Books I have read in 2013

Upon reflection, this is the year that I have read fewer books since 2007. I have read 15 books. This means a little more than one book a month average.  I think it’s a wake up call that I need to balance work and reading (or is it life and reading)? For the last 11 years (2001-2012) I was a university student and teacher. Thus, a change from 100% academic environment to management consultancy work might have contributed to a slow down, which I need to remedy asap.

Well, apart from books, (a consolation?) I have read and analysed a number of academic articles, and government reports (in particular all Tanzanian Poverty and Human Development Reports -Tanzania) for various writing projects.

Here is the list: (I reviewed some- click the attached link on their titles).

  1. Ambrose S., & Brinkley D., Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 (New York: Penguin Books, 1997)
  2. Armstrong K., Muhammad: Prophet For Our Time (London: Harper Perennial, 2007) 249pp
  3. Chang H., & Rowthorn R., (Eds.) The Role of the State in Economic Change (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995) 302pp
  4. Collier P., The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Oxford: Oxfrod University Press, 2007) 209pp
  5. Dostoyevsky F. (Translated by David McDuff), The Idiot (London: Penguin Books, 2004) 732pp
  6. Drucker P., The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writing on Management (New York: Harper, 2008) 357pp
  7. Hochschild A., King Leopold’s Ghost : A story of greed, terror, and  heroism in colonial Africa (Boston: Mariner Books, 1999) 376pp
  8. Kelsall T., Business, Politics, and the State in Africa: Challenging the Orthodoxies on Growth and Transformation (London: Zed Books, 2013) 1990pp
  9. Kissinger H., On China (Toronto: Penguin Group, 2012) 604pp
  10.  Kotter J.P, Leading Change (Massachuset: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012), 194pp
  11. Meredith M., The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence (London: Free Press, 2006) 752pp
  12. Nyerere J., Freedom and Unity: Uhuru na Umoja (Dar-es-Salaam: Oxford University Press, 1970) 366pp
  13. Ramadan T., Islam and the Arab Awakening (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) 245pp
  14. Stiglitz J., & Kaldor M.,(Eds.) The Quest for Security: Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)
  15. Syrett M., Successful Strategy Execution: How to Keep Your Business Goals on Target (Suffolk:  The Economist, 2007) 164pp

The most enlightening of all these books was:

Armstrong K., Muhammad: Prophet For Our Time (London: Harper Perennial, 2007) 249pp … and I thank my dear friend for giving it to me to read…bless him 🙂

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