Whoosh: Business In The Fast Lane
By Tom McGehee, Perseus Publishing, $25

Tom McGehee says he hears it a lot at his job running one of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Accelerated Solutions Environment centers. It’s the sound of businesspeople generating a steady stream of ideas for new products and new business ventures. Enterprises who make this sound regularly McGehee calls Creation Companies. They offer freedom instead of exercising control, value individual expression as well as group collaboration, and stress creating new approaches. Their opposites are Compliance Companies: traditional hierarchical organizations that prefer doing it the way it’s always been done. Can you guess what this sound is? Thought so.

A Very Public Offering: A Rebel’s Story of Business Excess, Success, and Reckoning
By Stephan Paternot, John Wiley & Sons, $27.95

Stephan Paternot was one of the first entrepreneurs to become wildly rich from a dot-com IPO. When theglobe.com tanked with the rest, he was one of the first to lose it all, or almost all of it. Now his book is one of  the first to describe the Internet frenzy from the inside. So far, it’s one of the best.