SBJ/20090727/Summer Reading

Last call for beach books: Coffee, Clapton and beer in hell

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

Cal Ripken Jr.
President and CEO
Ripken Baseball Inc.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. “History about how our country was formed has always been of interest to me. Books such as this one and others about our founding fathers are ones that I tend to seek out.”

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder. “I have been lucky enough to get to know Warren Buffett a little bit, and anyone that successful is worth reading about.”

It’s Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks, by Howard Behar. “During my last book tour in 2007 I did an event at Starbucks’ headquarters in Seattle and spent some time with Howard Schultz. They are an amazing brand.”

And currently re-reading Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. “I read it a few years back and loved it. Ayn Rand’s writing is amazing, and I enjoyed ‘The Fountainhead’ as well.”

John Church
Executive Vice President, Partnership Development
Just Marketing International

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, by Tucker Max. “Why? I’m 41, married 14 years, have three daughters and live in Indiana. Living vicariously is a must.”

Handicapping 101: A Horse Racing Primer, by Brad Free. “I go to Opening Day at Del Mar every summer and plan to visit Saratoga for the first time in August.”

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life, by Steve Martin. “Steve Martin is a great comedian, an accomplished writer and an inspiration.”

Shawn Hunter
President and CEO
Chivas USA Enterprises

The One Minute Entrepreneur, by Ethan Willis

The Associate, by John Grisham

Greg Luckman
GroupM ESP

Breaking the Slump: How Great Players Survived Their Darkest Moments in Golf — and What You Can Learn from Them, by Jimmy Roberts. “I have always been intrigued by the unparalleled fragility associated with the game of golf. Also, I am always entertained by Jimmy’s on-air storytelling ability, so I am looking forward to reading the translation of that skill in print.”

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. “I have been meaning to read this Pulitzer Prize winner, but I have been waiting to find the right time considering the intense nature of the plot. I definitely want to read it before the movie comes out, though.”

Billie Jean King
World TeamTennis

The Scarecrow, by Michael Connelly

The 8th Confession, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

First Family, by David Baldacci

Lon Babby
Williams & Connolly LLP

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. “This novel is set in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities. It is a story of mystery, danger and passion. My wife couldn’t put it down.”

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham. “I have read a great deal of American history, but little about Andrew Jackson. I look forward to filling in the gap.”

Pull Up A Chair: The Vin Scully Story, by Curt Smith. “My first games were at Ebbets Field with my dad, a fanatical Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Now I take advantage of listening to Vin Scully whenever I can. He is the very best.”

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. “I am always searching for the secret patterns of success.”

Eclipse, by Richard North Patterson. “Patterson is one of my favorite writers. His novels combine a riveting story with social and political commentary. And, the hero is a lawyer!”

Malcolm Turner
Senior Vice President
Wasserman Media Group

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss. “I now have a niece and nephew, and there is nothing better than spending time encouraging them to read.”

The Man Who Ate Everything, by Jeffrey Steingarten. “A man after my own heart and one of the culinary world’s sharpest minds and chief ‘Iron Chef’ arbiter.”

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli. “A business and strategy primer for the ages.”

Quiet Strength, by Tony Dungy. “By one of the classiest members of the sports industry who sets a standard of excellence that extends well beyond football and the sports industry overall.”

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. “The virtue of ‘carpe diem’ always bears repeating and this read is clearly one of its more recent and compelling reminders.”

Cesar’s Way, by Cesar Millan. “Well, it’s time … puppy time. And I need to be sure I get off to the early upper hand.”

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway. “It is always a good time to rediscover a timeless classic of courage in the face of defeat.”

Chris Zimmerman
President and CEO
Vancouver Canucks

Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman. “I love all of Friedman’s commentary on key social and global issues. In this book he sets forth the need for the U.S. to actively attack the need for innovative solutions to global warming.”

Grown Up Digital, by Don Tapscott. “Continued opportunity for growth in sport business lies in tapping into the digital lifestyle.Tapscott’s book is a study of the younger digital generation and how they consume differently than their analog parents.”

One Day at Fenway, by Steve Kettmann. “An inside look at a day at Fenway from the view of everyone involved. It will be great to dive deep into the emotions and personalities at one of the game’s most storied parks.”

Let My People Go Surfing, by YvonChouinard (founder and owner of Patagonia). “Chouinard is renowned for creating a company that has been a leader in the world of values-led business. I’m looking forward to understand more about how Chouinard puts into practice the principles of a values-led company.”

John Tatum
Genesco Sports Enterprises

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefevre. “Recommended to me by the smartest hedge fund manager in the country today and very timely considering the current economic crisis and stock market collapse.”

King of the Club, by Charles Gasparino. “Great story about Richard Grasso, Eliot Spitzer and the New York Stock Exchange. Charlie is a friend of mine and a great guy.”

The Power of Who, by Bob Beaudine. “Bob is a friend of mine and a great guy who has built a tremendous business on the most important ingredient — relationships.”

Why Courage Matters, by John McCain and Marshall Salter. “Senator McCain is a living American hero and a great man.”

Rob Tilliss
CEO and Managing Partner
Inner Circle Sports

Fool’s Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe, by Gillian Tett. “As a J.P. Morgan alum, it will be interesting to read about some of my former colleagues and their role in the build-up of the credit derivatives market.”

Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, by Larry Tye. “Always interested in reading baseball books, and Satchel Paige has a very interesting story.”

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. “Understanding that unexpected and rare events or novel ideas or technologies can have a huge impact on the world.”

The Secret Speech, by Tom Rob Smith. “Intriguing book about post-Stalin Soviet Union where the police are the criminals. A historical thriller.”

Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, by Michael Lewis. “I enjoyed ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Liars Poker’ and his other books. I also like reading books on fatherhood.”

John Walker
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Phoenix Suns

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family, by Patrick Lencioni. “I’ve really enjoyed Lencioni’s other books about leadership and organizational development. I’m interested to see how he applies business principles to managing a family.”

Clapton: The Autobiography, by Eric Clapton. “Big fan, and the guy has had some amazing life experiences (good and bad).”

Emotionomics: Leveraging Emotions For Business Success, by Dan Hill. “More than ever, we have to be able to draw on our fan’s emotional attachment to the Suns … or create one.”

Ewa Mataya Laurance
Hall of fame pool player
ESPN analyst

My Sister’s Keeper and Handle with Care, by Jody Picoult. “Picoult always delivers strong characters and personalities, and her topics never fail to hit home, no matter what your situation.”

Golf Annika’s Way, by Annika Sorenstam. “So much to learn, so little time.”

Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout. “Because I love reading anything by someone who has such a way with words.”

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. “This seems to be such an issue everywhere lately, and I am getting more and more aware of what I want to fuel my body with. Pollan’s way of writing also makes for a fun read.”

This is the final installment in a series on what top sports executives and personalities are reading this summer. The responses were compiled by Assistant Managing Editor Tom Stinson.
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