This year has been a prolific one for our Cool Friends. There's been a bumper crop of books from them—see the list below! One of the books is by a Cool Friend's coauthor (but Tom liked it), Sway, by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman. Some of the books are by Cool Friends we haven’t heard from in a long time (such as Harriet Rubin), and others are from those whose names appear in bookstores more regularly (such as, say, Seth Godin). We’re glad to see these great minds at work.
Here's the list, in publication date order. Some of the books are paperback editions of hardbacks published in 2007, but they're included anyway. We left out books by people we interviewed in 2008, however. We apologize to anyone whose book we mistakenly left out. To all our Cool Friends, we wish you success with your latest works! To the rest of you, here's a reading list covering a wide range of Tom-esque topics:
Strategy and the Fat Smoker; Doing What's Obvious But Not Easy by David Maister (2 Jan 2008)
Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life by Richard Florida (10 March 2008)
The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need by Dan Pink and Rob Ten Pas (1 April 2008)
Beyond Bullsh*t: Straight-Talk at Work by Sam Culbert (1 April 2008)
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger (29 April 2008)
The Mona Lisa Stratagem: The Art of Women, Age, and Power by Harriet Rubin (29 April 2008)
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman (3 June 2008)
Saving the World at Work: What Companies and Individuals Can Do to Go Beyond Making a Profit to Making a Difference by Tim Sanders (16 September 2008)
In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography by John Gartner (30 September 2008)
The Power of Design: A Force for Transforming Everything by Richard Farson (1 October 2008)
The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham (2 October 2008)
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin (16 October 2008)
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't by Robert Sutton (23 October 2008)
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