SBJ/20080714/Summer Reading

Catching up with game changers, last lectures and ‘The Prince’

“What books are you taking with you (to the beach or on vacation) this summer, and why are you looking forward to reading them?”

Kevin Plank
Chairman, President, CEO
Under Armour

Pour Your Heart Into It, by Howard Schultz

The Essays of Warren Buffet: Letters for Corporate America, by Warren E. Buffet and Lawrence A. Cunningham

Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose

Steve Herbst
Executive Vice President and General Manager
CBS College Sports Network

Always by My Side, by Jim Nantz

Fathers & Sons & Sports, by Mike Lupica

Everything They Had: Sports Writing From David Halberstam

Charlie Zink
PGA Tour

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle

The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned From the Market’s Perfect Storm, by Robert
F. Bruner and Sean D. Carr

The Appeal, by John Grisham

Jamey Rootes
Houston Texans

The Game Changer, by A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss … “and a whole bunch of other kids books. Reading to our kids is one of our everyday traditions that we do even more extensively on vacation.”

Rick Wolff
Center for Sports Parenting

The Monster of Florence, by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi. “A true story of the search for one of Italy’s most notorious serial killers. I’m a big fan of Doug Preston’s work — he’s a great storyteller.”

Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith. “A dark thriller about life in Stalinist Russia. I’ve rarely seen a debut novel receive so much advance attention from the publishing media.”

Ian O’Connor
Author of “Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf’s Greatest Rivalry”

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, by Scott McClellan. “We need to know more on the hows and whys of engaging in a war that increasingly appears to be one we never should’ve started.”

The Downhill Lie, by Carl Hiaasen. “I can sure relate to a man inflicting so much punishment and pain on himself from tee to green.”

Always By My Side, by Jim Nantz. “I’m a sucker for father/son books, especially those illustrating how sports brings them together, and the leading sportscaster of his time promises a moving tale here.”

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. “Every now and then, we all need a reminder of how to live life to the fullest. Pending death probably teaches us more about life than anything else.”

Living on the Black, by John Feinstein

1941: The Greatest Year in Sports, by Mike Vaccaro

Mike Slive
Southeastern Conference

The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II, by Jeff Shaara

Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South, by Roy Blount Jr.

Always By My Side, by Jim Nantz

The Age of Turbulence, by Alan Greenspan

World Without End, by Ken Follett

Craig Leipold
Minnesota Wild

Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson

Rick Alessandri
Managing Director
X Games

“Here’s my list (all of which will be read on my Amazon Kindle, an amazing device)”:

John Adams, by David McCullough

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli. “I read it every couple of years.”

Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin

The Downhill Lie, by Carl Hiaasen

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

Fathers & Sons & Sports, by Mike Lupica

Robert Sarver
Managing Partner
Phoenix Suns

Mormon Scientist, by Henry J. Eyring. “It is about the grandfather of a business associate of mine, Henry Eyring.”

There When He Needs You, by Neil Bernstein. “It is about how to be a good father to your son.”

Phil Simms
Lead Analyst

Hold Tight, by Harlan Coben. “Awesome. His books are always full of surprises and great endings.”

Playing for Pizza, by John Grisham. “It is about an ex-NFL player in Italy. I am a former NFL quarterback, and I love to eat, so it is a great combination. A lot of fun.”

Jim Steeg
Executive Vice President and COO
San Diego Chargers

Always by My Side, by Jim Nantz. “Everything I have heard is that this is a great father/son story which many of us who have had issues with parents with Alzheimer’s can relate to.”

The Best Game Ever, by Mark Bowden. “As someone who has spent his career in the NFL, reading about the game that made the NFL start down its road to the present will be a great perspective to relate to the present.”

Devil May Care, by Sebastian Faulks. “Got to have some fun reading the latest in the James Bond series and the transition from the Ian Fleming legacy.”

Going Long, by Jeff Miller. “Next year will be the AFL’s 50th anniversary, and I want to go back and remember, so that we can celebrate in the correct manner.”

Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf’s Greatest Rivalry, by Ian O’Connor. “Since one reason I went to Wake Forest was Arnie, this is a must-read for me.”

Ron Rogowski
Director of Sponsorships

Ike: An American Hero, by Michael Korda. “Eisenhower faced tremendous challenges and responsibilities leading the allies to victory in WW II. He needed to be a global leader managing many political interests as well as the personalities of generals leading their own respective armies. He pulled it all together to win the war and, ultimately, the presidency.”

Operation Yao Ming, by Brook Larmer. “With our sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics, it’s intriguing to read about the development and success of one of China’s great athletes.”

Gillian Zucker
Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway)

The Twilight Saga, by Stephenie Meyer. “Now that Harry Potter is last year’s news.”

The Twentieth Wife: A Novel, by Indu Sundaresan. “In preparation for a fall trip to India and Thailand.”

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. “A gift from a friend who says this book, which is about racing and is told by a dog, was written with me in mind.”

John Swofford
Atlantic Coast Conference

Always by My Side, by Jim Nantz

Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

David Gross
Major League Lacrosse

The Lion’s Game, by Nelson DeMille. “This is the fifth book of his that I’ve read. I spend plenty of time in airports and on planes over the summer, and this genre makes for a great way to pass the time and forget about work for a few hours.”

The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria. “I’ve always enjoyed reading Zakaria’s column in Newsweek. I find him to be quite insightful.”

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, by Scott McClellan. “I did not get this for Father’s Day, so I’ll pick it up during my travels.”

Mike Aresco
Executive Vice President, Programming
CBS Sports

Vienna 1814, by David King. “I’m a European and Napoleonic history buff, and this book promises to be a detailed and fascinating account of perhaps Europe’s most important assemblage ever.”

It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium, by John Ed Bradley. “I love college football, and especially SEC football, which we televise, and am looking forward to this highly praised memoir by a former LSU player who became a novelist and a Washington Post staff writer.”

This is the second installment in a series on what top sports executives are reading this summer. The responses were compiled by New York bureau chief Jerry Kavanagh.
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