Way back in 1981, I think it was, a business book literally kept me up all night reading.* It was Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, about a rogue team building a pioneer mini-computer at Data General. Well, it's happened again, with one of the trip-reading picks I mentioned the other day. Namely, The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth. Hate to use the hackneyed term, but it's a real page turner, and among other things it gives the best description of "business strategy" unfolding in a world changing at warp speed. (*The only other biz book that caused an all-nighter was Henry Mintzberg's The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning—which I read on my first trip to Dubai ever so long ago.)
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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