Being a bibliophile, I get annoyed whenever I read a book that didn’t really need to be a book (and instead would have been fine as a blog post, perhaps better as a Tweetstorm, hell possibly worked as a LinkedIn listicle).
I love this list of publications that really needed to exist. I want to hear from readers (use the comments!) on titles that are (a) timeless OR (b) spineless. I’ll start things off with an example of each:
(a) Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less “antidote to the craziness that plagues our orgs”
(b) The Hard Thing About Hard Things “fairly evident that this is a collection of blogs, strung together”
That's a great article. I really liked Never Spilt the Difference, definitely timeless, and I agree with her that Thinking Fast and Slow could have been a Medium post. It was good but I found myself skipping sections because it was soooo much.
Here are some of the ones that stick with me and were worth the read aka "timeless":
Difficult Conversations, The Design of Everyday Things, Badass: Making Users Awesome, Freakonomics - the first book to convince me I like non fiction and how to challenge my assumptions, Sense & Respond - great book on instituting a practice of continuous learning and customer feedback loops, Brain Rules
Here are some that I wanted to like but honestly didn't get much out of as a book, it could have been a short video or article aka "spineless":
4 Disciplines of Execution - could have been a listicle, Getting Things Done, An Everyone Culture - could have been an article, Principles
Timeless: The Power Broker
Spineless: Crucial Conversations
My favorite quote from the book:
"I’m always surprised at the number of individuals who suggest that the book has helped them immensely, yet when I ask them what specific part has been of most assistance, they hesitantly explain that they haven’t exactly read much of the book at all—okay they’re only scanned the book—but somehow the title, cover, headers, and first few pages have served them well. And they aren’t kidding. A quick glance has helped them enormously."