Hello Curious Economists! Starting this week, we’re happy to present to you a new section where we share with you five must-read books this week. The books will span topics like economics, business, technology, psychology and personal development. We hope you gain from this endeavour. If you do, please drop us a comment and tell us what sort of books you’re interested in reading.
Book #1: Made in America by Sam Walton
Sam Walton, one of the world’s richest businessmen, recounts his humble beginnings and the modest origins that helped him learn values that would help him build the most successful retail business in the world – Walmart. Read this book to get insight in the mind of a genius, and learn how to build a great business.
Book #2: Made in Japan by Akio Morita
If Sam embodies the American Dream, Akio Morita is the Japanese equivalent. The founder of electronics giant Sony, shares several insights into building a truly innovative business and more importantly – sustain it for so many years. Morita’s writing is sharp and to-the-point, and there’s plenty of learning in every page of this book.
Book #3: Affluenza by John de Graff, David Wann & Thomas H Naylor
Is our habit of consuming more than necessary spoiling us? What are the long-term repercussions of overconsumption? Who does overconsumption affect most? How can we get away from it all? These are a few questions answered in this excellent book. Read to understand the ugly backside of capitalism.
Book #4: Crippled America by Donald Trump
Donald Trump, the Republican nominee in this year’s US Presidential Election, talks about the issues that he thinks are crippling the great nation of America. He talks about the ‘disastrous’ Obama administration and how he will ‘correct’ all the mistakes that Obama has made. It’s an excellent read if you are someone who wishes analytically and not just emotionally wish to judge Mr. Trump.
Book 5: Nawabs, Nudes, Noodles by Ambi Parameswaran
If you are interested in Indian advertising, then this book is a great treasure trove of information. It’s a joyride through the annuls of Indian advertising through the lens of Ambi Parameshwaran, an ad-veteran whose immense love for the subject comes forth in the book.
That’s it from us for this week. If you plan to pick up any of these books, and do drop us a line telling us how you liked it. May the learning never stop!