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Strengths Based Leadership by by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

Sep 29, 2020 12:10:33 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Furnishing Eternity by David Giffels

Aug 30, 2020 9:48:36 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor’s note: Thanks to friend, Frank Dixon, for turning me onto Giffels, a local (Akron) professor and writer. Don’t let the theme of building his own coffin (yes, that’s the story) throw you off. Rather than morbid this book is filled with wisdom, warmth and laughter. It is quite more about living than dying. Whether the cause is the author’s writing or my comprehension, the book started to really delight and engage me more after page 148, when at least a half dozen times I would stop, say “wow” and reread the paragraph or section.

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The Overstory by Richard Powers

Aug 1, 2020 12:08:31 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Business Adventures by John Brooks

Jun 30, 2020 9:36:51 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor’s note:  I’ve read ten books on business and philanthropy over the least few months.  None were worth sharing so I’ve been stuck on historical fiction but now it’s back to business.  Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s recommended it so I tried it.  It was first published in the late 1960s so it took me a while to adjust to style and numbers and policies from the mid-20th century.  Who remembers “Cornering” or the flash crash of 1962?   As I adjusted, I realized that is what must have appealed to my business heroes.  That in business, as in life, that never changes is that no matter the numbers, practices and policies, we are emotional and irrational beings.

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American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

May 31, 2020 8:21:03 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

Apr 27, 2020 3:13:18 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor’s comments: It’s no secret to readers that I enjoy Erik Larson’s work. His unique blend of great research and near-fictional personalities creates a look at one year in England’s history while under siege from the German Luftwaffe.  Actual facts from 45,000 civilian deaths (5,500 children) during the blitz year are embroidered not just by Churchill’s fame but also his and his eccentric family’s peccadillos. 

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Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Mar 30, 2020 11:48:38 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor's note:  This is an airy book of fiction about a bookstore on a barge on the Seine in Paris whose owner sets sail one day after 20 years of habits borne of a lost love.  It is recreational reading to be sure with very lively, if somewhat far-fetched characters but by the end you realize it has a wonderful point to it all.  That point is expressed in the  favorite excerpt below which appears about mid-book.

Favorite Excerpt:  "Habit is a vain and treacherous goddess.  She lets nothing disrupt her rule.  She smothers one desire after another; the desire to travel, the desire for a better job or a new love.  She stops us from loving as we would like, because habit prevents us from asking ourselves whether we continue to enjoy doing what we do".

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Amor Towles

Feb 27, 2020 3:03:48 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Book of the Month: “A Gentleman in Moscow”, by Amor Towles

Editor’s note:  This historic fiction is beautifully written.  Towles adds well-researched context along with poignant social commentary to make it the best book I’ve read in many years.  I’m planning to re-read it so that I might pick up more of the type of excerpts you will see below.  I noted at least a half dozen worth remembering on my first read.

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The First Conspiracy, by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch

Jan 29, 2020 4:47:02 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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The Billion Dollar Whale, by Bradley Hope and Tom Wright

Dec 30, 2019 5:53:23 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor’s comment:  Another “non-fiction that reads more like fiction”.  Jho Low, between graduating from Wharton in 2005 and exposes that began in 2015 appears to have pulled off Madoff-style fraud.  The difference?  It was primarily perpetrated on his home country (Malaysia) and allegedly with the aid of their former Prime Minister, Razak Najib.  Perhaps as much as $5 billion was looted from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund (1MDB) over a six year period, much of which was used for Gatsby-like lifestyle which included many names you know such as DeNiro, DiCaprio, Hilton and more.  I felt a little seedy reading it but my goodness, what a story!  With many charges still pending against both Low and the former Prime Minister, we are likely to be reading more about this story in the future (if they can find Jho Low who is in hiding).      

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