It's interesting to see read the back jacket of books. They offer some insight into the circle of friends/associates that an author knows by revealing who penned recommendations.
I'm reading James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds and Dan Pink's A Whole New Mind. Both sport a hearty thumbs-up from Po Bronson, who wrote What Should I Do With My Life.
I bought Po's book over a year ago, and it's a good read. Smooth style, interesting stories of people going through transition in their lives. In the book, Po comes across as someone who can talk to anyone - and he obviously does talk to many, many people as he had to gain the trust of the 50+ people in the book.
But you can see that he gets around with his peers as well. If you start creating a web of connection, Po knows James Surowiecki and Dan Pink, and Dan Pink knows Tom Peters, who knows all sorts of cool people. And away you can run, finding good reads according to Tom Peters.
Po also has his own recommended reading list. Links to ever more people.
And if you go to Google and type in "pink surowiecki bronson," the top link is a fella who's read these same books in this year, with links to his other reads in an attempt to read 100 books in 2005. He ain't gonna make it, but it's interesting to also find others on the web with similar reading habits. All from reading a couple of book jackets and connecting some dots. Pretty cool.
ETC: I'm really diggin' Dan Pink's book. Very well-done. Good craft.