I need some recommendations from you. After a summer holiday devouring a pile of books, and with another pile earmarked to send out to reviewers for the winter issue of The Business Economist, I’m a bit short of books in my own in-pile. This is a busy time of year, when all my jobs realise they’ve not had any meetings for six weeks, and decide they need to catch up this week or next at the latest. So there are plenty of papers I could be reading. But where’s the fun in that? I do have a couple of books on my iPad, but regular readers of this blog will know my strong aversion to e-books (and, as if I needed another reason, there’s the e-book legacy issue, although apparently Bruce Willis is not taking Apple to court after all). There are specific requirements too. Of course it must be serious but readable non-fiction, economics and business and their hinterland – history, science, social science. Not too big, so I can carry it around on the Tube (I’m just about to give up on a book so chunk I can only read it in bed propped up on a pillow).
At the moment I only have two choices in the house. They are Taking it Big: C Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals by Stanley Aronowitz and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller.
I think I’ll start with the former. But send me ideas!