I have a lot of books. I grew up in a family that encouraged book reading over television and I’ve adopted that philosophy all of my adult life. I typically have four books going at the same time. I mainly read historical books and biographies (of people and places) and the occasional piece of fiction. Here are some favorites I’ve read over the spring that I wanted to share in case you need to pick up a few books for your summer vacation.
Titan by Ron Chernow
John D. Rockefeller has been referred to as “the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism.” He was a ruthless business magnate while also being a major philanthropist. This one is a business staple and historical document about the founding of our oil and gas industrial complex. Ron Chernow is a great writer and he captures both sides of Rockefeller’s persona – the driven business visionary and the family man/philanthropist.
Den of Thieves by James Stewart
This is a classic. It details the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history. The book profiles all of the main players who almost walked away with billions of dollars. A page turner, Den of Thieves exposes the dark side of human nature, combining crime and business – who could ask for anything more?
America’s War for the Greater Middle East by Andrew Bacevich
Andrew Bacevich brings a unique clarity of expression and directness when laying out this historical, essential take on America’s engagement in the world’s most volatile region.
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie returns to fiction and no one comes out unscathed. If you’re a fan of The Moor’s Last Sigh and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, you will enjoy this modern day Great Gatsby.
The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
One of the best reads of the past year. Dynamic and full bodied biography of the most successful dynasty in modern history. Mr. Montefiore’s previous book, Jerusalem, was equally captivating.
The Glass Palace by Amitov Gosh
Our story opens in 1885 in Mandalay, Burma. From the historical British conquering of Burma and the teak trade, to love and the inevitable triumph of the human spirit, this is a brisk, fun summer read.