Book Review – December 2010

Some of this month’s reading list:
Note: Book links are to Amazon and if you buy a copy, I get 4%. I will use whatever revenue to buy coffee – full disclosure.

(1) The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Vintage)
by Leonard Mlodinow
Extremely enjoyable book – and definitely accessible for those who don’t enjoy or haven’t been exposed to math (those of us who have been marvel at how well Mlodinow explains these concepts.) An excellent discussion of randomness – why it is difficult to understand (probability theory is relatively recent work) and why we just aren’t good at recognizing it (our brains evolved to recognize patterns.) Nice historical review and excellent anecdotes. Very well written and a nice complement to The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable which is a bit more pithy.

(2) Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life
by Jon Tarrant
If Zen Koans have been perplexing to you (they are for me,) this is an outstanding introduction using several well known Koans and how they may be used in daily life. Not just for Buddhists.

(3) Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t
by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Quick read with numerous examples on what skills work in organizational settings. Recommended. I’ve incorporated some of his suggestions in my work for positive effect.

(4) Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom
currently reading – by Dzogchen Ponlop
Outstanding discussion of Buddhism and how to develop a non-Asian tradition in the West. So far, it’s great. If this is the first, or the hundredth, book on Buddhism you’ll read, it will be equally interesting and useful. Will revise if it heads downhill.


2 thoughts on “Book Review – December 2010

  1. I really liked “Drunkard’s Walk.” Many a lesson in trading and in poker if you think about it. I might read a couple more books of yours and let you know. Please keep me advised what you’re reading and I will do the same:) Jeff

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