I've heard that chief executive officers have a fondness for biographies.
If so, that is understandable. A good biography often contains more lessons than a shelf of self-help books. You might have to read between the lines, but that's a wise practice at all times.
A few that I've particularly enjoyed:
- The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power by Robert Caro
- The Imperial Rockefeller by Joseph Persico
- The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved by Jonathan Fenby
- John Adams by David McCullough
- Donald J. Trump by Conrad Black
- Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood
- Cicero by Anthony Everett
- "There is No Alternative": Why Margaret Thatcher Matters by Claire Berlinski
- Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero by Michael Korda
- George S. Kaufman: An Intimate Portrait by Howard Teichmann
- Stalin: Breaker of Nations by Robert Conquest