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