Three Penguin Group titles chosen as BusinessWeek's business books of 2006
In the current issue of BusinessWeek, three books from Penguin Group (USA) have been chosen by the publication's reviewers to join the ranks of its ten best business books of 2006:Andrew Carnegie
by David Nasaw (The Penguin Press);The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi
by Alexander Stille (The Penguin Press); andAndy Grove: The Life and Times of an American
by Richard S. Tedlow (Portfolio).
Andrew Carnegie brings new life to the story of one of America's most famous and successful businessmen and philanthropists in what BusinessWeek describes as "a meticulous account of a paradoxical American original." Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his early fortune and what prompted him to give it all away, how he was drawn into the campaign first against American involvement in the Spanish-American War and then for international peace, and how he used his friendships with presidents and prime ministers to try to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
On the opposite side of the coin, the story of Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy from 2001-2006 who owned or controlled 90% of the country's airwaves, covers the life story of a mogul who turned his fortune to very different ends. The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi by veteran journalist Alexander Stille (The Penguin Press), according to BusinessWeek reviewer Gail Edmondson: "The Sack of Rome is a frightening case study and one that has plenty of bearing on our own media-driven politics."
BusinessWeek also had high praise for Portfolio's biography of a living legend: Andrew S. Grove, the former Intel CEO. BusinessWeek says "In Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American (Portfolio), Harvard Business School historian Richard S. Tedlow takes a comprehensive look at the tech titan's life and work, providing greater entrée than ever before into Grove's mind. Tedlow tracks the passage of young András István Gróf from communist Hungary to the U.S., his schooling, and his early years at Intel Corp., where he became operations director under co-founders Robert Noyce and Gordon E. Moore."