I just posted a book review of Andy Kessler’s Eat People, a business book about the kind of entrepreneurship that leads to wealth generation on a massive scale. Kessler identifies 12 rules (I think of them more as themes) that he’s observed in his work as an engineer, investment analyst, and tech journalist. While at first I was put-off by the gimmicky title and anecdotal style that sink many books of this type, what puts it apart for me is the way that Kessler pursues his basic question: where does wealth come from? how is it created? And who are the people that really made wealth in history and today? His inquiry into the topic, expressed as his twelve rules, is both intriguing and thought-provoking.
Stylistically, Eat People reminds me more of a crime novel than a business book, but it’s also an insightful book that’s given me some new ideas about how the world of business can be divided into different kinds of profit-generation. Kessler is interested in only one kind of business: the kind that generates wealth through increased productivity. Learn to recognize the conditions that favor this kind of business, and you could do very well.
Check out my full review here.