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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Mattew Walker PhD
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

Recommended by Clark

36 Righteous Men
Steven Pressfield
In Steven Pressfield’s astonishingly original new novel, 36 Righteous Men, it is the year 2034, man’s depravity has brought on various forms of climate disaster—and someone has begun systematically murdering the righteous men. The case has landed in the lap of a hard boiled, old school New York City police detective and his younger female partner, who serves as the book’s narrator.
 
As their investigation proceeds, a novel that began as a classic police procedural gradually morphs into an apocalyptic thriller. I may say no more, because I mustn’t give you the smallest clue as to who the murderer turns out to be. I can tell you only that 36 Righteous Men is the ultimate page-turner, with a shock ending you will never see coming.
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. As the book Buffett autographs most, its popularity and longevity attest to the widespread appetite for this unique compilation of Mr. Buffett s thoughts that is at once comprehensive, non-repetitive, and digestible. 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. His 'homespun' wisdom and philosophy are also part of this comprehensive, interesting, and readable book.  As important and relevant today as it was when it was written.
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 weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. Da Vinci is truly history’s most creative genius and true Renaissance man.
Recommended by Mark

Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
Author: Warren Littlefield

Top of the Rock is an insiders’ account of an incredible time and place in television history: the years when Must See TV—led by Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends, ER, and Law & Order—made NBC an unstoppable success. The story is told through the words of the actors, writers, producers, creators, and network executives who helped NBC rise to its greatest heights—and then saw it all fall apart.
Recommended by Mark

Born to Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir.  ...In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. And he can write, and not just incredible songs but good, solid prose. And like a fabled Springsteen concert, Born to Run achieves the sensation that all the relevant questions have been answered. He delivers the story of Bruce, in digestibly short chapters which he wrote himself over a six year span.
Recommended by Mark

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

It’s on our minds. Every day we’re bludgeoned by news of how bad everything is – financial collapse, unemployment, growing poverty, environmental disasters, disease, hunger, war. But the rarely acknowledged reality is that our progress over the past few decades has been unprecedented. By almost any index you care to identify, things are markedly better now than they have ever been for almost everyone alive. Johan Norberg traces just how far we have come in tackling the issues that define our species. While it's true that not every problem has been solved, we do now have a good idea of the solutions and we know what it will take to see this progress continue. Dramatic, uplifting and counter-intuitive, Progress is a call for optimism in our pessimistic, doom-laden world.
Recommended by Mark

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
Author: Boris Johnson

This book celebrates one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century.  Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays Churchill as a man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity. Churchill was a man of contradictions: fearless on the battlefield - he pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale, yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time, despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting. His open-mindedness made him a trailblazer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. Most of all, he is proof that one person—intrepid, ingenious, determined—can make all the difference.
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

Thinking Fast and Slow
Author: Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, reviews the human mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. In discussing how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives--and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

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.”

How Google Works
Authors: Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

In an era when everything is speeding up, the best way for businesses to succeed is to attract smart-creative people and give them an environment where the can thrive at scale.  HOW GOOGLE WORKS is a new book that explains how to do just that.
Recommended by Joanna Rotenberg, Head, Personal Wealth Management Group, BMO Financial Group


56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
Author: Kostyka Kennedy

DiMaggio's achievement lives on as the greatest of sports records. Alongside the story of DiMaggio's dramatic quest, Kennedy deftly examines the peculiar nature of hitting streaks and with an incisive, modern-day perspective gets inside the number itself, as its sheer improbability heightens both the math and the magic of 56 games in a row.
Recommended by Bruce Ferman, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, BMO Nesbitt Burns


Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Author: Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.
Recommended by Scott Smith, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets


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.'
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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


Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Author: Dan Ariely

Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? Behavioural economist Dan Ariely cuts to the heart of our strange behaviour, demonstrating how irrationality often supplants rational thought. Predictably Irrational brilliantly blends everyday experiences with a series of illuminating and often surprising experiments, that will change your understanding of human behaviour. And, by recognising these patterns, Ariely shows that we can make better decisions in business, in matters of collective welfare, and in our everyday lives from drinking coffee to losing weight, buying a car to choosing a romantic partner.
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Rich by Thirty
Author: Lesley Scorgie

Most young adults spend more time thinking about what to wear each day than about their finances. It's too bad, because time really is on your side when it comes to investing. The earlier you start, the more successful you'll be. From tips and hints on how to save what you earn, to more advanced information on investment vehicles and opportunities, Rich by Thirty provides practical advice and good, solid information.
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