Category : Book Review

Book Review: Zero to One

There is a whole genre of books that have emerged out of the recent infatuation with tech startups; from biographies of Zuckerberg to about a billion cookbooks for success.  I picked this one up because I think Thiel is an interesting guy, a bit Jobs-like in his belief that the…

Book Review: The Phoenix Project

The Pheonix Project is a novel about an IT manager that inherits an IT shop that can’t function without one or two key people, has deployments that are entirely unscripted and only quarterly, makes far too many break fixes and emergency patches, is buried in audit findings and basically sounds…

Book Review: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

At Fannie Mae, I find myself in the new role of dealing with development projects.  With this transition, I have tried to spend time learning about the techniques for managing development.  My reading of DeMarco and Lister’s tomb on the subject is along these lines.   The book is not…

Book Review: Management by Peter Drucker

Management is one of the best known texts by one of the best known authors in business.  There were parts of this rewrite (although apparently a slight rewrite) and parts that I didn’t.  It is, after all, a text book and few could be expected to like it the whole…

Book Review: Flash Boys

I am a huge Michael Lewis fan.  I’ve read all of his books (or at least listened to them), and was thrilled to find out that his latest was coming out on the very day I had a four hour drive. The book centers around a former RBC trader who…

Book Review: Trading Bases

Anyone reading this that knows me personally knows I am both a big Baseball fan and a Las Vegas enthusiast.  I’ve got a good group of friends that makes the trip to Vegas once or twice a year (I think trip number 7 will be in June) and I never…

Book Review: Nerds on Wall Street

I may not be the most active blogger in the world anymore, but I figured it was worth posting my book reviews of my 2014 reading list (what with it being a New Year’s Resolution and all).  Unfortunately, it’s February 5th and I’m only writing the review of my first…

Entrepreneurial Lessons from The Great Gatsby

And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s…

Book Review: Switch by the Heath Brothers

A former colleague of mine recommended Switch by Chip and Dan Heath a few weeks ago.  It’s a book about Change and how to be an effective agent for it.  Little did I know that the next few weeks of my life would encompass a great deal of change as…

Book Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Reading this book has sparked posts about Apple’s Path to Success and The Next Steve Jobs, but that’s not what I want to talk about here.  I want to talk about the book itself, rather than Jobs.  It’s a worthwhile topic, I have to admit I was skeptical about reading…