I have a habit of starting books and not finishing them. Its a habit I am trying to break. So when I finish a book I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
I just finished Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Man Behind Them – The Real Reason America Went to War in Iraq by Bob Drogin.
This is the very uncomprehensive review I posted on Facebook weRead.
5 stars! Life changeing. Not as much for the extra-ordinary subject matter – which was jaw dropping – but for the insight into the inherent disfunction of organisations.
I think its a given that to get the top, you have to put your career interests before the company’s interests when they are in conflict. So when is there ever going to be anyone AT THE TOP that will put their career on the line for the good of the organisation? Its not going to happen.
When it comes to the crunch, good company men (and women) are hard to find at the top of the tree.
Just ask the CIA.
I have a habit of only picking books that reflect my interest in political science and modern ethics. I see a title and I am overcome by the urge to learn about something that’s going on in the world.
The trouble with this approach is, while these books might be fascinating they are also frequently complex. Which would be fine. Except when I’m under pressure with other things in my life I tend to put them down and not pick them up again, because you really need to concentrate when you read them.
Thus the unfinished books.
So in an effort to stop doing this, I am making a conscious effort to chose books for entertainment value more frequently. Ficton!
Some of the good stuff I read recently was Law and Order by Dorothy Uhnak. I recommend that one. And I just picked up Heartsick. Its time for an easy read. The author who is being hailed as the next Thomas Harris.
I do read girl books! I read The Devil Wears Prada! It was brilliant. Anna Wintour (sorry, ‘Miranda Priestly’) was only slightly less scary that Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield and Hannibal Lecter all put together.