Favorite Reads of 2017

While I didn’t get through as many books as I would have liked this year, I did get to read some pretty interesting stuff. The four I would recommend are:

‘Shoe Dog’ by Phil Knight

It’s the Nike founders autobiography that focuses heavily on the early days of the company. It might be shocking to know that Nike wasn’t really ‘in the clear’ financially until they went public.

‘Rise of the Robots’ by Martin Ford

Not a light read by any means of the imagination but very,very well done. Ford tackles automation in the context of everything else and even makes a compelling case for Basic Income.

 

‘The Arm’ by Jeff Passan

It’s Yahoo Sports Passan’s first book and he knocked it out of the park. He dives in depth into ‘Tommy John’ surgery or as it’s really called, UCL surgery. It’s the dreaded, apparently unpredictable and unpreventable, injury suffered by countless pitchers in every baseball culture around the world. He follows two pitchers coming back from their second ‘Tommy John’ surgery as well as digging into the surgery itself and how youth and Japanese baseball pitchers are handled.

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J.D. Vance

This book is a bestseller and acclaimed for a reason. It’s poignant, timely, tragic and hopeful. Vance covers an upbringing in Eastern Kentucky and Middletown, Ohio that put him front and center at the decline of the manufacturing sector and the rise drug use. It’s well worth your time.

You can find reviews to these and others on my Medium page. And with that, I wish you all a productive and healthy 2018.

 

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