My next few months are travel-lite, and I'm catching up on my reading. I don't have much to say aside from "people should read more" and here are some recommendations.
Good to Great, by Jim Collins
Ah hey, a book about how perfectly average organizations manage to go to the next level, based on data, and written so that a casual person can just sorta read it and roll. Think about why certain good-sized businesses suddenly outperform their own market by three, four, or five times. It's a common recommendation, but there's a reason for that.
The Last Lion, by William Manchester
Winston Churchill was born as a younger child of a younger child of a noble family, his mother an American heiress, his father a rising star in Parliament ruined by what was probably syphilis for all we know. Took the pound onto the gold standard, thereby bringing the Great Depression to Great Britain. Planned Gallipoli, costing 200,000 lives for no reason. Outcast and irrelevant and chosen to be Prime Minister purely because he was the one Tory the Labour party would accept when it was time to change leadership in 1939, and then for those six years became the popularly chosen greatest Briton of all times. Manchester's biography is comprehensive, covering every bit of Churchill's life from childhood until his death.