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Announcing LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Box of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers 2Ed booksA box of books arrived at my door – my copies of the new Second Edition of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers. All of the work on a book project finally seems real and tangible when you get the box of books and hold one in your hands.

Allison Shields and I wrote the original LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers about a year-and-a-half ago. Then we wrote Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, which debuted about a year ago. We didn’t expect that we’d be writing a second edition so soon, but the massive interface and layout changes and feature updates at LinkedIn and the overwhelmingly positive response we got to the book pushed up our target for preparing a new edition.

LinkedIn’s changes continued all through the writing of the new book this summer and took a lot more work than we expected just to keep up with the changes. We also had the chance to incorporate some of our new ideas on LinkedIn, materials from articles and presentations we’ve given, practical tips and techniques Allison uses when she does training on LinkedIn, and discussion of new features.

In other words, the Second Edition of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is a major update and we’re proud of the new version.

Among other things, you’ll find:

    • All new illustrations, reflection the major interface changes.
    • Discussion of new features like Endorsements and a reconsideration of the use of Premium Accounts.
    • Updated material on Company Pages, Ethics, Ads, Mobile Apps and Privacy Settings.
    • Our best new practical ideas and tips for using LinkedIn in effective ways.
  • The book continues to focus on ten “lessons,” provides more detail on some advanced topics like ethics, and includes a generous helping of our favorite 60 LinkedIn tips.

    Here’s the description of the new edition from the ABA’s Web Store:

    Since the first edition of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers was published, LinkedIn has added almost 100 million users, and more and more lawyers are using the platform on a regular basis. Now, this bestselling ABA book has been fully revised and updated to reflect significant changes to LinkedIn’s layout and functionality made through 2013. LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition, will help lawyers make the most of their online professional networking. In just one hour, you will learn to:

    Set up a LinkedIn account

    Create a robust, dynamic profile–and take advantage of new multimedia options

    Build your connections

    Get up to speed on new features such as Endorsements, Influencers, Contacts, and Channels

    Enhance your Company Page with new functionality

    Use search tools to enhance your network

    Monitor your network with ease

    Optimize your settings for privacy concerns

    Use LinkedIn effectively in the hiring process

    Develop a LinkedIn strategy to grow your legal network

    As I write this, the book is still available with a 15% pre-order discount. Since we’ve received our author copies already, I’m going to suggest that you act quickly on the pre-order discount. There was a lot of interest in using the first edition in connection with training classes for lawyers in large firms and corporate law departments and we had that in mind when writing the second edition. If interested in that, please inquire about bulk discounts.

    The order page is here.

    Watch for news coming soon about a second book project.

    On October 17, Allison and I will presenting a webinar called LinkedIn for Lawyers Reloaded, co-sponsored by ALI CLE and the ABA’s Law Practice Division.

    - Dennis Kennedy

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    LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (Second Edition), the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available. Our previous book, Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, is also available (iBook version here). Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

    New Article: 13 Facebook Tips for Lawyers in 2013

    Thursday, February 21st, 2013

    In perhaps the classic example of “I didn’t have enough time to write a shorter article, so I wrote a longer one,” I have a new article out in the February issue of the Law Practice Today webzine. It runs about 3,000 words and is called “Thirteen Facebook Tips for Lawyers in 2013.”

    As the article summary says:

    Still scared of Facebook? Come on, it’s 2013 already—can 1 billion users really all be wrong? Here are 13 tips to guide even the most reluctant late adopter on how to get the most of the most popular social media tool.

    The article offers some of my observations about lawyers using (and, mainly, not using) Facebook, thirteen practical tips (anybody else notice that matching the number of tips to the year has upped the degree of difficulty for these types of tips articles?), and three simple action steps to get yourself going on Facebook.

    The money quote:

    There are many reasons lawyers probably should be using Facebook, but I’m not sure that convince many reluctant lawyers with those reasons. Instead, consider my view that there may be no better resource than Facebook to help you reconnect with people who were important in your life with whom you have lost contact.

    I expect that Allison Shields and I will cover many of these tips in more detail in our upcoming presentation on LinkedIn and Facebook at ABA TECHSHOW 2013 in Chicago in April.You will also have the chance to talk about these topics with Allison and me at the Taste of TECHSHOW dinner we will be hosting on April 4.

    Hope you find the new article helpful.If you want to dive even deeper into Facebook, you might consider reading Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, which is also available in an iBook version.

    What other tips do you have for for lawyers to make better use of Facebook?

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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    Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

    The Arrival of Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers

    Monday, August 27th, 2012

    When I got home from work this evening, I found a package that had been delivered today. I opened it and found:

    A closer look:

    Yes, the new book from Allison Shields and me, Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, has arrived. For me, my books only really seem real when I get my personal copies in hand.

    This book is our “sequel” to LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, which was published earlier this year. In fact, what I mainly remember about the publication of the LinkedIn book was how fast the deadline for the first draft of the Facebook book was approaching.

    We’re quite pleased with the way Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers turned out, although we stretch the concept of “in one hour” well past the breaking point. You’ll get a lot of value in this book. I did prove that it is possible to read the main section of this book in one hour, but I’m a really fast reader.

    I believe that the book is still technically in the pre-order period and is available with a 15% discount as a pre-order. We’re excited about this book and think you will be, too. If your firm or organization might consider using the book for social media training efforts, let me know and I can put you in touch with our publishing contacts for info about volume discounts. If you might be interested in a review copy (and have an audience that will appreciate the review), let me know. And, of course, don’t forget about LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers.

    Although, frankly, I expect the only book Allison and I might consider next would be “Resting Up after Writing Two Books in Less Than a Year in One Hour for Lawyers,” I have grown fond of the “in One Hour” format and I think it has a lot of potential. I’ll be the Vice-chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s Publishing Board this year and would be happy to hear any topics for an “in One Hour” book that you know that you would definitely buy.

    Here’s a link the ordering page for Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers – I hope you enjoy the book.

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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    The book Allison Shields and I have written called “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers” is now available and also as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

    Upcoming Facebook for Lawyers Presentation and Webinar

    Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

    As the number of Facebook users approaches the one billion mark, lawyers are starting to take interest in Facebook and how they might use it.

    I’ll be co-presenting with Allison Shields at an upcoming presentation and a webinar on the “Facebook for Lawyers” topic.

    First, this Friday, May 4, if you are in the San Francisco area or are attending the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s Spring Meeting in Napa, you can see our live presentation called, simply enough, “Facebook for Lawyers.” Details here.

    Second, on May 17, Allison and I will be presenting an ALI-ABA webinar called, simply enough, “Facebook for Lawyers.” Details here.

    As the perceptive reader will guess, you can also expect to see a new book from Allison and me called Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers later this summer. Both the May 4 presentation and the May 17 webinar can be expected to give you a preview of the book.

    Hope to see you for one or both of these events.

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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    Three Articles and a Book on LinkedIn

    Sunday, April 29th, 2012

    As you might already know, Allison Shields and I have written a new book called “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers,” published by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section.

    We’re quite pleased with the initial reaction to the book (see comments here). Probably the most interesting response has been the inquiries from large law firms about bulk orders to bring their lawyers up to speed on LinkedIn. If you want more information on bulk orders, let Allison or me know and we can get you to the right person.

    We’ve also had three articles on LinkedIn published in the last month. Again, each has gotten more interest than we expected.

    1. The Chain: LinkedIn Is More than Social Media for Lawyers

    This article was my monthly legal technology column for the ABA Journal in the April 2012 issue. It is a short entry-level article about LinkedIn, with three suggestions to quickly improve your experience with LinkedIn.

    2. Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn

    In this article for the ABA’s GPSolo eReport April newsletter, we cover ten of our favorite LinkedIn tips to help you increase the benefit you get from LinkedIn.

    3. LinkedIn: How to grow, nurture your network and obtain results

    In this interview for the YourABA newsletter, Allison and I discuss several aspects about how lawyers (and others inside and outside the legal professions) use LinkedIn, how than can improve their effectiveness with LinkedIn, and our LinkedIn book. It’s a very thorough interview, with lots of great, practical information.

    If you like what you read int he articles, then, of course, I’d like to consider buying the book, either for yourself or your firm or organization. Remember that our LinkedIn book is part of the re-launch of the reasonably-priced “In One Hour” series of books from the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section.

    Also, Allison and I have started a LinkedIn Group as a companion group for the book. It’s called “Social Networking for Lawyers.” Click on the link in the previous sentence or simply search for the name fo the Group when you log into LinkedIn. We welcome you to join the Group to discuss LinkedIn, the book and other issues, as well as to get a sense of how LinkedIn Groups work and might work for you.

    Details on the book and how to purchase it may be found here.

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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    The Debut of “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers” Book

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

    As you might already know, Allison Shields and I have written a new book called “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers,” published by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section.

    For Allison and me, the target date for the “official” launch of the book has always been ABA TECHSHOW, and, more specifically, the Meet the Authors session for the book tomorrow (March 29) at 10:00 at TECHSHOW. Unfortunately, I’m not able to join Allison for that session (at least I have a medical excuse for that), but I know that she will do a great fantastic job in introducing the book and answering questions.

    The book grew out of the very successful “LinkedIn for Lawyers” webinar Allison, Michelle Golden and I presented last summer. Allison and I took on the book project and some highly-ambitious deadlines to get the book ready for publication at TECHSHOW. It was a great writing collaboration and we already have another book project in the works. Here’s a hint about the topic of that book.

    Our LinkedIn book is part of the re-launch of the reasonably-priced “In One Hour” series of books the LPM Section has done in the past. My friend and longtime collaborator Tom Mighell helped successfully re-launch this line with his highly-praised “iPad in One Hour for Lawyers” book. Tom’s excellent (I’ve already read it) new “iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers” and Ben Schorr’s Microsoft OneNote in One Hour for Lawyers” are new books in the series, with more in the pipeline.

    Allison and I noticed that when we speak about social media and LinkedIn to lawyers, we consistently hear lawyers saying that while they’ve joined LinkedIn, they really don’t use it or even know how to use it. Interesting, many of them also say that one of their clients invited them to join LinkedIn and connect. That’s an interesting disconnect, when you think about it.

    Our book tries to show lawyers how to get started with LinkedIn (the social media platform most commonly used by lawyers and certainly the social media platform lawyers find most comfortable), how to use it better, and, most important, how to integrate LinkedIn with your real world networking efforts in effective ways. The focus is on the practical, with lots of color screen shots, step-by-step instructions and our best practical tips on using LinkedIn.

    The book is 128 pages long, divided into two main sections. The core of the book (which you should be able to read in about an hour) is a series of ten “Lessons” designed to walk you through opening an account, putting together an effective profile, adding connections, participating in LinkedIn and monitoring what’s happening in your network. We pack a lot of information into the lessons and have been told that even long-time LinkedIn users have learned some new things to implement right away. You can also think of the Lessons section as something to have at your side while you use LinkedIn. The second section is a group of essays on “Advanced Topics” – ethics, apps, advanced search, 60 tips, resources and more.

    The early reaction to the book has been great, as you will see from the comments on the order page. My daughter, Grace, who helped with proofreading and editing, also thought the book would be very valuable to people who aren’t lawyers.

    We’d be happy if you would take a look at the book and consider buying a copy. There are some discounts available for the book at TECHSHOW. If you are attending TECHSHOW, please stop by Allison’s Meet the Author session.

    I know that there will also be an iBook version, but I don’t have the details on its availability at the moment.

    If you haven’t started using LinkedIn or feel that you are using LinkedIn only to a fraction of its potential, this book might be just what you need.

    Allison and I have started a LinkedIn Group as a companion group for the book. It’s called “Social Networking for Lawyers.” Simply search for the name fo the Group when you log into LinkedIn. We welcome you to join the Group to discuss LinkedIn, the book and other issues, as well as to get a sense of how LinkedIn Groups work and might work for you.

    Details on the book and how to purchase it may be found here.

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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    LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers

    Thursday, March 15th, 2012

    The UPS man brought me a package yesterday that contained the book in the photo below.

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    LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers

    So, I thought now would be a good time to pre-announce the impending release of the new book Allison Shields and I have written called “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers,” which is now available for pre-order.

    It’s part of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s reasonably-priced “In One Hour” series of books on legal technology topics. While the title is self-explanatory, the goal of the book is to provide a quick and easy, but reasonably thorough, introduction and guide to LinkedIn, the premier social networking platform and the social networking tool most commonly used by lawyers.

    Many, many lawyers have joined LinkedIn, but it’s rare for me to find a lawyer who tells me that he or she is using more than a tiny fraction of the potential of LinkedIn. This book is meant to help remedy that.

    Allison, Michelle Golden and I presented a very popular webinar last year that led to the idea for this book. I’ve long been a fan of Allison’s writing – we have a similar style and a similar lawyer-focused approach. The writing collaboration was great, and we’re very pleased with the final product.

    The book itself is short and to the point. It has lots of color screenshots and a simple, step by step approach to the essential components of LinkedIn – Profiles, Connections and Participation.

    The main portion of the book consists of ten “lessons” that will get you up and running on LinkedIn. We finish the lessons section with three action steps anyone can take to improve their LinkedIn effectiveness.

    We also have a set of advanced materials, covering topics like ethics, apps, advanced features, and more, plus a list of 60 of our best LinkedIn tips.

    Our idea was to provide not just the basics, but point readers to more advanced uses, and share some of our ideas about how LinkedIn fits into the context of your real-world networking contexts.

    I really like the way the book turned out and want to thank everyone involved in the project (including my daughter, Grace, who provided proofreading and editorial help).

    I also wanted to share comments we received from two people I admire greatly, Bruce Marcus and Patrick McKenna.

    “One of the byproducts of the new world of social media is the burst of new how-to books. Naturally, some are far better than others, and so we are blessed when a pair of superior and experienced practitioners like Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields share their experience in using LinkedIn® in One Hour for Lawyers. Yes,after an hour with this clear and succinct book,you will indeed become highly proficient in the art of using LinkedIn® proficiently and profitably.”–Bruce W. Marcus, editor of “The Marcus Letter on Professional Services Marketing” and author of Professional Services Marketing 3.0.

    “If you are interested in promoting your practice, finding clients, discussing important issues with like-minded colleagues, or getting answers to your important burning issues, than you definitely need to explore the social networking power of LinkedIn®. And it would be hard to imagine two better people than Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields to make it unbelievably easy for even the most reluctant lawyer to get up-and-running as quickly as possible. What a great way to spend an hour–teach yourself how to ramp-up your networking activities with this highly practical guidebook. Even an old dog like me, who has had an active presence on LinkedIn® for more than a few years, has to admit that I learned a number of new things (advanced search techniques and company buzz) from reading this book.”–Patrick J. McKenna, bestselling author, law firm management consultant and host of “Law Firm Leaders,” the only LinkedIn® group exclusively for large law firm managing partners.

    The book is currently available for pre-order, with a 15% discount available.

    As an aside, as the title indicates, the focus is on use of LinkedIn for lawyers and other legal professionals, but I don’t think you need to be a lawyer to get some benefits from this book.

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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    Using LinkedIn App to Increase Your LinkedIn Account’s Value

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    I’ve become a big fan of the (free) LinkedIn iPhone app.

    So much so that I’ve co-written with Allison Shields an article about how using the LinkedIn app can enhance the value of the value of your LinkedIn account. The article is called, not surprisingly, “Using the Free LinkedIn App to Increase the Value of Your LinkedIn Account” and can be found in the recent issue of the ABA’s LawPractice.News.

    In the article, we give you a quick tour of the features and benefits of the LinkedIn mobile app (available for iPhones and the other major smartphones).

    The money quote:

    We’ve found that once you start using the app, your visits to the LinkedIn Website will decrease, but your use of the LinkedIn platform and the value of news and information you gain from LinkedIn will increase dramatically.

    That quote sums it up. The app has made a dramatic change in the way I use LinkedIn on a daily basis – a very positive change.

    As some of you might have heard, Allison and I have written a book called “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers” that is scheduled to appear at ABA TECHSHOW at the end of March. We cover the LinkedIn app and much more in the book. However, there’s no need to wait for the book’s release to download and install the LinkedIn app.

    Highly recommended.

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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    Upcoming Collaboration Tools for Lawyers Webinar

    Thursday, January 27th, 2011

    If you don’t already own a copy of the collaboration tools book Tom Mighell and I wrote, here’s a great opportunity to attend a webinar on February 9 where the “handout” is a copy of our book.

    Here are the details and registration info:

    You have a choice of a live telephone seminar or a live webinar. There will be some slides, so the live webinar might be a slightly better choice. On the live webinar, you’ll also be able to submit questions during the presentation rather than waiting until the end.

    As I mentioned, attendees get a copy of our book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together.

    You’ll get the chance to:

    • Learn about collaboration technologies that you can use to work with others in your practice
    • Get practical tips for using collaboration tools in common legal practice settings
    • Develop a strategy for selecting the right collaboration tools in your law practice
    • Hear future trends and developments in collaboration tools for lawyers

    The seminar is a joint production of ALI-ABA and the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section.

    Depending our your state’s rules, you might be eligible for 1.2 hours of MCLE credit. Cost is $225.

    I hope you can attend. Registration info here.

    Please help get the word out. Collaboration tools are more important now than ever before. I’ll also note that I’ll be speaking about collaboration tools for transactional lawyers at the upcoming ABA TECHSHOW.

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    A Look Back at My 2010 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

    I thought I’d write a summary post from my 2010 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge. I really liked the way my blogger pal Jack Vinson summarized his efforts.

    In 2010, I read exactly 52 books.

    A few observations about that.

    Things got kind of busy for me at the end of the year, so once I had the 52 in hand, I slacked off a bit. I also hit a string of books toward the end of the year, that I didn’t finish. One of the biggest changes I’ve made in my reading habits over the past few years is walking away from books I don’t enjoy. I used to just plow through them no matter what.

    My public library closed for renovations and moved to a temporary location. I haven’t been there yet, which resulted in a limited opportunity to grab new books that appealed to me from the library. I’m also starting read more frequently on my Kindle. Also, I read a good number of summaries of business books from my GetAbstract subscription. I don’t count those on this list, but they take away time I might have spent reading books.

    The great result of doing this 52 books in 52 weeks list on my blog for several years is that publishers occasionally email me to see if I’d like review copies of books. Would I ever! I’m always happy to get those requests.

    They did a good job of targeting me this year because some of my favorite books were review copies. I don’t always write reviews of the books, but I try to mention the ones I like on my blog, Twitter or elsewhere. Examples of those include: Michelle Golden’s excellent Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms, Clifford Nass’s thought-provoking The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, Marc Lauritsen’s ground-breaking Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter, and a special thrill for a fan of spy thrillers like me, Eric Van Lustbader’s Last Snow.

    My favorite book of the year: Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which, coincidentally or not, was a National Book Award winner.

    My favorite reader experience was reading William Gibson’s Zero History, attending his St. Louis reading with my daughter, chatting with him briefly and getting my copies of Zero History and Neuromancer autographed.

    I’d like to mention more – it was a good reading year.

    Here’s the full list. I’ll be posting about my 2011 list soon. I encourage you to take on the 52 book challenge.

    December

    52. Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms, Michelle Golden
    51. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
    50. Million Dollar Speaking, Alan Weiss
    49. Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows

    November

    48. Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
    47. The 39 Steps, John Buchan
    46. Seven Days in May, Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey

    October

    45. Beyond Code, Rajesh Setty
    44. The Pale Criminal, Philip Kerr

    September

    43. March Violets, Philip Kerr
    42. Zero History,William Gibson
    41. The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, Clifford Nass
    40. The Shape of Things to Come, Greil Marcus

    August

    39. The Good Son, Michael Gruber
    38. The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, Barbara Strauch
    37. Priceless, WIlliam Poundstone
    36. Intelligence, Susan Hasler

    July

    35. The Nearest Exit, Olen Steinhauer
    34. The Rembrandt Affair, Daniel Silva
    33. The Bourne Objective, Eric Van Lustbader
    32. The Cabal, David Hagberg
    31. Doors Open, Ian Rankin
    30. Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, Terry Brighton
    29. A Quiet Flame, Philip Kerr

    June
    28. The One from the Other. Philip Kerr
    27. The Tears of Autumn, Charles McCarry
    26. The War That Killed Achilles, Caroline Alexander
    25. Mariposa, Greg Bear
    24. The Bell Ringers, Henry Porter
    23. Point Omega, Don DeLillo

    May
    22. Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend, Bill Russell and Alan Steinberg
    21. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer
    20. Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Henry Adams
    19. Talking about Detective Fiction, P.D. James
    18. The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons

    April
    17. WordPress for Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson
    16. The Wayfinders, Wade Davis
    15. The Midnight House, Alex Berenson

    March
    14. Light at the Edge of the Word, Wade Davis
    13. The Department of Mad Scientists, Michael Belfiore
    12. The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

    February
    11. Burned, David Hagberg
    10. Last Snow, Eric Van Lustbader
    9. Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter, Marc Lauritsen

    January
    8. Unclutter Your Life in One Week, Erin Doland
    7. The Guide for Inclusive Leaders, Joerg Schmitz and Nancy Curl
    6.Can You Hear Me Now?, Kate Peters
    5. Just Kids, Patti Smith
    4. Freedom, Daniel Suarez
    3. Trust Agents, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
    2. Vicious Circles, Otto Penzler
    1. Whole Earth Discipline, Stewart Brand

    [Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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