- "The Price You Pay" by Aiden Truhen. An amusing novel about a sociopath's revenge against a bunch of very bad people.
- "The Insurgents" by Fred Kaplan. How counter-insurgency theory gained respectability in the Pentagon.
- "Reveille in Washington: 1860 - 1865" by Margaret Leech. Historian David McCullough has recommended this for years. A must-read for any Civil War buff.
- "Listening to Your Life" by Frederick Buechner. I am re-reading this and will continue to do so.
- "A War Like No Other" by Victor Davis Hanson. The war between Athens and Sparta continues to have messages for today's leaders.
- "Donald J. Trump" by Conrad Black. An intriguing look at an unusual president.
- "Team of Teams" by General Stanley McChrystal. The former commander of the American forces in Iraq examines information, coordination, and control issues that can apply to any large organization.
- "Quartered Safe Out Here" by George MacDonald Fraser. A candid memoir of the British campaign against the Japanese in Burma.
- "A Meal in Winter" by Hubert Mingarelli. Some German soldiers in Poland capture a Jew and face a question.
- "The Gatekeepers" by Chris Whipple. The story of the White House Chiefs of Staff. Timely and very informative.
- "Simple Rules" by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. A framework for developing simple rules in life. [A parked car can beat a burglar alarm.]
- "The Silo Effect" by Gillian Tett. Organizational silos can be damned scary and this book explores solutions.
- "Meltdown" by Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik. If you are into crisis prevention and management, this is the book for you.
- "Submission" by MIchel Houellebecq. A controversial novel about the rise of a Muslim government in France. Read it with today's Europe in mind.
- "On Grand Strategy" by John Lewis Gaddis. A survey of some of the great successes and failures in history. Are you a hedgehog or a fox?
Friday, December 21, 2018
2018: A Few Books I Found Myself Recommending to Friends
Posted by Michael Wade at 4:00 AM