Saturday, August 12, 2006

Vacation reading list

We're getting ready to head out for a two week vacation back East, which means lots of reading time. Here's what I'm thinking for my pile:


The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey by Spencer Wells

The End of Medicine: How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor by Andy Kessler


What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty

by John Brockman


The Purpose-driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

by Rick Warren


Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

by Martin Seligman


The Intelligent Investor Rev Ed. (Collins Business Essentials)
by Benjamin Graham


Dave Shearon said...

Dr. Seligman's book is a good introduction to positive psychology. If it interests you in the field, I'd suggest Jon Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis at the individual level and Making the Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance: The Rocky Flats Story by Kim Cameron and Marc Lavine as an introduction to the positive organizational studies.

Anonymous said...

Re: The Purpose-Driven Life, note that this book suffers from a circularity flaw: it says your purpose is to find your purpose. (It also assumes the existence of Imaginary Beings.) Furthermore, it doesn't deal with the nasty problem of what to do if you spend a lot of time working towards something you thought was your purpose but turns out not to be!