List of Books

This is an incomplete list of the books that I have read. The verdict is either “Good!” or “Bad!”.

2021

“Up the Organization”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • I assume that the target audience is upper management in big companies.
    • The book is quite old and therefore some of the language and examples are unintentionally weird/funny.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Robert C. Townsend
      • Warren Bennis
    • ISBN
      • 978-0787987756

“Good Boss, Bad Boss”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book contains interesting thoughts that make you think.
    • For my taste, the statements/opinions are too often presented as facts.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Robert I. Sutton PhD 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0446556071

“When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Remark(s)
    • Two many pages (minutes) for too little information.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Daniel H. Pink 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0735210622

“Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken” [English Title “Thinking, Fast and Slow”]

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • This is a very interesting book! But be aware that the duration is about 20 hours (audiobook)!
    • As I said, the content is interesting but it is difficult to follow the thoughts. I wish there would be a shorter “best of” version of the content that I could re-visit after having listen to the complete book :).
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is good enough for an audiobook. Sometimes there are little exercises that are not suitable for the audio format.
    • Language: German
      • For a German-speaking person, the book is good to understand. Personally (as a German), I do not think that I could listen to the audiobook in English — the content is too complex for that. This may be different when reading the paper version of the book.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken” [English Title “Thinking, Fast and Slow”]
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Daniel Kahneman  
    • ISBN
      • 978-3886808861 [English Version 978-0141033570]

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book over-simplifies the world on purpose in order to make a point. In the last chapter, this problem is addressed.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Carol S. Dweck 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0345472328

“The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life”

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Twyla Tharp
    • ISBN
      • 978-0743235273

“What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 – 10th Anniversary Edition: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Tina Seelig
    • ISBN
      • 978-0062942586

2020

“Busy is the New Stupid”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Ebook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an ebook.
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Busy is the new stupid: Die effizientesten Techniken und modernsten Strategien für mehr Fokus, höhere Produktivität und ein besseres Zeitmanagement (konzentriert … erfolgreich handeln)”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Tim Reichel
    • ISBN
      • 978-3959723060

The Elements of International English Style

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • A must-read for professionals who communicate in English (written or spoken). This includes native speakers that communicate with non-native speakers!
    • It would be nice if there would be a kind of checklist that summarizes the book. It’s difficult for me to remember all the tips otherwise.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Paper
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Elements of International English Style”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Edmond H. Weiss 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0765615725

Year Unknown (Too Long Ago)

“Peter Principle”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book has a really simple core message and helps to reflect on your own career.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Paperbook
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong”
      • German: “Das Peter-Prinzip: oder Die Hierarchie der Unfähigen”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Laurence J. Peter 
      • Raymond Hull
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