Thursday, January 04, 2007

vaspers most influential books of 2006

Books play a huge and major role in my life and the books of 2006 are no exception.

Books, blogs, and CDs are basically all I really need. The other stuff, house, car, washer & dryer are nice, but they don't give life any zing and zam. They make it easier to have the zing and zam, I'll grant you that much. I gaze in silent adoration of my books especially. I can interact with them in any or no sequence, any time, any place that's light enough.

Here are the books that most rotated the tires of my thinking during the past year.

(1) A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds by Jacques Derrida (Columbia University Press, 1991).

(2) Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed by Jakob Nielsen & Marie Tahir (New Riders, 2002).

(3) Talent: Develop It, Sell It, Be It by Tom Peters (DK, 2005).

(4) Selected Prose and Poetry by Rudyard Kipling (Garden City Publishing, 1937).

(5) Gonzo Marketing by Christopher Locke (Perseus, 2001).

(6) Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers by Robert Scoble & Shel Israel (John Wiley & Sons, 2006), in which I am quoted.

(7) Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought by Langdon Winner (MIT, 1977).

(8) Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary by Hugo Ball (University of California Press, 1996).

(9) Managing for the Future by Peter F. Drucker (Truman Talley Books/Dutton, 1992).

(10) Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky (Apress, 2004).

(11) Conversations with Iannis Xenakis by Balint Andras Varga (Faber & Faber, 1996).

(12) Thinking About Management by Theodore Levitt (The Free Press, 1991).

(13) Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM by Paul Carroll (Crown Publishers, 1993).

(14) F'd Companies: Spectacular Dot-Com Flameouts by Philip J. Kaplan (Simon & Schuster, 2002).

(15) Kellogg on Marketing editor: Dawn Iacobucci (John Wiley & Sons, 2001).

(16) Free Prize Inside by Seth Godin (Portfolio, 2004).

(17) Wisdom for a Young CEO: Incredible Letters and Inspiring Advice from Today's Business Leaders by Douglas Barry (Running Press, 2004).

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