I haven’t read very many business books, but I’ve loathed everyone that I’ve read. While they do tend to be both pat and padded, it’s not so much the content I object to. I’ve only got so many reading hours in my life–do I really want to waste them on short-lived views of the trivial world of business?
Still, the occasional business book has a genuinely interesting thesis. Few of these are new ideas. In fact, if I’d read more business books, I was thinking of writing an essay about how all of the hip concepts in today’s business books can be found in Shakespeare. Regardless, people talk about this Malcolm Gladwell dude as if he’s the second coming.
Getabstract.com provides abstracts of the most popular business books. You can prove your mastery of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People over martinis…because you’ll have time for a social life if you don’t have to read the whole book.
I was going to say that I’ve never been much of a Coles Notes reader, but I guess RSS has turned me into a consumer of summaries. Regardless, getAbstract might be the right solution to consuming business books while suffering a minimal amount of pain.