FC Recommends

What is — and isn’t — on the Fast Company bookshelf.


Big Picture

The Future in Plain Sight: Nine Clues to the Coming Instability,
by Eugene Linden
(Simon & Schuster, 1998).


Linden, a veteran journalist, pieces together a vivid picture of the future, circa 2050. It’s not a pretty sight, marked as it is by ecological catastrophe, vast human suffering, and cultural sanitization. Linden also offers a vigorous examination of the interplay of changing economic, environmental, and demographic patterns.

Best Practice

Career Intelligence: The 12 New Rules for Work and Life Success,
by Barbara Moses
(Berrett-Koehler, 1997).

Moses, a Canadian career guru, hits every sinister note in the new world of work – including the end of the “job.” But just as you’re about to hurl yourself over the cubicle wall, she offers a truly useful guide to career activism. She starts readers off with four Zen-like principles: “Be a career activist,” “Know yourself,” “Know what you love,” “Be who you are.”


Day Job: A Workplace Reader for the Restless Age,
by Jonathan Baird
(Allen & Osborne, 1998).

This quirky workplace journal, complete with clippings from management theory and shrewd marginal jottings, offers a canny, cubicle-eye view of the new freedoms and the age-old oppressions of work. The look is handcrafted hypertext; the voice is more working-class hero than Gen-X malcontent.


The 48 Laws of Power,
by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
(Viking, 1998).


This dizzying encyclopedia of duplicitous cunning draws on the wisdom of masters of the “art of indirection” – from the writers of ancient Chinese proverbs to Machiavelli – to provide an inexhaustible supply of strategies for getting ahead. One favorite: “Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.”