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Friday I added Upstream: The Quest To Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath to the Recommended Reading List.

Heath is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center.  This is primarily a business book but among other things government should be in the problem prevention/solving business.  The subtitle pretty much tells it all; the book is about attacking the cause of problems not their results.


I just added Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard to the Recommended Reading List.

The book is not a hit job on Charles Koch (the controlling interest in the business).  While it outlines many of his and his father’s illegal activities it also will give you reason to respect the business.  Koch Industries takes a long, not short, term approach to its ventures.  One of my biggest criticisms of American big business is its obsession with the month, quarter or at best fiscal year.  It also was a pioneer in the gathering and correlation of information.

One the evil end, Charles Koch only cares about what helps his businesses make money and absolutely nothing else motivates him to the great determent of America and the planet.

This is worth reading as a business and/or political book.  It should be required reading in American colleges  for all business and political science majors.