A little light reading

March 17, 2014 admin

As most of you know, I spend a good deal of my time on the road.

Over the past two years, my travels have taken me to Amsterdam; Arlington, Va.; Aspen, Colo. (twice); Atlanta (twice); Austin; Bali, Indonesia; Bangkok; Barcelona (twice); Beijing; Berlin; Boston (four times); Butte, Mont. (twice); Carlsbad, Calif. (twice); Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago (four times); Copenhagen; Cork, Ireland; Dallas (three times); Dana Point, Calif. (twice); Denver; Des Moines, Iowa (twice); Frankfurt; The Hague; Half Moon Bay, Calif.; Hong Kong (twice); Houston; Laguna Beach, Calif. (three times); Lisbon; London (twice); Los Angeles; Nashville; New York City (10 times); Phoenix (three times); Queenstown, New Zealand; Raleigh, N.C.; Rome; Sacramento, Calif. (three times); San Antonio; San Diego; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Santa Monica, Calif. (twice): Santiago, Chile (as well as Temuco, Huilo Huilo, Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar and Horcun); Short Hills, N.J.; Singapore (twice); South Beach, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Washington, D.C.

Obviously, that’s a lot of miles, and a ton of hours in the air. Most of the time I try to spend productively, by reading. Because my interests are somewhat eclectic, the titles I’ve completed during the past two years spans a broad range of topics and genres. Here’s a sampling of most of them:

  • Abundance, by Peter Diamandis
  • The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and A World On Fire, by Neil Irwin (who recently helped keynote our VIP Americas conference)
  • Ancient Rome, by Robert Franklin Pennell
  • Average Is Over, by Tyler Cowen
  • The Battle of Bretton Woods, by Been Steil
  • Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload, by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosensteil
  • Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War, by Max Hastings
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande
  • A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin
  • The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman, by John Berkins
  • Content Is Currency, by Jon Wuebben
  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face — and What to Do About It, by Richard S. Tedlow
  • Design Crazy, by Max Chafkin
  • Disorder in the Court, by Charles M. Sevilla
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink
  • The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosensteil
  • Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stones
  • The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South, by Bruce Levine
  • A Feast of Crows, by George R.R. Martin
  • A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
  • The Genius (Bill Walsh biography), by David Harris
  • Gettysburg, The Last Invasion, by Allen C. Guelzo
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman
  • How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen, by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
  • I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words, edited by George Beahm
  • Into the Wild, by John Krakauer
  • Jesus, Interrupted, by Bart D. Ehrman
  • Jony Ive, The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products, by Leander Kahney
  • The Kingmaker’s Daughter, by Phillippa Gregory
  • The Lady of the Rivers, by Phillippa Gregory
  • The Leader’s Checklist, by Michael Useem
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson
  • The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume I through XII, by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
  • The Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, by Liaquat Ahamed
  • Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome, by E.M. Berrens
  • One Summer — America, 1927, by Bill Bryson
  • Other People’s Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made, by Charles Bagli
  • The Pacific, by Hugh Ambrose
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, by Carmine Gallo
  • The Red Queen, by Phillippa Gregory
  • The Score Takes Care of Itself, by Bill Walsh
  • A Short History of England, The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation, by Simon Jenkins
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
  • The Signal and the Noise, by Nate Silver
  • The Singularity Is Near, by Ray Kurzweil
  • Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
  • Still Foolin’ ’Em, by Billy Crystal
  • A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin
  • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
  • The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy, by Sharon Bertch McGrayne
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • This Explains Everything, a collection of essays edited by John Brockman
  • Transcend — Nine Steps to Living Well Forever, by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D.
  • A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
  • The War that Ended Peace: the Road to 1914, by Margaret McMillan
  • Washington, A Life, by Ron Chernow
  • The White Princess, by Phillippa Gregory
  • The White Queen, by Phillippa Gregory
  • Whole Earth Discipline: Why dense cities, nuclear power, transgenic crops, a restored wildlines and geoengineering are necessary, by Stewart Brand
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
  • Why the West Rules — For Now, by Ian Morris
  • Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan

Most of the above are highly recommended. Where have you been lately, and what have you been reading?

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GeoffFinalv5forwebGeoffrey Dohrmann is president and CEO of Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

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