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Book Report…

February 25, 2019

February brought the return of a robust business travel schedule – and plenty of time for reading. Here are a few suggestions when you get tired of balance sheets and Best Review articles…

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari) – You know how technology is affecting your businesses and families today. But there are even more profound and disrupting effects coming in our lifetimes. The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings with it all types of promise – and peril – for us as individuals and for the liberal democratic governance system under which we live.
  • Hollywood Godfather (W.R. Wilkerson III) – A terrific biography of Bill Wilkerson, as told by his son, a man who you don’t know but has had an impact on your life. A fast-paced and fascinating read.
  • The Fifth Risk (Michael Lewis) – In his latest book, Lewis explores the impact of government agencies on the quality of our lives and how the quality of the many services we take for granted is jeopardized by the appointment of unqualified individuals.
  • Grant (Ron Chernow) – Another Chernow classic, although I did not enjoy this book as much as I did his biographies of Washington and Hamilton. Not because of Chernow’s handling of the subject, but because I found Grant, while possessing some compelling qualities, to simply be a less interesting – and far less complex – person than those two Founding Fathers. Still worth downloading.
  • Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann) – A terrific who-done-it that sheds some incredible light on the investigative techniques of the early to mid-20th century in one of the most fearsome murder and fraud cases in U.S. history. Best of the bunch.
  • November Road (Lou Berney) – A fabulous new novel from a writer who’s likely to turn into one of my favorites. Set around the 1963 assassination of JFK, this story has twists and turns that keep the light on until you get to the end.

Got some recommendations of your own? You can email them to me at jannotti@fraternalalliance.org.

Looking forward to seeing many of my fraternal colleagues in San Antonio on Thursday, February 28 for the first Alliance “Meet and Eat” networking event of the year. My March 4 post will feature stories and photos from that meeting.