Books I Recommend
“House of Cards” – This is a very readable book on the collapse of Bear Stearns. I thoroughly recommend it for those who wish to understand what happened and why. There are certainly implications for risk management, governance, and audit
“Enterprise Risk Management” – a collection of chapters on various risk management topics, edited by John Fraser and Betty Simkins. Subjects range from the basic to the complex, so there is something for everybody.
“Mumpsimus Revisited: Essays on Risk Management” and “The Fantods of Risk” by Felix Kloman. These short books by one of the gurus of risk management help you understand the evolution of the profession.
“The Pursuit of Wow! Every Person’s Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times” by Tom Peters may not be his best known book (“In Search of Excellence” comes to mind). But his concept of Wow! had a major influence on me, leading me to incorporate similar ideas into my practice and writing.
“Extraordinary Circumstances” is a fine read from Cynthia Cooper, formerly the head of internal audit at WorldCom.
“War” by Sebastian Junger has nothing to do with my normal discussion topics. I found it an intriguing read and a vivid picture of combat in the worst part of Afghanistan.