More from my bookshelf – November 2020
The list this month touches on equity, history, and lots of leadership.
Compares “caste” in India, the U.S., and Nazi Germany – noting the parallels and unpacking what it is and how it works. Caste is deeply embedded in culture, creating roles (similar to a theater cast) we all play. Artfully written with deep research and many analogies. Hard to put down and deeply troubling at the same time. Explains so much about racism in America. An excellent book.
The fourth book in Ken Follett’s series. Prequel to Pillars of the Earth. Set in the era of 1000 CE. Tells the story of how Kingsbridge came to be as fledging cities emerged from the middle ages. A good and long read. Didn’t seem quite as compelling as the other Follet books in the series, or the following:
The Saxon Tales – by Bernard Cornwell – tell the story of England’s unification just before this period of time. And the Brother Cadfael books – short mysteries by Ellis Peters – come just after this time period and set in this same part of England.
Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World (Hinges of History Book 6)
Thomas Cahill does a great job of weaving together the great sweep of history to show how events in one age opened the door to the next age. Provides entertaining background knowledge to see how historic events and personages fit together.
Based on a series of blogs. Short, hard-hitting chapters on how the world is changing around us and what that means for leadership. Informative, entertaining, and many nuggets of wisdom.
Pretty good storyteller. All about the author’s success in mergers and acquisitions and philanthropy. Long, self-congratulatory book. Enough pearls of wisdom to keep me reading to the end.
by David M. Rubenstein | Sep 1, 2020
My kind of book. A travelogue of leadership. Audio version is live interviews with the rich and famous. Author has done great prep work with short and concise intros, followed by insightful interviews. Each interview ends with a question about great leadership. I’ll re-read this one in print to capture more of the leadership lessons learned.
This is the book I reviewed in this month’s weblog. Super short and packed with good ideas for growing positive teams through culture, commitment, communication, and caring.
A perfect book for our times. All about empathy and creating trust through positive relationships. Work that requires courage (which can be learned) and vulnerability and “rumbling” in the arena.
New York Times columnist read 150 books written in the Trump era (pro and con) and then provides his analysis. Thoughtful commentary on our times and how we might better understand competing perspectives and reclaim well-reasoned arguments and agreements.