Tag: history

Books I’ve Read in the last 12 months

This is NOT a book review- whew, maybe I’ll launch into something like that eventually.

This is¬†simply a list of most of the books I’ve read in the last year, give or take. I’m sure there are some I’ll forget and add later.

Supposedly, Make Twain said something like this:

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

And, I also like this one:

If you don’t read good books, you’re simply rearranging your prejudices

So, here’s my list in no particular order. Let me know if you’ve also read and enjoyed (or hated!!) any of the books below.

  1. The Culture Map, by Erin Meyer
  2. Napoleon, by Andrew Roberts
  3. 1984, by George Orwell (ok, read 1st in high school)
  4. Antifragile, by Nassim Taleb
  5. Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek
  6. Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh
  7. How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill
  8. A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin
  9. The Woodlanders, by Thomas Hardy
  10. A History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell
  11. The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen
  12. Many Lives, Many Masters, by Brian L. Weiss
  13. Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi
  14. Bloodlands, by Timothy Snyder
  15. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
  16. Naked Economics, by Charles Wheelan
  17. Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal
  18. A Clash of Kings, by George RR Martin
  19. Built to Sell, by John Warrillow
  20. The Prince, by Machiavelli
  21. A Storm of Swords, by George RR Martin
  22. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  23. The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin
old books
You HAVE to read good books!

A dead ringer

So I think it went like this (Thanks Howard)

A while back when the Hunchback from Notre Dame passed away, RIP, they needed to find a new bell-ringer for the tower.

They held interviews and narrowed it down to a few qualified candidates, one of which Рcrazy enough Рactually had no arms.  (wow I know, right?)

“How are you going to ring the bell without any arms?” they asked.

He just smiled and said “watch me!” And then proceeded to dead-sprint towards the bell, and smacking his face directly into the 13-ton bronze mass….. BOooOonng!!!!!! The bell sounded quite nicely. Very impressed, the powers that be hired the armless man on the spot.

Mr. No-Arms did well for a few weeks until one day, sadly, he missed the bell with his face and fell down the hole in the tower and didn’t survive the 10-story fall.

Two Parisian policemen showed up to investigate. They took a long look at the situation and scratched their heads.

“Hmm… that was quite a fall” one of them exclaimed.

“Yes indeed” responded the other… “wait a minute does this guy look familiar?”

“Well, I don’t know his name, but his face rings a bell!”


So there you go.

The real story I found interesting related to Notre Dame in Paris was the conflict surrounding who owns the bells. Take a look at these two articles if you want to know more:



Notre Dame's Emmanuel bell