Favorite Reads of 2016

I haven’t been reading as many books as I use to but I also spend less time on airplanes too. I did however make time to read several books this year and was fortunate enough to read three really great ones back-to-back-to-back. The Third Wave by Steve Case I picked this book up after seeing…

Tribe

I came across an interview with author, filmmaker, and journalist Sebastian Junger. He was promoting his new book Tribe on ‘On Point’ with Tom Ashbrook. It was very, very interesting. This idea of a ‘tribe’ is something that was brought up by a friend of mine about 7 – 8 years ago.  He was telling…

Not Good For The City

I check out various podcasts while on long runs. From The Audible on FoxSports to NPR’s Fresh Air. One I pop on regularly is The Brookings Institute Cafeteria podcast. They had Smith College Economics Professor Andrew Zimbalist on recently. He has written well over a dozen books on sports and money. His most recent (which…

Jawbreaker

It was rather appropriate that I finished the book Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA’s Key Field Commander on September 10. 2006. 5 years after 9/11 and countless news stories, debate, and elections since no one knows really why we didn’t get Bin Laden in the first…

The Pentagon’s New Map

 There are big picture thinkers and then there are BIG PICTURE THINKERS. Thomas P.M. Barnett is one of those BIG PICTURE THINKERS.   The Pentagon’s New Map is very engaging and nearly overwhelming. However Barnett (as big of an egghead as he is) is able to weave his theories through his professional life and his…

QUICKSILVER

I met Neal Stephenson once at a book signing in Austin, TX for his novel Quicksilver. If I knew then what I know now after reading the massive book I would not have shaken his hand-I would have given him 5 fingers across the face.   The book was to put it mildly; long winded,…