India Bound

bookstack.jpgOff to India this afternoon. Back on the 18th. Hope my Delhi hotel has decent Web connection, even if not DSL. Going to accompany my wife, Susan Sargent, on a sourcing trip. (Glad you asked. Her new book, The Comfort of Color: Inspire. Transform. Create., is off to a good start. Always delighted to find an excuse, any excuse to “give it a hyperlink”!) Also going on a side trip to Bangalore to the Nerve Center of Infosys … see my earlier, glowing Blogs on them.)

As you may recall, the New York Times ran a recent biz travel piece on me, which underscored how long I spent selecting books for trips. For the amused or interested, I include a semi-final reading list for this trip:

Non-fiction: The Americanization of Ben Franklin, by Gordon Wood; Authentic Happiness, by Martin Seligman; Learned Optimism, also by Martin Seligman; Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World, by Stephen Glain; The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki; Free Your Breath, Free Your Life, by Dennis Lewis (previously blogged); The Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida; The Achieving Society, David McClelland (a 1961 classic, on why some people-nations strive for high achievement, and some don’t); Full House, Stephen Jay Gould (see Steve Yastrow’s and my comments on the recent Barry Bonds blog); The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner (a masterpiece on evolutionary theory and adaptivity); Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd, Applied to Business, Chet Richards.

Fiction: The Peregrine Spy, Edmund Murray; The Dogs of Riga, Henning Mankell; Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear; The Hamilton Case, Michelle de Kretser; The Laments, George Hagen; Shanghai Station, Bartle Bull; The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl; In Times of Siege, Githa Hariharan. (A few of these will be painfully weeded out in the next 4 hours.)