Book: The Appearance of Impropriety

Morgan and Reynolds put the ‘Ethics Establishment’ on trial and find it wanting. The establishment in question is the network of federal regulations, federal regulators, lawyers, public interest groups, and corporations that has grown up since the Watergate scandal and which is concerned with the appearance of wrongdoing as much, or more than, actual wrongdoing itself.

The authors charge that a focus on appearances rather than substance is the principal cause of the loss of trust in government and business in the later part of the 20th century.

They conclude with a back-to-basics set of recommendations for curing the ills appearance-based ethics has engendered.

Book: Getting Things Done

Allen explains, in rather extreme detail, his methods for attaining productivity without stress. His most effective and persuasive point is that you must get everything ‘out of your head’ and into a system in order to reduce the stress of ‘knowledge work’ (I hate that phrase).

The material is quite dry and could easily have been condensed into a pamphlet without a significant loss of information. After a few chapters of reading I opted for skimming the rest of the way.