As I sit here working late at night, with a couple of new posts looking like they will become books in themselves, I started wandering YouTube and found some recent interviews of Francis Fukuyama and Fareed Zakaria. I’ve read too much of Fukuyama’s output over the past seven years, finding The Great Disruption and Trust pretty compelling. But that has nothing at all to do with any of the things that I currently work on.
(Trust does, I suppose. But not in the way that Fukuyama builds his argument.)
All of that led me to think about Owen Jacobs comments at the last GO Society conference in Toronto, that high potentials (“modes 6 and 7”) in the Army were widely read folks. Which led me to then think “What are the readers reading?”
So, what are you reading these days?
I usually have one fiction and one non-fiction on the go at any time. Reading right now:
Anathem – Neal Stephenson
The Stuff of Thought – Steven Pinker
Hot Spots: Why Some Companies Buzz with Energy and Innovation, and Others Don’t – Lynda Gratton
Doors Open – Ian Rankin
Engleby – Sebastian Faulks
Moby Dick- Herman Melville
Setting the People Free; The Story of Democracy – John Dunn
A Most Wanted Man – John Le Carre
The Breaking of Nations – Robert Cooper
Good and Bad Power – Geoff Mulgan
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything – Hitchens
The Federalist Papers
Wallner beginnt zu fliegen – von Steinaecker
Le Chercheur d’Or – Le Clezio)
Did you want me to include media other than books?
I am reading Requisite Writing! I recommend to you “Games Indians Play: Why We Are the Way We Are” by V. Raghunathan. Read this before you do seminars in India!