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It may be vacation, but business books come along for the ride
Published July 26, 2010
“What books are you taking with you (to the beach or on vacation) this summer, and why are you looking forward to reading them?”
“Networking Is a Contact Sport,” by Joe Sweeney
How to get and stay connected to people. It looks like a good book to read for any organization that requires a good sales force to succeed.
“Memorial Day,” by Vince Flynn
I love anything by Flynn.
“The 9th Judgment,” by James Patterson
Chairman & CEO
“Waiting for Snow in Havana,” by Carlos Eire
“My Father’s Tears and Other Stories,” by John Updike
“Crisis Economics,” by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm
Executive Vice President and General Manager
Showtime Sports, Showtime Networks
“War,” by Sebastian Junger
15 months, the writer was embedded with a U.S. Army platoon in the Korengal Valley, the scene of the fiercest fighting in
“Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games),” by Suzanne Collins
The first two books in the series were great, one-night reads. Like eating a Twinkie: tastes great but not much substance.
President & CEO
American Hockey League
“Freakonomics,” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
My son gave me “Superfreakonomics,” which was a terrific read, so the original is a must.
“Curious George Goes Camping,” by H.A. Rey
I plan to read this to my granddaughter on demand virtually every night at our cottage. Never gets old!
“Younger Next Year,” by Chris Crowley
I will give this a second read this summer. This book motivated me to keep active and should be required reading for anyone approaching 50 (or beyond).
“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” by Stieg Larsson
Father’s Day gift will be saved for the first beach day in Nova Scotia.
Golf World & Golf Digest
“The Match,” by Mark Frost
This epic match of amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi vs. Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson played in 1956 is regarded by many as the greatest private “best ball match” ever played. Written by Frost, who wrote another favorite, “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
“The World is Flat,” by Thomas Friedman
21st century economics and foreign policy, written by one of our generation’s greatest, and Golf Digest contributor, Tom Friedman. I’m a Friedman junkie.
“The Bridge,” by David Remnick
A biography of Barack Obama before he came to office; has received great reviews.
Chairman & CEO
“The Kennedy Curse,” by Edward Klein
I love history, and the Kennedys are a truly fascinating family. Reading about the different conspiracy theories is intriguing, and I’m looking forward to learning more about one of the most famous political families in our history.
“The Lost Symbol,” by Dan Brown
Again, another author whose stories revolve around conspiracy theories and mystery. I loved “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” and just recently purchased “The Lost Symbol.” I’m holding off on reading it until my family’s vacation to Hawaii this summer.
“Innocent,” by Scott Turow
The follow-up book to “Presumed Innocent.”A great book and great author.
Anything by Harlan Coben, my favorite author who has written the Myron Bolitar mysteries.
“The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
I have it on CD, so I plan to listen to it on drives to and from the office.
President & COO
I just purchased the iPad and I’m really looking forward to spending some time getting familiar with it this summer. There are so many unique features that I’m still learning. I really enjoy reading newspapers, and with the iPad I plan on reading a bunch of my favorite papers — the Boston Globe and the L.A. Times, as well as the Philadelphia papers — when I have some down time this summer.
Chief Information Officer
“Motivate Like a CEO,” by Suzanne Bates
I’m always looking for new information on how to be a more effective motivator and communicator.
“Outsmart! How To Do What Your Competitors Can’t,” by Jim Champy
I’m a big fan of Champy’s work
“Some Assembly Required: How to Make, Grow and Keep Your Business Relationships,” by Thom Singer
Relationship management is perhaps the most critical skill required by any business executive.
“Deception Point,” by Dan Brown
Dan Brown always writes page-turners!
“Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival,” by Hank Bordowitz
I am a classic rock aficionado and play in a rock band, so I am interested in the real story of what happened with CCR and John Fogerty.
National Lacrosse League
“The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” by Michael Lewis
About those who made a fortune off the real estate collapse.
“The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn,” by Nathaniel Philbrick
“Big Hair and Plastic Grass,” by Dan Epstein
Baseball in the ’70s.
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Promotion
“Outliers,” by Malcolm Gladwell
Heard excerpts from this one. I mostly believe that his books seem intuitive, but this one gets into how exceptions to the rule get accomplished by visionaries.
“Benjamin Franklin: An American Life,” by Walter Isaacson
The story of one of the progenitors of American mass media, both in content and delivery, by the only man Steve Jobs would entrust with his life story.
“The Lost Symbol,” by Dan Brown
Need something light for vacation.
Executive Vice President, Stadium Development and Finance
New York Jets
“American Rust,” by Philipp Meyer
Staying connected to my Steeltown roots, an Amazon recommendation that is a combination John Steinbeck meets Cormac McCarthy in the rust belt of Pennsylvania.
“Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen,” by Christopher McDougall
Recommended by multiple
ultra-marathoners who believe the secret of life is running, especially for a
little-known tribe in
“BBQ 25,” by Adam Perry Lang
From my favorite barbecue joint in New York City, Daisy Mae’s, with 25 basic recipes every wanna-be backyard pitmaster should know. Unfortunately, I spend more time reading about smoked pork than cooking it.
Basketball Analyst, ESPN
Head Coach, NBA D-League Texas Legends
“The Mole People,” by Jennifer Toth
A fascinating story of people who have a society beneath the city of New York. I heard of the myth; now I know it exists.
“$1,000 Dollars and an Idea,” by Sam Wyly
A self-made billionaire tells his story of creativity, persistence, and how his personality and humor helped this amazing entrepreneur succeed. This is very inspirational and entertaining.
“The Blind Side,” by Michael Lewis
If this story doesn’t move us, we have no pulse! Sports was the platform, love made it special.
“The Tao of Warren Buffett,” by Mary Buffett and David Clark
I love short, inspirational quotes that share his wisdom.
“The Michael Jackson Tapes,” by Rabbi ShmuleyBoteach
Michael’s passing is both our loss and our gain. We learned in death of his genuine love and caring. He wanted people to be kinder, and that will never be lost on me. He is one of a kind, and his genius and love is missed.
This is the second 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.