Sunshine Knowledge Note
Kang Jun-man; Person and Idea; 404pp., 14,500 won.
Many would be familiar with the frustration one feels when someone asks you the definition of a word, concept or idea, and you cannot describe it in your own words. That's when you need more than just a dictionary. Kang Jun-man, an avid fan of dictionaries and a journalism professor at Chonbuk University, offers ``Sunshine Knowledge Note,'' which lists detailed information on various words and concepts that will help you explain things articulately.
There is no need to memorize the definitions or even underline important concepts. ``Sunshine'' is like Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, in pages: interesting, organized and easy.
The definition of concepts and words are explained through incidents. For example, in the section ``Curiosity'' Kang gives a historical example, such as the American missionary G.W. Gilmore who came to Korea in 1892. According to Gilmore, one of the most fascinating characteristics about Koreans at that time was that they were curious about everything.
Have fun with ``Sunshine,'' and maybe you will find yourself with the perfect answer next time some one asks for a definition.
A History of Sin
John Portmann; Translated by Seo Sun-seung from English to Korean; Leader's Book: 376pp., 16,000 won
Nowadays more people are becoming victims of relentless crimes and unexpected terrors that are all around us, threatening our lives. Such crimes are getting more diverse and heinous than ever.
This book shows how crime has changed over time. The terror and trauma of the 9.11 terrorist attacks to the United States brought the issues about the origin and concept of sin in the 21st century to light.
It contains an informative and readable survey, and traces the evolution of sin from the present to the past.
The author also argues that especially since the 9.11 terrorist attacks, the reality of sin has returned to the 21st century. He adds that today's sin is too easily and naturally accepted to our daily lives, blurring the morality and the boundary of sin, which the author calls ``the evolution of sin.''
The book insists that only the patterns of sin have changed but the originality of sin is repeated from the past to the present.
New Girl On the Job
Hannah Seligson; Translated by Kim Jung-eun from English to Korean; MBC Production; 264pp., 9,800 won
If you are in your 20s-30s, a woman and a newbie in your workplace, this book will help you with the basics of achieving your career goals.
The author, who was fired from her first job, tells of the basic etiquette and behavior one needs to know ― based on her own experiences.
The book explains ways to cope with mistakes that rookies frequently make, such as how to behave rationally rather than emotionally, how to make a good impression on your boss and how to display your ability if you think you are being undervalued by others.
The book was written from a compilation of interviews with successful businesswomen, surveys and conversations with 100 new working women at the companies.
This book is also a good survival guide for both rookies and experience workers who plan on changing jobs.
Three Oscars for the Chief: A Script for Successful Managers (Drei Oscars fur den Chef)
Stefan Fouri; Translated from German to Korean by Lee Min-soo. Smart Business: 296 pp., 13,000 won
Juhn Jae-hong, an up and coming movie director who studied business, said in a previous Korea Times interview that directing a movie was similar to running an enterprise.
Of the millions of how-to books on business management, ``Three Oscars for the Chief'' stands out. The author comes from a family of businessmen and has over 20 years of experience in the management world. His consulting firm works for international corporations such as Continental and Volkswagen.
He advises you on becoming an Oscar-winning director (CEO) that can produce star actors (staff), and takes you through a filmmaking (business management) process step by step, or scene to scene.
First directors need a strong ``story'' to inspire workers and execute it through a well-organized ``scenario.'' Then, one must persuade the ``producer'' or investors and gather a ``crew'' of top talent.
Then you must ``cast'' the stars. Sometimes you must give ``actors'' space so they can interpret their own work. Then you must go into production and direct ― and trust your team.