SBJ/20080728/Summer Reading

More readers seek out ‘Greatest Game’ and ‘Rome 1960’

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

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition

Armen Keteyian
Chief Investigative Correspondent
CBS News

Counselor, by Ted Sorensen. “Ted Sorensen’s memoir as the closest adviser to J.F.K.”

Blood Money, by T. Christian Miller. “L.A. Times reporter T. Christian Miller’s investigative tour de force on the debacle that is Iraq reconstruction.”

Truman, by David McCullough. “David McCullough’s masterful biography.”

Perfectly Legal, by David Cay Johnston, and Free Lunch, by David Cay Johnston. “A devastating one-two punch on taxpayer rip-off by David Cay Johnston, one of the best business writers in the country.”

The Greatest Game, by Mark Bowden. “Mark Bowden on the famous NFL championship game.”

And “anything and everything new by the masters of mystery and suspense — Lee Child, Harlan Coben and George Pelecanos.”

Greg Bibb
Washington Mystics

Standing Tall, by C. Vivian Stringer

Blue Ocean Strategy,by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. “This book talks about moving your business into the ‘blue waters’ of uncontested market space instead of continuing to compete head-to-head with increasing competition in the ‘red waters’ of shrinking profit pools.”

The Balanced Scorecard, by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton. “This book deals with evaluating personnel to gauge current performance and target future performance. It details a management system designed to maximize the talents and abilities of a staff to achieve long-term strategic goals.”

Jim Courier
Co-Owner & Founding Partner
InsideOut Sports & Entertainment

The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria. “Tennis is a global business, so I am certainly interested in global affairs. The author makes the case that America’s time as the global superpower is waning. It is an interesting and pertinent read.”

David Schwab
Managing Director
Octagon’s First Call

The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire That Lives Within Us All, by Lyn Heward and John U. Bacon. “The story of Cirque Du Soleil.”

The Majors, by John Feinstein. “An annual summer read during the golf majors season.”

Dorothy Dowling
SVP, Marketing and Sales
Best Western International

Tourism and Hospitality Marketing: A Global Perspective, by Simon Hudson

Fan Identification and Sponsorship, by Kyaw Myo Aung and Chung-Hsiung Liao

X-cellent Guest Service: What Every Hotel Should Know About Serving Generation X, by Will Maguire

Bill Nicoll
Vice President
Salomon USA

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

Steve Hirdt
Executive Vice President
Elias Sports Bureau

Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed The World, 1940-1941, by Ian Kershaw. “I love 20th-century history.”

The Spies of Warsaw, by Alan Furst. “My annual dalliance with fiction.”

Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, by David Maraniss. “Somehow, I didn’t know about this book until I was in a bookstore today. Something by Maraniss is better than just about anything by anyone else.

“If I get those three finished, I’d like to read some contemporary history — if that’s not an oxymoron.”

Doug Quinn
Soccer United Marketing

Phantom Prey, by John Sandford. “I am a huge fan of the main character, Lucas Davenport.”

Nothing to Lose, by Lee Child. “I have read every single one of Lee Child’s books, and I’m looking forward to reading his latest.”

Matt Kaplan
Vice President
Suunto USA

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, by Jack Weatherford. “Not many people realize the large role that the Mongol empire played in influencing European politics, religion, art and music. The Mongols established paper currency, a postal service and many modern warfare tactics.”

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. “I want to make sure to always be able to look at things with a fresh set of eyes and learn from my experiences.”

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, by Thomas E. Ricks. “I am interested in the events that led up to the war in Iraq, and the subsequent events that are dictating the current situation. With this being a presidential election year, this is going to be a heated debate between the two candidates.”

Daddy Needs a Drink: An Irreverent Look at Parenting From a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids — Even When They’re Driving Him Nuts, by Robert Wilder. “My mother-in-law got me this book as a gift. It looks at the lighter side of parenting and finds the humor in everything. Something we all need to remember to do.”

Steve Hatchell
President & CEO
National Football Foundation

Twelve Mighty Orphans, by Jim Dent

Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson

Robert D. Jacobson
President & CEO
In Demand Networks

Counselor, by Ted Sorensen. “The theme of the Kennedy administration serving as an icon for hope is obviously relevant today.”

Ellington Boulevard, by Adam Langer

Lush Life, by Richard Price. “Both novels speak of an ever-changing New York City, something I witness personally each day.”

Panama Fever, by Matthew Parker. “The history of the building of the Panama Canal is a story of triumph over unbelievable tragedy that allows you to appreciate the resiliency of the human spirit.”

Ray Hopkins
YES Network

Hold Tight, by Harlan Coben. “The setting is Glen Rock, New Jersey, where I grew up.”

Yankee for Life, by Bobby Murcer. “Bobby’s approach to his cancer battle inspired us all here at YES.”

Eric Baldwin
Deutsche Bank Championship

Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. “It gives you a great reality check to what’s going on over in the Middle East and provides an overwhelming patriotic feeling for supporting our troops.”

Jon Litner
Comcast SportsNet

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, by David Halberstam

Falling Man, by Don DeLillo

American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964, by William Manchester

Richard Bourne
President & COO
Asics America

1,000 Places to See Before You Die, by Patricia Schultz

Christopher Ramsey
U.S. Water Polo

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. “Her sentences are as crisp as a Tiger Woods 5-iron.”

The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life, by Jim Tressel, Chris Fabry and John Maxwell. “Helping athletes to succeed beyond the field of play is one of our organizational goals, and this book has gotten high marks for its common sense approach for today’s athlete.”

Boomsday, by Christopher Buckley. “A light summer read, from the author of ‘Thank You for Smoking.’ It is about time someone tackled us self-important baby boomers, and Buckley wields satire like a scalpel.”

Richard Sandomir
New York Times

Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, by David Maraniss

Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, by Juan Williams

My Kind of Place, by Susan Orlean

Exit Ghost, by Philip Roth

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

Rob Matwick
Executive Vice President of Ballpark Operations
Texas Rangers

Bo’s Lasting Lessons, by Bo Schembechler and John U. Bacon

Innovate Like Edison, by Michael J. Gelb and Sarah Miller Caldicott.

The Strangest Secret, by Earl Nightingale

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Author and NBA hall of famer

The Color of Water, by James McBride

The Republic of Pirates, by Colin Woodard

Chasing the Bird, by Brian Priestley

Miracle at St. Anna, by James McBride

Compiled by New York bureau chief Jerry Kavanagh.
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