When ordinary life goes awry

Joseph Finder is the master of the suspense novel in which ordinary people are thrust into extraordinary situations.

His stories often take place in corporate settings. (His books were a major influence on at least one of my novels, The Eavesdropper.)

The Switch is a novel about what can happen when you pick up the wrong laptop by mistake in the airport security line.

An ordinary situation…but not so ordinary.

 


Basic economics in one volume

Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, now in it’s 5th edition, is one of my favorite economics texts for the lay reader.

This book gives you the equivalent of a college-level Economics 101 course. (And I should know: Economics was my undergraduate major.)

I will warn you: This book is long (about 700 pages) and parts of it are a little dry. But it is well worth the effort, if you want a basic understanding of how modern economies work.


You can learn a lot from a rock star

I am old enough to remember when KISS lunch boxes were all the rage among the elementary school crowd.

The music of the rock band KISS is admittedly an acquired taste. So, arguably, is the personality of KISS bassist Gene Simmons.

Simmons is outspoken and politically incorrect. He has never been hampered by a lack of self-confidence.

But Simmons also has an inspiring life story–from early childhood poverty in Israel, to mega-riches and fame in the United States. His is literally a rags-to-riches story.

Wouldn’t you like to know how he did it? I sure did–which is why I bought and devoured his book, Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business