Books

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Mark Ovenden: The Paris Underground

Based on his new book about the Paris metro, Mark Ovenden shares its Art Nouveau inspired stations and Art Deco signage. The book contains more than one thousand maps, diagrams, and photographs — historical and current — along with fascinating factual tidbits and enthusiastic, informed commentary embellish this gorgeous cultural history of the Métro’s design and construction.

Best business books 2011

From strategy+business: Although they cover a wide variety of topics and fields, just about all of the books featured in the seven essays ahead are rife with dissatisfaction. Many of their authors have tracked down root causes of the destruction of economic value and prescribed radical solutions for them. Judging by the fact that the expert essayists we recruited to cull this year’s stack of business books chose these particular titles, it’s fair to assume that they too would welcome change that alters the status quo. · Go to Best business books 2011 →

Key learnings from Steven Pinker: The better angels of our nature

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?

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What are you reading this summer?

It's been a summer filled with traveling, with more in store the next two weeks. When I travel, I have more time for reading. Here's what I'm packing for this next trip.

Positivity

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson discusses her new book that focuses on what positivity is and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective. Fredrickson challenges us to choose hope over fear. To be open, be curious, be appreciative, be kind and above all, be real.

Presence

Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning. In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, organizational learning pioneers Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers explored the nature of transformational change — how it arises, and the fresh possibilities it offers a world dangerously out of balance.

Organizational culture and leadership

by Edgar H. Schein. Whether they intend to or not, leaders play a crucial role in creating and manifesting an organizational culture's capability of achieving its mission and goals. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary business realities, Schein defines culture and demonstrates the impact leaders have in forming culture in their own organizations.

Jonathan Haidt: The Happiness Hypothesis

by Jonathan Haidt. This is a book about ten great ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations — to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives... It is a book about how to construct a life of virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning.