I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read Hamish McRae’s What Works, a series of case studies of successful businesses, organisations, institutions, cities, and policies. It’s very wide ranging and I suspect McRae may already be regretting the inclusion of Dubai, but in fairness each case study includes a sober reflection on “what could go wrong”. There is a lovely balance of reporting and analysis here.
As a result, I have not had time to read much of Phil Villarreal’s Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel. Basically a humorous collection of ways to cheat others or save money; often in poor taste, but inventive.