Friday, March 30, 2007

Novels for Executives

Here's a topic that pops up occasionally:
Which novels would you suggest that executives, or would-be executives, read?

A quick and partial list:

What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg

[To illustrate the cost of unbridled ambition.]

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

[For reflections on loyalty, conspiracy, and incompetence.]

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

[Please read before entering the meat grinder known as litigation.]

The Warden by Anthony Trollope

[A good person, trapped by an organization's policies.]

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

[When insanity seems sane.]

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

[For an amusing take on interest group politics.]

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