Ball Four - about the behind the scenes workings of Baseball - 1969 season with a former Yankee star playing for an expansion team
A season on the Brink - Behind the scenes look at a season at Indiana with Bobby Knight at the helm
Edit: apparently, I am unable to spell the plural of "Scene" correctly.
Ok, you might be interested in "inside the Magic Kingdom" - guess what - it's about Disney, but the corporate side
The Nordstrom Way - inside that company
Nuts! (it's about Southwest airlines)
The Wal-Mart way
Jack and Winning - both by Jack Welch and both (mostly) abuout GE.
And I would suggest "Freakonomics" just for it's crazy social stuff. You may recall that Bill Bennett, Education Secretary under Reagan was recently widely quoted saying something to the effect of if all black babies were aborted there would be a drop in the crime rate. The discussion that was lifted from concerned this book - basically an insider's guide to economics. It's on my list but I haven't gotten to it yet.
I have read all the others except the Nordstrom book. (My boss suggested that one)
(edited by AWArulz on 17.11.05 1534) We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
I'd second the recommendation for Ball Four without any reservations. Jim Bouton tells a really good story that actually leaves you wanting more. I'd also recommend Ron Luciano's The Umpire Strikes Back for those who like slightly more comedic books.
In a different genre, I can't recommend Jerome Agel's The Making of Kubrick's 2001 highly enough. It is sometimes hard to find but it is probably the single best resource I had when I was working on my MA and trying to write extensively about the adaptive process as it relates to science fiction adaptations.
Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. -- Erasmus
Jauss was everywhere on the Chicago sports beat, but I'm not sure he was ever the feature columnist at any of his stops. Almost always the optimist, as I remember he was the second best sidekick for a Gleason, ever.