Here are some favorite books of mine. Some are business books and some are just for fun.
Let me know what you think and what you're reading.
Lost City of the Monkey God
Douglas Preston, one of my favorite non-fiction authors, brings to life the reality of archeological expeditions using LIDAR technology while brilliantly exposing the dangers of the governments and criminals as well as the scary parts of dense jungles with insects, diseases.
Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America
“Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America” is Weijian Shan’s deeply affecting memoir. It is also a story that mirrors China’s dizzying recent history: the Cultural Revolution, with all its madness; the opening to the United States, with all the promise it held; and Deng Xiaoping’s decision to unleash a market-based system, with all the changes it wrought. Mr. Shan has lived this history, suffered from its excesses and thrived thanks to the opening. Today he is one of the more respected and successful financiers in the “new China.”
Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination
Brian Jay Jones
While it is a standard biography in general terms, Jones goes above and beyond to contextualize Geisel in the larger picture at every moment of his life. This makes Becoming Dr. Seuss a fascinating read that discusses the origin of the humorous, simple rhymes, bizarre creatures, and magic that characterized Geisel's books while also showing the author's more radical side as an unemployed wanderer who abandoned his doctoral studies, a successful advertising man, and a political cartoonist.
The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, the financial genius behind a century of Wall Street Scandals
Genius in the title is the wrong word. Slimy thief is a more apt description. I read about these financial bad boys to continually remind myself of why the perception of the financial world is what it is.