Built to Fail: The Inside Story of Blockbuster’s Inevitable Bust

By Alan Payne Reviewed by Chris Wendel Alan Payne has an axe to grind. During the heyday of the video rental era, Payne operated perhaps the most successful Blockbuster Video franchise chain in the U.S. Unlike Blockbuster’s corporate owned stores, Payne had the autonomy to make many...

Book Review: How to Change

Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a world where self-improvement messages come at us constantly, a book labeled “How to Change” might need more than a simple title to stand out. Fortunately, behavioral economist Katy Milkman uses motivating, well-researched approaches for working through the challenges that can...

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...