Category: Book Reviews
I’ll Make You Think SMART: My Book Reviews & Reading Suggestions!
I’m a 30-something Ph.D. and I’m convinced that books are the easiest way to getting a little bit smarter every day. Have a look at my book reviews, reading suggestions and food for thought, I bet they’ll make you think smart, one book at a time! This page regroups the latest book reviews & reading suggestions published on I’ll Make You Think SMART. Just scroll down! I’m sure you’ll find something to suit your needs! So, what are you waiting for? Read-on!
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Business and self-development books are an easy way to think different. Leadership? Creativity? I have you covered!
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Technology is a big thing nowadays. Robots, fourth revolution, blockchain… think outside the box!
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Books can also teach you plenty about society trends, politics and Economics! Globalization, capitalism, China… give them a try!
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All books have things to teach us but there are so many of them out there. Where should you begin? Here’s your chance! Long live bacon!
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All my book reviews and food for thought, one book at a time! Your turn now!
The U.S. Presidential elections of 2016 were messy, dirty even. So what happened to Hillary Clinton? The book explains the elections. It elaborates on Hillary's mindset throughout the campaign (and after). The book tells her side of the drama and will be of interest to those who wonder why things didn't work. This book is quite an interesting read overall, especially if you want to know how politicians think. But I must say that selective-reading helped me get through the book. There's a lot of food for thought in there, read my review of What Happened and find out more about the book!
Are you having difficulty running your business? Are you trying to build a startup in a smart way? The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber explains why many business owners struggle to keep their head above the water and what they do wrong. For this, the book is an excellent reading suggestion. Let's face it, entrepreneurship is tough, so why take chances? The E-Myth Revisited is packed with easily actionable advice, and the way the story is written makes it fun to read. In short, this is a must-read business & startups book. Read my book review of The E-myth Revisited to find out why!
Those of you interested in beautiful coffee table art books - and more precisely pop art design books - will totally love this illustrated album book. In fact, this is one of those coffee table books that we all ought to have. As the title says, the book is full of pop illustrations which will talk to all generations.
The Blockchain is a big thing nowadays, but what is all the fuss about? What is the blockchain? How is it working? What will be the impact on business? ‘The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology’ by William Mougayar explains just that. The book clarifies what the technology means but in contrast with other books such as Blockchain Revolution (also reviewed on I’ll Make You Think Smart), it is a rather technical read. Mougayar’s Business Blockchain book goes into the details! A clear book suggestion if you want to understand what the blockchain is about. Read my book review!
We all want to work less and have a better work/life balance, right? Now, what if the 4-Hour Workweek model developed by Tim Ferriss made you a new rich? What if it helped change your life for good? In this book, Tim Ferriss uses his business life as a case study. He explains what works and what doesn't. He provides plenty of actionable tools to make your business work for you. The 4-Hour Workweek is a reference book out there, and you should know about it if your goal is to escape the 9-5 model. Read my book review, read smart, think smart!
Wondering what Daniel Keyes' book 'Flowers for Algernon' is about? 'Flowers for Algernon' is one of those science-fiction books that you have to read at least once in your life. Not really science fiction, actually. But between science and fiction, that's for sure! Don't think twice, go for it, you'll love it! Spoiler: beware, this book suggestion is really worth your time! Just saying!
Technology is a very trendy topic these days, but again most people just have no clue and just go for chit-chat. Now, The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab (World Economic Forum Founder ) will give you very serious food for thought on the topic. Long stuff short, Schwab sees a real fourth industrial revolution out there, and he explains what is about to happen. The tone is not alarmist, it is forward thinking and constructive because Schwab is a thought-leader who wants to educate. Nice, right? If you want to read smart and think smart, that book has to be on your must-read list!
Here is a book suggestion if you are into contemporary and current global politics, with an emphasis on United States foreign policy: 'Who Rules the World?' by Noam Chomsky. I didn't enjoy reading the book at all, to be honest. Still, my goal isn't to make you read books because I like them but because they bring something to the debate, so here we go. Who rules the world is polemical, but the book has the merit to show one side of the discussions we don't hear about that much: the extremes. Read my book review to find out more.
Technology book suggestion: ‘The Rise of the Robots’ by Martin Ford | I like reading books on technology, especially when they explain what technology is about to change for us. In contrast with more positive books (think Schwab or Ross here), The Rise of the Robots explores the robotization and automation trends. There, Martin ford warns against what comes along with today and tomorrow’s innovation and technological progress. And the picture he draws is quite scary. Technology is a big thing, don't let people tell you what you think! Think smart, read smart! Find out more about the book in my book review!
Trade is one sensitive topic today, between strategical and polemical. So, what is global trade about? How do things work out there? What are the basic principles? In his book 'Specialization and Trade’, Arnold Kling gives us the basics. Kling starts from the theories of Adam Smith and explains what matters. 'Specialization and Trade' is a little complex but it is a very insightful book. Very relevant to those interested in learning more about economic theories and the way they do – or do not – apply in today’s world. Read smart, think smart! Read my book review of Arnold Kling's 'Specialization and Trade'!