One of the things I’ve really enjoyed doing on this blog is reviewing books – all kinds of books. The list is now up to 29, and they are all listed in “Starbucker’s Amazon Store“.
The reviews themselves are in my “Half-Full Book Review” category.
All of these books are recommended, but here are 10 that are especially meaningful to me:
- “Einstein“, by Walter Isaacson. I now look at the Universe in a totally different (and magical) way.
- “Good to Great”, by Jim Collins. Provides an essential understanding of what it takes to be a long-term business success.
- “Citizen Soldiers“, by Stephen Ambrose. I could have picked three books by Ambrose, but this one left the most lasting mark on me about the courage and bravery of these men during WWII.
- “Pour Your Heart Into It“, by Howard Schultz. As I said in my review, “The book serves as an excellent case study in “leadership with heart”. Schultz is an undying “inclusive optimist”.”
- “1776”, by David McCullough. A real and gripping profile in courage (and great leadership).
- “7 Ways To Screw Up Your Life (and how to unscrew it)” , by Marti Lawrence. I just reviewed this, and I contributed a short chapter entitled “The Roller Coaster Theory“
- “This is Your Brain on Music“, by Daniel J. Levitin. If you ever wondered why music could have such an effect on you (as it does with me), this is a book for you. Utterly fascinating.
- “Orbiting the Giant Hairball“, by by Gordon MacKenzie. A fun look at how courage and “genuineness” can unlock creativity within the workplace.
- “The Radical Edge“, by Steve Farber. Wanna lead AND change the world? Dare to dream big. Read this book and find out how.
- “Joy At Work“, by Dennis W. Bakke. Can work really be fun? Can it be joyful? This book answers “yes!”
In the spirit of the holiday season, if you visit my Amazon page and buy one of these books, (or any of the other 19 on the page) all of my commissions will be donated to one of my favorite charities, the National Park Foundation.
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of our National Parks (here’s the list of my 10 favorites) – here’s what I’ve said about the experience in a previous post:
“There’s something about the sense of awe one gets when seeing these landmarks of nature that always manages to put me in a very good place – a good case in point is Grand Teton in Wyoming. Every time I visit there (which is about annually) I feel calm, renewed and revitalized. I can’t really explain exactly why – but I do think it’s spiritual.”
These places need to be tended to and preserved for future generations. Unfortunately, government funding is woefully inadequate to do everything that really needs to be done, like rebuilding roads, remodeling buildings, and hiring more park rangers.
So if you are going to buy one of these books, buy it here, so a little bit of that sale can go to our National Parks.
Thanks, and Happy Holidays!