Book Reviews for #Careerlions
It has been a while again since my last book list for #careerlions. This week’s blog will focus on three different books that should definitely make your book wishlist. I have had the pleasure of reading these books this year and hope that this will help you find your next books to read. The books I will focus on today are When to Rob a Bank, The Art of People, and 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot.
When to Rob a Bank
I had purchased the book at Barnes and Nobles in Hawaii when I spotted it on sale. It was one of the few books by the authors that I had not yet read and was missing from my bookshelf. When to Rob a Bank is a compilation of blogs featured on their Freakonomics blog. As you may be well aware of, the authors have a great way of using economics to explain the workings of our society. Urging you to rethink causal relations and demand vs. supply reasoning. The blogs have been categorized and ordered in a structured way that makes for a fantastic read. While many of the blogs are now over five years old, the content isn't any less current. Think of topics such as gun violence and diseases that have been making the headlines more and more. I laughed and I felt sad (reading the heartbreaking story of Steven's sister). The structure of the book makes for a perfect read just before bed or waiting for an appointment of some sorts. I can definitely recommend it, even though the material is also free for grabs on their Freakonomics blog. Even this is something that is covered in the book, where they draw a very interesting comparison with bottled water.
The Art of People
I purchased The Art of People by Adam Grant at the airport before taking off to Rome and subsequently going on another trip to Croatia with among others Liona! It had been on my book wishlist for a while and I finally caved. The promises of the book are big as it claims to help you understand what you need to win success and influence. I am not sure that the book lives up to that potential. What the book does do is help you understand more about people skills that are applicable at work, home, and in life altogether. Where some tips and tricks are a bit more on the common sense spectrum, there are also some implementation examples in business that are quite interesting food for thought. The book is an easy read with practical handles for each of the eleven sections, giving it a nice structure to read through. All in all a nice nonfiction book for the business minded if you keep your expectations in check.
59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
Since a while, the Netherlands has its own Amazon. I snatched a copy of 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman for a small price to read on my Kindle app. I was really surprised by this book. It is one of the best nonfiction books that I have read in a while. It stands out from the rest as it uses research-proven ways to change your life in a good way, applicable for everyone basically. The book also has a nice structure like The Art of People, but the research behind is a lot stronger. The tips and tricks in this book are also very simple to implement, namely within one minute. Hence, the title of the book. The book has also been the inspiration for two of our earlier articles on spotting a liar and the difference between satisficers and maximizers.
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