Since I previously worked in a software engineering department, and still work closely with them, I thought this book might help bridge the gap with the rest of the people in the company that might not understand how to work with them. This book has decent concepts but is severely outdated with its stereotyping of 'Geeks'.
Bear Bryant On Leadership: Life Lessons from a Six-Time National Championship Coach - Interviews with past players and those that knew Bear Bryant made this an interesting read. It highlights his strengths, his presence, his accomplishments to give you a great understanding of his leadership principles. Roll Tide.
Blindside: How to Anticipate Forcing Events and Wild Cards in Global Politics - 'Blindside' shows what happens when decision-makers ignore the potential for "low probability" events and how they could lead to larger intelligence failures in the future. It is essential that we understand the obstacles that prevent us first from seeing the future clearly and then from acting appropriately on our insights
Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations - The role of analysis in producing intelligence is explained in this book. It provides analysis on the details of getting intelligence right. The book's six sections present a coherent plan for improving analysis. Early chapters examine how intelligence analysis has evolved since its origins in the mid-20th century, focusing on traditions, culture, successes, and failures.
Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad- O’Hern criticizes America’s military leaders for being enamored with high-technology solutions for all situations, including intelligence operations. Essentially, we are still relying on an intelligence system that was designed to beat the Soviet army. Using examples from human source operations conducted in Iraq, this book explains why human intelligence—not technology—is the key to defeating an insurgency
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community - Bowling Alone focuses more on social science. It talks about how more and more Americans are becoming disconnected. Americans are one of the few people that can work in a group with others from another country, and then be asked about the tasks they were given. They will be able to answer the question about the tasks, but fail to remember anything about the socio-emotional side of the activity.
The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country - While this book highlights the more well known influential people, it also sheds light on those that did not have a huge spotlight. It also sheds some light on some of the more complex issues surrounding some of their lives.
Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do And Why They Do It - Many aspects of this book are relevant with current issues. Bureaucracy is the classic study of the way American government agencies work and how they can be made to work better. It provides an in-depth analysis on a wide range of bureaucracies, including the Army, the FBI, the FCC, and the Social Security Administration.