Category Archives: Book Reviews

“Dream of Venice” – A Book Review

Dream of Venice, photography by Charles Christopher, edited by Joann Locktov, forward by Frances Mayes, with 37 contributors.  Bella Figura Publications, 2014.  http://www.bellafiguracommunications.com “Venice is a state of mind” wrote Frances Mayes in her stunning Foreward to this exquisite book … Continue reading

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“Collection of Sand” by Italo Calvino – Book Review

by Randy Bosch                     December 3, 2014 “Collection of Sand”, essays translated by Martin McLaughtin, Mariner Books – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston – New York.  First published in Italian as “Collezione di Sabbia”, October 1984. This collection of 38 non-fiction stories … Continue reading

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“Elements of Venice” by Giulia Foscari, 2014 – A Book Review

“ELEMENTS OF VENICE” by Giulia Foscari A Book Review by Randy Bosch July 10, 2014 Foscari, Giulia, “Elements of Venice”, Lars Muller Publishers, Zurich, June 2014, 692pp., paperback, small format. I received this fascinating and critically important work literally “hot … Continue reading

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Venice 697-1797: A City, A Republic, An Empire – Book Review

Alvise Zorzi’s masterful tome, “Venice 697-1797: A City, A Republic, An Empire” recently fell into my grasp.  Birthday presents are nice!  (Woodstock: The Overlook Press: Peter Mayer Publishers, Woodstock, NY, 2001 revised English edition, 303pp.  Originally published in 1999, Milan). Birthday … Continue reading

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Antifragile – Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Book Review

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Antifragile – Things That Gain from Disorder”,      Random House, New York, (c)2012, 519pp. “Antifragile” has been on the shelves for a year now, I read it when it first came out, yet I felt constrained from writing … Continue reading

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“Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield – Book Review

“DO THE WORK!: Overcome Resistance and get out of your own way”, by Steven Pressfield (The Domino Project, Do You Zoom, Inc., New York, 2011, 98 pages, price?: cheap!) follows his wonderful book “The War of Art” by a few … Continue reading

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Venice is a Fish by Tiziano Scarpa – Book Review

“Venice is a Fish – A Sensual Guide”, by Tiziano Scarpa, Gotham Books (Penguin), New York, 2008, 153pp., originally published in Italian as “Venezia e’ un Pesce”, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore Milano, Milan, 2000. Tiziano Scarpa is a Venetian by birth, by residency, by choice.  One of … Continue reading

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Cafe Life Venice by Joe Wolff – Book Review

Cafe Life Venice is A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bacari of La Serenissima, written by Joe Wolff, photography by Roger Paperno, and published by Interlink Books, Northampton, Massachusetts in 2009. In the style of his previous “Cafe Life” books … Continue reading

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On Leadership

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the publication of John Gardner’s landmark book, On Leadership (The Free Press, New York, 1990).  This eminently readable book is a remarkable treatise worth studying by anyone who leads, manages, follows, or thinks that they can … Continue reading

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