Meltdown by Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik (2018)

B620BBE8-3478-48A9-A911-B606C2708DD8A truly fascinating book only comes along once in a while. I liked this book very much because it explains that it is not just businesses that are vulnerable to a system meltdown, but our personal lives as well. This book assists the reader in making better decisions that can help reduce the chances of failure and tragedy, both at work and at home. 

This interesting book is divided into two sections, as noted in its subtitle, “Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It”. Part One is gripping, a real page-turner that is about one-third of the book. This section assists the reader in understanding our current systems, both in the workplace as well as in our private lives. Part Two, which is equally engrossing, offers easy and insightful solutions that can be used by individuals and businesses. Real-life examples ranging from cooking a holiday dinner to a catastrophic oil spill are used to illustrate both the problems in our current systems and their solutions.

This book was an extremely interesting read and difficult to put down. The writing style is simple to follow and the content is intriguing. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a thought-provoking book that does not read like a textbook. It’s not too often that I find a very good book, but this one is at the top of my list.

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