Book Review: A World Without Email

Reviewed by Chris Wendel Those old enough to remember the early days of email may recall when the work days didn’t revolve around reacting to a back and forth volley of online messages. The original intention of email was to send written memos that expedited communication....

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

By Adam Grant/Reviewed by Chris Wendel Knowing where to look for the book “Think Again” by Adam Grant in my local bookstore presented me with a challenge: Which section of the store would I find it? Part business, part self-help, part science; this nebulous category likes...

Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America

By Alec MacGillis/Reviewed by Chris Wendel Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; March 2021; 402 pages In a nutshell: A scathing throwdown of the behemoth company Amazon, including profiles of the people and communities the company impacts. Who’s it for? General audiences and readers. It was announced recently that...

Post Corona – From Crisis to Opportunity

By Scott Galloway; reviewed by Chris Wendel Published by Portfolio/Penguin Books, 255 pages, Nov. 2020 In a Nutshell: “Post Corona” takes stock of the flaws in our economic system while charting the course recent upheaval will take us next. Author’s Quote: “There are decades where nothing happens, and...

Book Review: The Secret Life of Groceries

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket - By Benjamin Lorr. Published by Avery Press; 336 pages; September 2020 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The evolution of the American grocery store experience is explained by detailing the complicated paths food takes getting there...

The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life — and Saved an American Farm

[caption id="attachment_57099" align="alignleft" width="192"] Published by Ballantine Books, 2019; 251 pages, $27[/caption] Reviewed by Chris Wendel Is entrepreneurial success more luck or hard work?  I couldn’t help but wonder how Sarah Frey, the founder of the large Frey Farms, would answer such a question. In her memoir...

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

[caption id="attachment_56385" align="alignleft" width="162"] 256 pages; published by HarperOne, 2017[/caption] Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: Most standards used to measure success are based on how we stack up against the average. Researcher and author Todd Rose explains why this is wrong and suggests what we can...