Five books in sixty seconds

Last Updated Jan 16, 2008 5:37 PM EST

Fast Company (for which I sometimes write) has a look at five business books just out. Smart Books 2008 looks at The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google (Nicholas Carr), Strategy and the Fat Smoker: Doing What's Obvious but Not Easy (David Maister), The Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers (Keith R. McFarland), The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism (Matt Mason), and The Riddle: Where Ideas Come From and How to Have Better Ones (Andrew Razeghi).

It turns them into an elevator pitch review, and gives a Pick It or Skip It recommendation at the end.

You can't beat that, unless you're hoping for a review that will save you from having to read the books.

  • Michael Fitzgerald

    Michael Fitzgerald writes about innovation and other big ideas in business for publications like the New York Times, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc. and CIO. He’s worked as a writer or editor at Red Herring, ZDNet, TechTV and Computerworld, and has received numerous awards as a writer and editor. Most recently, his piece on the hacker collective the l0pht won the 2008 award for best trade piece from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He was also a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion.