[January 21, 2016] My wife tells me that I’m a bit nutty because I read multiple books at a time. Well, maybe I’m guilty as charged but there are a number of books that peak my interest and, as they say, life is short. Winter is bearing down on me here in New York City and this weekend we’ll see our first snow storm of the season (they say it’s going to be a “whopper’). Ah … more time to read after I shovel the snow.
Here are the books I’m currently reading:
- A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service, Robert M. Gates, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2016 (new).
- The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, Eugene Rogan, Basic Books, 2015.
- The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
- The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, Steven F. Hayward, Crown Publishing Group, 2009.
In my opinion, it’s important to be a good citizen and to be a good leader. Among personal traits that make us better are understanding relevant history and understanding complex situations. It also means encouraging others to read. Reading helps us mentally develop to do just that. Enjoy!
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