noviembre 11, 2004

Important lesson learned from my father

Always have a book with you wherever you go. It's amazing how having an interesting book can make otherwise frustrating waits into an enjoyable time. The 10 minute wait at the dentist's office can be productive if you let it be.

What I'm reading now: Eyewitness to Power by David Gergen. Gergen is a former speechwriter to Nixon who went on to work in the White House for Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He's a very moderate Republican who now teaches in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His book is supposed to be about leadership lessons from those four presidents. In other words, it seems like he wrote the book with his classes at the Kennedy School in mind. So now he can make students buy his book, and he can profit from teaching. [This is a personal pet peeve of mine.] The book is much less anecdote-heavy than usual. I'm underwhelmed thus far.

I also got The New New Thing by Michael Lewis of Liar's Poker and Moneyball fame. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, which seems to be a highly recommended business book. Netanyahu: The Road to Power, a 1998 biography by Caspit and Kfir (originally written in Hebrew; translated by Cummings).