“Can an economy that has become dependent on lies, misrepresentation, ‘fudging’ of numbers, fraud, embezzlement and a multitude of skimming and scamming operations escape the moral and financial black hole it has created ? The self-evident answer is ‘no’.”
- Charles Hugh Smith, 28 August 2012, as quoted in Edelweiss Journal.
When the parent company of Universal Pictures bought the rights to Michael Crichton’s novel ‘Jurassic Park’, by all accounts they insisted that the slated director, Steven Spielberg, make that film before the film he had earlier wanted to make, namely Schindler’s List. Anybody who has seen Schindler’s List, or for that matter anyone who is even loosely familiar with the Holocaust, will understand why.
We mention Schindler’s List because a broadly related piece by Simon London in the Financial Times from June 2005 asked:
“What is your favourite business book ?”
Simon London went on to answer
his own question, citing, for example, ‘The Living Company’ by Arie de Geus (business
strategy seen through the prism of Anglo-Dutch corporate giant Royal Dutch
Shell), and ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins (a snapshot of then successful US
businesses that may or may not have possessed unique corporate DNA). But he
went on to highlight a book that, despite being widely translated and an
international bestseller, is (in the opinion of this writer) insufficiently
well known to readers today.
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