The Soul of an Entrepreneur: Work and Life Beyond the Startup Myth

By David Sax Published by Hatchett Book Group, April 21, 2020; 320 pages; hardcover, $28 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The way entrepreneurship is viewed in today’s popular culture and what is really happening in the world are two different things. Who's it for? Broad audiences. Author’s note: “When I...

Book Review: Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results - An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. By James Clear; published by Avery Publishing Group, October 16, 2019. 320 pages. Hardcover $27 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: Author James Clear combines behavioral science...

Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work

By Jennifer Petriglieri Published by Harvard Business Review Press, 2019, 251 pages Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The changing dynamic of a dual career couple is explored by examining the underlying forces that create imbalances with home and work. Who’s it for? As the title suggests, Couples That...

The Infinite Game

By Simon Sinek Published by Portfolio Books, October 15, 2019; 272 pages; hardcover $28; e-book $15; audiobook $25 In a nutshell: There’s an important distinction between maintaining the status quo and working with a long-term purpose. Who is it for? General audiences, although the book’s examples make it pertinent...

A Decade’s Worth of Business Books

By Chris Wendel It’s the beginning of a new decade; time to both reflect and look ahead. It’s also been close to 10 years since I began reviewing business-related books for the TCBN.  It was recently suggested by local SCORE mentor Ed Ketterer that I put...

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don’t Know

By Malcom Gladwell Little, Brown, and Company: (September 19, 2016) 400 pages; hardcover $30; e-read version $16; audio version $15 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: In his latest book, writer Malcom Gladwell combines social science with his unique storytelling to explain why all of us are poor...

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

By Yvan Chouinard Penguin Books; updated 2nd edition (Sept. 6, 2016), 272 pages, softcover: $10 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: In an encore edition of a book first published in 2005, Yvan Chouinard, founder of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia, authentically tells the story of his business...