Getting ahead in life is no day at the beach, but thanks to J.P. Morgan’s annual summer reading list, budding “business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and emerging family leaders” can do both.
Getting ahead in business is no day at the beach, but thanks to J.P. Morgan’s annual summer reading list, budding “business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and emerging family leaders” can do both.
The 16th annual Summer Reading List contains 10 books comprising an eclectic selection of recent nonfiction works whose subjects span technological innovations in education to the entrepreneurial creative process to “first-hand tips on resiliency all around the world,” according to the list.
“J.P. Morgan’s Summer Reading List has become a summer tradition that our clients and our employees look forward to every year,” Darin Oduyoye, Chief Communications Officer for J.P. Morgan’s Asset Management division, said in a statement “The selections reflect the broad interests of our clients and provide a current and thoughtful look from both noted and promising authors. Rare is a list where Henry Kissinger, ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the Wright Brothers stand side by side. The selections reflect the unique and diverse patchwork of clients we work with globally.”
The 10 books on the list were culled from more than 615 recommendations. They upend the notion that books for the beach are pure escapism. These offer a different form of escape that, according to J.P. Morgan, “best satisfy the intellect and interest of clients, as well as the spirit of the summer.”
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education, by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica. Robinson’s 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity,” has been viewed by an estimated 300 million people. In this provocative book, he continues his call for a revolution in education with curriculum that centers on creativity capability rather than standardized learning and assessment.
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, by Héctor Tobar. The title says it all. “With a novelist’s deftness, Tobar depicts the mosaic of human responses to life in danger,” J.P. Morgan recommends.
Every Gift Matters: How Your Passion Can Change the World, by Carrie Morgridge and John Perry. “Giving transforms two lives: the one who receives and the one who gives,” writes Carrie Morgridge, who has worked for 15 years with her husband at the Morgridge Family Foundation. This inspiration book shares true stories of those who drive community change through giving.
How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, by Kevin Ashton. Is everything you know about inspiration wrong? Aston, an entrepreneur and technology pioneer at MIT, chronicles the creative ingenuity, persistence and sometimes lonely path creators follow to move from idea to breakthrough. The book’s big “aha moment” is that the “aha moment” is a myth and that creation is a grueling process.
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, by Cynthia Barnett. This book is all wet, blending science and history—and a dedication to the environment. Barnett “weaves together a compelling set of human tales that carry them through millennia and around the world, often in vivid and lyrical prose that is leavened with humor,” praised the Dallas Morning News.
The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, by Judith Rodin. Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin offers stories of communities and businesses that have faced catastrophic events—ranging from weather or disease to political or economic crises—and then persevered and come away even stronger.
Saturday Night Live: The Book, by Alison Castle. Not to be confused with the definitive oral history by Tom Shales and James Miller, this 500-page coffeetable book marks “SNL’s” 40th anniversary. It includes more than 2,000 photos (some never before published), season reference guides and an insider’s look at a how the show is produced. As Lorne Michaels once said, the show doesn’t go on because it’s good; the show goes on because it’s 11:30.
Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favorite Restaurants, by Joe Warwick. Food writer and restaurant critic Joe Warwick presents a city-by-city guide to more than 3,000 restaurants, based on recommendations from more than 400 of the world’s top chefs. J.P. Morgan calls this “a go-to sourcebook for the curious foodie as well as the well-seasoned traveler.”
World Order, by Henry Kissinger. The New York Times called Henry Kissinger’s latest “a book that every member of Congress should be locked in a room with — and forced to read before taking the oath of office.” The Nobel Peace Prize winner considers recent international accords and well as global discord, and America’s vital role on the world stage.
The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough soars to new heights with this biography of David and Orville Wright fleshed out with details from private diaries, letters and family scrapbooks. A high-flying tale of perseverance, history and invention.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.