Originally Posted by Don Carlos
Also, the very notion of placing books on one's desk to "impress people" is highly affected and bourgeois. The only books I keep lying around within arm's reach of my desk are references and other works that I need to consult on a frequent basis.
I've given up trying to impress people. I go to work, give it my best, act like a gentleman (even to the @$$holes), and dress appropriately. These are your colleagues, not your peer group. If you want them to be friends, then placing a book on your desk to attract their attention sends out all the wrong signals.