A couple I’ve enjoyed lately:
Sonic Boom, by Peter Ames Carlin
The story of Warner Brothers Music, and how to build a business with a durable competitive advantage. There are two to treat customers and business partners: As opportunities to exploit, in which case they’ll eventually leave, or with transparency and fairness, in which case they’ll stick with you for decades.
Mindwise, by Nicholas Epley
We aren’t good at knowing what other people are thinking, even those we’re closest with (spouses, parents, children). Worse, we’re not aware of how bad we are, massively underestimating our ability to understand other people.
Scoundrel, by Sarah Weinman
The true story of a man who committed a heinous murder, was sentenced to death, used his media connections to sweet talk his way to parole, then after being released immediately committed another violent crime.
The Long Gray Line, by Rick Atkinson
The story of the West Point class of 1966, who began their military journey with confidence and bravado, were thrust into the Vietnam War, then struggled in its aftermath to make sense of their place in the world and find a new path forward.
Trillion Dollar Triage, by Nick Timiraos
An incredible read on how close the financial system was to collapse in March, 2020, during Covid’s initial panic and economic lockdown.
Where The Buck Stops, by Harry Truman
After he left the White House Harry Truman wrote and dictated his unfiltered thoughts on America, former presidents, and (Read more…)