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Here are some other books I've read recently that get two thumbs up.

A Common Good, The Friendship of Robert F. Kennedy and Kenneth P. O'Donnell by Helen O'Donnell

Atlas of Anatomy by Giovanni Iazzetti Enrico Rigutti

Pumps for Various Purposes, 1939 Edition, Published by International Textbook Company. (Thanks to my friend Russ Taylor for this gift!)

In Achieving the Desired Indoor Climate – Energy Efficiency Aspects of System Design thirteen well-known international researchers present the latest know-how on the compound connections between the indoor climate and energy efficiency.

The first section of the book deals with the impact of indoor climate on people’s well-being, health and performance levels. It shows which factors make up the concept indoor climate and how they can be translated into measurable design requirements. It also explores how indoor climate requirements vary according to the intended purpose of the building.

The next section deals with the building and its technical support systems. Based on design indoor climate requirements, the book gives examples of how to create energy-efficient hydronic and airborne system solutions. It also outlines the energy needs of a building – what they are and where they occur – and relates them to the technical support systems that exist to meet these needs.

The last section covers all the processes related to a building. Everything from the early commissioning stages to the operational stage where energy management plays an important role. It also gives examples of different economic models.

Achieving the Desired Indoor Climate – Energy Efficiency Aspects of System Design is written for professionals in the building sector and students at colleges and universities.

In addition to my studies in architecture and engineering I have prepared a short list of books from my personal library.

Growing Businesses & Business Transitions

Poor Charlie's Almanac, Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Forward by Warren Buffett (The Boys from Berkshire Hathaway)

Iaccoca – Iaccoca (Past CEO of Chrysler)

Going For It –Kiam (Past CEO of Remington)

Pour Your Heart Into It –Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)

Straight From The Gut –Welch (Past CEO of General Electric)

Be My Guest –Hilton (Past CEO of Hilton Hotels)

The Road Ahead –Gates (Past CEO of Microsoft)

Sam Walton: Made In America –Walton (Past CEO of Wal-Mart)

Swim with the Sharks - McKay (CEO of McKay Envelop)

The Nordstrom Way –McCarthy

Microsoft Secrets –Cusumano/Selby


Thriving On Chaos -Peters

The 110% Solution -McCormack

Succeeding –Templeton (Sir Templton)

The Customer Driven Company -Whiteley

Letters Of A Business Man To His Son –Ward

The Spirit Of Enterprise  – Gilder

Growing Pains – Flamholtz

Managing The Future –Tucker

In Search Of Excellence –Peters/Waterman

Titans –Newman

Optimizing Your Business – Abraham

Business Owner Transitions – U of C

Good to Great – Collins

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, and Charles Burck

The John Deere Way: Performance that Endures by David Magee

Your Million Dollar System by Ronald Coleman

David Rockefeller: Memoirs by David Rockefeller

The Definitive Drucker - Edersheim

Business Strategies and Tactics

The Art of War, Sun Tse (Forward by Clavell)

KingRat –Clavell

TaiPan –Clavell

Shogun –Clavell

Noble House - Clavell

Life And Death On The Corporate Battle Field –Solman/Friedman

Leading the Revolution – Hamel

The World is Flat - Thomas L. Friedman

The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

The Next Great Bubble Boom: How to Profit from the Greatest Boom in History: 2006-2010 by Harry S. Dent

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant, W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

Mind Set!: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future, John Naisbitt



The Intelligent Investor –Graham

Wit And Wisdom -Buffet

The Wealthy Barber  –Chilton

Men Of Property -Goldenberg

Canada’s 50 Best Stocks -Francis

The Warren Buffet Portfolio -Hagstrom

The Millionaire Next Door –Stanly/Danko

The Millionaire Mind –Stanley


Economics & Finance

Economics -Lipsey/Sparks/Stiener

The Pig And The Python –Cork/Lightstone

The Great Boom Ahead –Dent

The Roaring 2000’s –Dent

Natural Capitalism –Hawking/Lovins

How To Reduce Taxes -Sells

Personal Finance For Canadians -Brown

Financial Self Defense –Givens

Wealth Without Risk For Canadians –Givens

Your Money And How To Keep It –Stoddart

Stop Buying Mutual Funds –Heinzel

Boom, Bust And Echo –Foot

Age Wave - Dychtwald

Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner


Communication and Human Behavior

Ordering Your Private World -Macdonald

Chicken Soup For The Soul -Confield/Hanson

Attitudes -Schuller

Re Framing -Bandler/Grinder

Solutions -Cameron/Bandler

Using Your Brain -Bandler

Frogs Into Princesses -Bandler/Grinder

Neuro Linguistic programming – Bandler/Grinder

Dare To Discipline -Dobson

3 Steps To A Strong Family -Eyre

Raising Positive Kids In A Negative World -Ziglar

Wonder Of Boys -Gurian

Fatherhood -Cosby

Strike The Original Match -Swindoll

The Parenting Challenge, Behavior 6-12 -Rincover

What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew -Dobson

Classroom Magic -Lloyd

Technical Communication -Dagher

What’s My Type? –Hurley/Dobson

Hiring Smart –Mornel

Psycho-Cybernetics And Self-Fulfillment –Maltz

Awake The Giant Within –Robbins

Word Power Made Easy –Lewio

Reading People – Dimitrius

Mending Broken Children –Flaro

Communication - Lischeron

Behavioral Insights For Supervison -Reber/Van Guilder

Blink - Malcolm Gladwell


Inspiration, Motivation, Education

Survivor Personality - Siebert

Holy Bible

The Way

The Parenting Bible

The Living Bible

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People –Covey

The Power Of Positive Thinking –Peale

Confessions Of A Happy Christian –Ziglar

Be An Extraordinary Person In An Ordinary World –Schuller

How To Win Friends And Influence People –Carnegie

Mega Memory –Trudeau

Maximize Your Memory –Simon/Schuster

Over The Top –Ziglar

Think And Grow Rich –Hill

See You At The Top –Ziglar

When Smart People Fail, Hyatt/Gottlieb

Mega Memory –Trudeau

Mega Math –Trudeau/Flansburg

Mega Speed Reading –Trudeau/Berg

Your Secrete Wealth –Abraham

1001 Ways To Reward Employees –Nelson

How To Stay Alive In The Woods -Angier

Secretes Of Warmth -Weiss

N.O.L.S. Wilderness Guide -Simer/Sulivan

Snow Camping -Creore

Inside Outward Bound –Wilson

Surviving Denali –Waterman (also known as Mount McKinley)

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman and Barrett Whitener


Sales & Negotiating & Presentation

Relationship Selling – Audio Series

Secretes Of Closing The Sale -Ziglar

50 Powerful Ideas For Keeping Customers –Timm

Customers For Life -Sewell/Brown

How To Close Every Sale –Girard

Sur/Petition –Bono

Professional Selling from A to Z – Audio Tape Series

Subliminal Selling – Audio Tape Series

Negotiating  – Audio Tape Series

How to Give Exceptional Customer Service - Ford

Secretes Of Power Presentations –Bender

The Complete Toast Master –Prochnow

Technically Write -Blicque

Getting to Yes - Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton


Product Design

To Engineer Is Human -Petroski

The Evolution Of Useful Things -Petroski



Foundations Of Marketing - Kurtz

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries and Jack Trout

The New Positioning -Trout

Dig Your Well Before Your Thirsty –Mackay

The 22 Immutable Laws Of Branding –Ries

Bottom Up Marketing –Ries/Trout

Horse Sense –Ries/Trout

The Project 50 –Peters

The Brand You 50 –Peters

Differentiate Or Die –Trout/Rivkin

The Luck Factor –Tracy

EVEolution – Popcorn

The Fall of Advertising & Rise of PR – Ries

Is There Anybody Out There? - Getting Noticed - Nathan King

Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman


Leaders –Bennis/Nanus

Powell on Leadership – Powell (General Collin Powell)

Leadership – Giuliani (Past Mayor of New York)

Lead The Field –Nightingale

Leadership – Peters

Their Finest Hour – Churchill (Sir Winston Churchill) – just started

Profiles in Courage – Kennedy (JFK) – next on the list



The E-Myth – Gerber

The E-Myth Revisited– Gerber

The E-Myth Manager - Gerber

The Quadrant Solution –Stevens/Cox

Liberation Management –Peters

Running A Foreign Business In Japan –Kaisha

13 Fatal Errors Managers Make –Brown

First Things First –Covey/Merril/Merril

The Greatest Management Principle In The World –Leboeuf Phd

The Management Of Time –McKay

Putting The One Minute Manager To Work –Blanchard/Larber

Hardball –Shook



Harvard Business Review on Entrepreneurship - Harvard Business School