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October 19, 2020

Good Economics for Hard Times, by Banerjee and Duflo

For our Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List final discussion, we read Good Economics for Hard Times, by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Gates describes their book as “useful and compelling,” and says they are “honest about the…

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September 22, 2020

UC from RBG

Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. I am a very strong believer in listening and learning from others. Real change, enduring change, happens one…

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September 12, 2020

The Great Influenza, John M. Barry

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, a long, thorough, and heavy read, delivered powerful lessons in leadership that are as consequential today as they were 100 years ago. Truth Matters – More Than Anything Barry delivers the…

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August 28, 2020

Senator Cory Booker’s Candor

Recently, I had the true privilege of participating, along with 45 others, in a Zoom call with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. I was delighted to find that, in addition to the intelligence and exuberance I was expecting,…

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August 18, 2020

The Ride of a Lifetime, by Robert Iger

The Ride of a Lifetime is a blend of autobiography, leadership manual, and historical non-fiction. The book covers Iger’s own career story with a more recent history of the Disney companies and while doing so, delivers a full…

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July 27, 2020

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

The second book in the list of summer reading recommended by Bill Gates certainly brought mixed reviews, with several feeling strongly in opposite directions! Cloud Atlas seems to have fostered a love/hate relationship with our group but everyone…

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July 17, 2020

Reflections on The Choice by Dr. Edith Eger

In a very brief summary that will not do this book or its author full justice, The Choice is the autobiography of Dr. Edith Eger, a survivor of the Holocaust death camps who then immigrated to America and…

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June 25, 2020

What Will It Take? Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List 2020

Each summer, I intend to take advantage of the shift in busy-ness and commit myself to completing a summer reading list. Perhaps nudged by reduced (nearly zero) travel, I have decided this is the summer I will not…

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June 11, 2020

Educated, by Tara Westover

Educated, by Tara Westover, is the harrowing true story of her rise from an abusive, unstable, uneducated childhood to a Cambridge and Harvard education, earning a PhD in history. Westover’s writing is powerful in the way that it…