Losing the Signal”  Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff (7/10)

Steve Jobs”–Walter Isaacson (7.5/10):  A well-written, well-researched account of one of the most influential people of our lifetime does justice to the subject matter and reminds us that he truly was one of a kind.  [Winter 2012]

“Liar’s Poker” Michael Lewis (6.5/10): A funny memoir on the life as a bond trader is a fun read, but not as memorable as “Moneyball” [Spring 2011]

“Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street”–Kate Kelly (3.5/10):  An excruciating account of the fall of Bear Stearns that’s so impersonally written that it reads like a timeline, “The Smartest Guys in the Room” this book ain’t.  [Spring 2011]

“The Last Lecture”–Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (7/10):  More a series of essays than a book, this is an inspirational, must-read collection authored by a man who in his dying moments taught those of us who are left in this world what life is about and how to make the best of it.  [Winter 2011]

“Decision Points:–George W. Bush (8.5/10): A book by a man even my politically indifferent friend calls a “delusional lunatic” won’t change anyone’s opinion about him, but this book provided the insight and the closure I needed to the presidency I loved.  [Winter 2011]

“Pirate Latitudes”–Michael Crichton (6.5/10):  Crichton’s last complete book is a good, but not superb, one; he’s a great story teller, although the story itself isn’t the best he’s ever told.  [Winter 2010]

“Moneyball–The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”–Michael Lewis  (9/10):  The story of how Billy Beane  changed the game of baseball is a beautifully written book that personalizes a rather mundane topic: baseball management. [2010]

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron-Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind (9/10):  This gripping account of the Enron scandal gives a briskly-paced detailed blow-by-blow of what occurred at the energy trading company without being bogged down in the details.  [2010]

“The Broker”–John Grisham (1/10):  I so thoroughly detested this shallow book in which the only thing that happens is the protagonist trying to escape some government agents that I vowed never to buy another book by this author, who, over a decade ago, was my favorite.  [Summer 2009]

“Final Cut : Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists”–Steven Bach (7/10):  A fascinating read when the book is talking about “Heaven’s Gate” (1980).  [Summer 2009]


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