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The Effect of Word of Mouth on Sales: Online Book ReviewsJudith A. Chevalier

DO NOT read this paper. It’s awful. It actually uses this sentence as its conclusion “The evidence suggests that customer word of mouth has a casual impact on consumer purchasing behavior at two internet retail sites. We believe this has not been shown before.” Groundbreaking.

Street Gangs: The New Urban InsurgencyMax G Manwaring

I wrote about this here.

Brave New WarJohn Robb

A MUST read. Wrote about it here.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

It’s the third time I’ve read it this year. Every time I do I become more convinced that it ought to be included in high school canon. It ought to go Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn, The Jungle, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, Fight Club. Is there a better book that sums our age? Anything that better encapsulates the existential vacuum and how a society struggles to overcome it? Everyone of those other books were banned or disparaged or slighted by critics but in time we came to see how valuable they were. FC is the same.

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.