I wanted to alert specs to some new books they may find of interest, the first of which I published:

The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company, by Charles Koch should be read by anyone who works in any kind of organization. I am terribly biased but I have never before seen someone take the free market view and apply it to actual business management. When I read the manuscript for this compelling book my first thought was 'Wow. Now I get how the economic principles that Heyne so wonderfully explained works in real business on a day to day, ground level.' Koch may be the most under appreciated yet brilliant businessman in the world. He's also a succinct writer that should appeal to ADD readers. When I am queen of the world, I will run it Charles Koch's way.

Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, by Brian Doherty was reviewed last week in the WSJ. It is not succinct (clocking in at over 700 pages), and I'm not done reading it yet but it's proving a fascinating read that is the first libertarian history of which I am aware. The index is a who's who of so many of specs' favorite thinkers and writers.

A big thank you to Chair for his recommendation of His Excellency George Washington, by Joseph Ellis which tops my list of best reads for 2006. Extraordinary and I didn't want it to end. The lessons I learned will, hopefully, stay with me forever.

Finally, I am also finding The Island at the Center of the World, by Russell Shorto utterly fascinating. NYC owes the Dutch almost everything. . . which takes us back to Charles Koch who is, coincidentally, of Dutch ancestry.


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