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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Author: Erik Larson 

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.
Recommended by Mark
 
Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives and What the World's Best Companies Are Learning from It
Author: Brian Dumaine

An in-depth and revelatory look at Amazon’s world-dominating business model, the current competitors either imitating or trying to outfox Amazon, and the ways Bezonomics is shaping the life of every American consumer—from an award-winning Fortune magazine writer. Like Henry Ford, Sam Walton, or Steve Jobs in the early years of Ford, Walmart, and Apple, Jeff Bezos is the business story of the decade.. Amazon’s business model has not only turned the retail industry and cloud computing inside out, but now its tentacles are squeezing media and advertising, and disrupting the state of technology, the economy, job creation, and society at large. Amazon’s impact is so pervasive that business leaders in nearly every sector around the world need to understand how this force of nature operates.
Recommended by Mark
 
The Joy of Cooking
Author: Irma S. Rombauer

Julia Child called the book  “a fundamental resource for any American cook”. The New York Public Library named it as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century, that has taught tens of millions of people to cook, helped feed and delight millions beyond that, answered countless kitchen and food questions, and averted many a cooking crisis.
Recommended by Maria
 
The Dynasty
Author: Jeff Benedict

It’s easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never won a championship and was on the brink of moving to St. Louis. Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired the franchise and soon brought on board head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Since then, the Patriots have become a juggernaut, making ten trips to the Super Bowl, winning six of them, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. This is the story of the New England Patriot’s epic run through the perspectives of Kraft, Belichick, and Brady, each of whom was interviewed for the book.
Recommended by Mark
 
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
Author: Matt Ridley

A classic with displays remarkable ingenuity and humour in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader. It is a  bold interpretation of economic history, making the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity.
Recommended by Mark
 
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Author: Patti Callahan

When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis, she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.
Recommended by Traci
 
The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win
Author: Maria Konnikova

The tale of how Konnikova, with her Masters in Psychology, while researching the psychology of poker players, wound up becoming a story herself will have you riveted, first as you learn about her big winnings, and then as she conveys the lessons she learned both about human nature and herself.
Recommended by Mark
 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Destined to become a modern classic, Sapiens is a lively, ground-breaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. Sapiens spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
Recommended by Mark

The Essays of Warren Buffett, 5th Edition
Lawrence Cunningham

The fifth edition of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America continues a 25-year tradition of collating Warren Buffett's philosophy in a historic collaboration between Mr. Buffett and Prof. Lawrence Cunningham. New and experienced readers alike will gain an invaluable informal education by perusing this classic arrangement of Mr. Buffett's best writings.Recommended by Clark

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
Jim Mattis

A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.
Recommended by Mark

Permanent Record
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
Recommended by Mark

The Warren Buffett Way
Robert G . Hagstrom

Robert Hagstrom presents an in-depth examination of Warren Buffett's strategies, and the 'how and why' behind his selection of each of the major securities that have contributed to his remarkable record of success.
Recommended by Clark

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth
Author: Benjamin Grant

Inspired by the "Overview Effect,” a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole, the book is a unique collection of high definition satellite photographs and a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped.
Recommended by Mark

Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Walter Isaccson

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity and careful observation. Da Vinci is truly history’s most creative genius and true Renaissance man.
Recommended by Mark

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
Author: Johan Norberg

By almost any index, things are markedly better now than they have ever been for almost everyone alive. Norberg traces just how far we have come in tackling the issues that define our species. Dramatic, uplifting and counter-intuitive, Progress is a call for optimism in our pessimistic, doom-laden world.
Recommended by Mark

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Author: Malcom Gladwell

It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But is that really what the David and Goliath story is about? Watch Gladwell’s TED talk on this book: https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath?language=en
Recommended by Mark

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Author: Michael Lewis

In Lewis's game-changing bestseller, a small group of Wall Street iconoclasts (including a Canadian Brad Katsuyama who turns out to be the hero and champion of integrity in the story) realize that the U.S. stock market has been infiltrated by High Frequency Traders who have found a way to electronically frontrun the market. They investigate, expose, and reform the insidious new ways that the HFTs have tried to rig the market.

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Authors: Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

This book asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What's more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective? How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands? How much good do car seats do? What's the best way to catch a terrorist? Did TV cause a rise in crime? This book “Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.”
Recommended by Mark

The Signal and the Noise
Author: Nate Silver

Most predictions fail because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. This is the "prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.
Recommended by Mark

The Big Short
Author: Michael Lewis

From the author of The Blind Side, Moneyball and Liar's Poker. The Big Short details the subprime mortgage industry and the broken financial system that resulted in the U.S. housing meltdown in 2008.
Recommended by Mark

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
Author: Jim Collins

One of the best books ever written about business and life. 'Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great.'
Recommended by Mark

By Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
Author: Jim Collins

Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Great By Choice details the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.
Recommended by Mark

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Authors: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Fascinating alternative look at day to day assumptions that we all make.
Recommended by Mark