Top books 2010

Last year I read 12 books. Two of them were particularly good:

The Innovator’s Dilemma

This book taught me what marketing was really about. It coined the term Disruptive technology. It’s a great introduction to the world a business for science minded people and for business people wanting to understand how technological changes affect companies and markets. The first chapter is available on business week’s website; if you find it interesting, you should definitely get the book and read it, everything in it is worth reading.

Good Calories, Bad Calories

A big fat book about nutrition. With all the ‘nutritional experts’ around contradicting each other, it’s hard to know who to trust. After reading this book, I’d trust its author, Gary Taubes, more than anyone. Good Calories, Bad Calories is packed with facts, studies result, and studies critics. The author argues that carbohydrates are what make us fat, and he supports this remarkably well. The book is 640 pages long, but there’s nothing to remove, every sentence is necessary and informative. The writing style of Taubes turns what could be a dry reading into an entertaining one.

If you don’t have time to read such a big volume, you can read Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, a shorter version of Good Calories, Bad Calories.