will provide a fresh perspective through which to consider the challenges of today and to rethink what happened on the 6th June.


Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work
by Paul Babiak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The best thing about this book is its title, 16 Oct 2010
A great title, who wouldn't be intrigued by the prospect of finding out about the psychopaths at work? However, I found the book to be very light, more in the dreaded vein of "pop-psychology" rather than a serious useful work. Yes the authors did cover the key elements but the over generalisation and over dramatic tone of the work undermined what is a serious subject. The authors had worked hard, but it seemed their effort had gone into making a 100 pages of useful text expand into the 200+ pages they finished with. To be fair to them, publishers seem to struggle with the concept that 100 pages of useful text will sell just as well, if not better than 200, 300 page works that are over long. For anyone interested in this area I would suggest reading Robert Hare's original work, "Without Conscience". For a useful view of people in work who are exhibiting potential psychological disorders, Manfred Kets de Vries has produced some more considered and better written works in this area. For a related piece of work which demonstrates how a really good book can also be short, look at David Owen's work "The Hubris Syndrome" which is superb.


The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair and the Intoxication of Power
The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair and the Intoxication of Power
by David Owen
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light but perceptive study of hubris in senior leadership, 16 Feb 2010
Lord Owen has produced a well written, readable and perceptive work on the issue of hubris, looking at how it through a case study of Bush and Blair, particularly in the run up to the Iraq conflict.

I found it a thought-provoking and well researched piece and the only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that broadening the work to look at other leaders would have given it more depth.


Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach's Coach: Lessons from the Coaches' Coach
Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach's Coach: Lessons from the Coaches' Coach
by Myles Downey
Edition: Paperback

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Showing its age, 14 Dec 2008
Effective coaching by Myles Downey could be argued to have stood the test of time, it has been one of the most popular introductory books on coaching since its publication. For many years I've put off reading it, until recently. While its a reasonable introduction to the subject of coaching, it is also symptomatic of so many books on coaching that were published during the initial growth of this industry, based around the lessons from one person.

However, the last few years has seen a whole new cohort of authors with much more research rigour publishing in this field. Examples include Erik de Haan who has written widely on this subject, alternatively look at Fitzgerald and Berger's work on Executive Coaching. For those now looking for something beyond a basic introduction, Mary Beth O'Neill's work "Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart" is worth reading to learn how coaching can be applied in an organisational context. If you are looking for something which is an introduction to psychology and coaching, then Bruce Peltier's The Psychology of Executive Coaching is still probably the most readable on this area.


Human Resource Management : A Case Study Approach
Human Resource Management : A Case Study Approach
by Michael Muller-Camen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £37.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pearl amongst swine, 26 Jun 2008
For once a book on Human Resource Management which does not drown in theory. The use of case studies throughout the book to illustrate the key issues in HRM really helped me to undertand the topic. While the use of case studies is not exactly unusual, too often they are add-on's to the theoretical input; in this work they have been integrated from the start as a core part of the material.

Overall a thorough introduction in a practical, easy to understand style to a subject which continues to grow in importance.


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