Archive | February, 2006

The Wisdom of Crowds

Title: The Wisdom of Crowds Book author: James Surowiecki Genre: Factual/decision making Readability: OK – although slightly long towards the end The basic idea of this book is that groups of people often make better decisions than individuals, even if these individuals are experts. Surowiecki makes his argument with a number of different examples, from […]

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Blink + The Tipping Point

Titles: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceAuthor: Malcolm GladwellGenre: Factual/business/marketingReadability: Exceptional – he writes very fluently Most people have by now heard of The Tipping Point, and with good reason. It is an excellent book, full of ideas and interesting facts, and […]

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The Pillars of the Earth

Title: The Pillars of the Earth Author: Ken Follett Genre: Fiction Readability: Very good – despite the length Ken Follett normally writes decent-but-not-divine thrillers about secret agents and stuff. Don’t hold it against him. This book is his absolute masterpiece, different from everything else he has written, and one of the most captivating fiction books […]

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The Paradox of Choice

Title: The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Author: Barry Schwartz Genre: Factual Readability: A fast and easy read The subtitle of this book – ‘why more is less’ – pretty much sums up the basic point of the book: that we currently have too many options available to us, and that we would […]

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Wedellsblog goes live

I love books. They make me feel nice and warm all over. There are very few things better than sitting down with a good book, and none of them can generally be purchased for under 20 EUR. I have repeatedly tried to transfer this love of books to my friends. For years on end, they […]

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