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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for professionals

English is my second language. Reading Bruce's book has been a bit difficult for me as one of the reviewer had said below, the content is "chatty"; it is unlike usual technical writing that I get very used to. To be harnest, I am a Java evangelist who dislike C++ very much. However I found Stroustrup's "The C++ Programming" to be well written by comparing to the style of this book. To be picky, I have recommended to the author that the drawings in all his books to be considered ugly. Lastly, I am still thanksful to him for making the downloadable versoin of this title available.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You mean PCs Limited?

Dan Zides remembers. Dell was known as "PCs Limited" back in the 80s.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best texts on classical electrodynamics.

This book has to be _the_ classic text for electrodynamics. The material is very readable with many examples and many, many problem sets. All the important topis in electromagnetics for physicists are covered in detail. There are, however, topics for engineers that could get more coverage. For example, waveguide and transmission line theory, Smith charts, etc. But, it is a very good book overall. I have heard some complaints that the problem sets are too hard. But, I think with reasonable effort, and a good teacher, the problems should not be that difficult.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Confidence : How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Read It and Re-read It

This book is a great read that goes down smoothly but also leaves the reader with valuable insights about the dynamics of organizations - the destructive patterns of losing streaks versus the empowering nature of winning streaks, and exactly how these work. The stories are carefully chosen and well analyzed, to illustrate core management principles useful in any endeavor. The book shows very specifically what leaders can do to turn around destructive cycles and shift from mediocrity to a winners' path. As a management consultant, I have already recommended the book widely. Jim Kilts methods for restoring accountability at Gillette is a great example, useful to leaders at all levels; it even gives details about what a CEO can do on his first day on the job. My clients can learn a lot from the techniques used at the BBC to stimulate more innovation and creativity.
It's been amazing how much the sports examples in this book resonate with people in very different fields. The head of a large community non-profit organization had this to say about what he got from reading the analysis of turnaround challenges, and specifically the Philadelphia Eagles case: "The view of turnarounds has been especially beneficial to me. It is uncanny how like that Eagles team our local United Way was when I arrived several years ago. As we make some sweeping enhancements, chapter 6 is dead on, and helpful motivation for our board." He also said that he "sees quickly that this is one of the best reads in his collection of leadership books." I am impressed by how useful the book is and also by the sophistication of the theory underlying it.