Forbes’ 13 Best Books for Summer 2017 – Forbes
Want to become a better investor? Strategize like George Washington? Get rich by playing dead? We give you the bottom line on 13 books for summer 2017 — no matter your sunniest ambition.Â
1. Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar
Ambition:Â Investing byÂ any means possible.
Bottom Line:Â Stevie Cohen became a billionaire and earned a reputation as one of Wall Street’s greatest geniuses beforeÂ his SAC Capital collapsed in disgrace and infamy.
2.Â Carpe DiemÂ by Roman Krznaric
Ambition:Â Tune out the noise.
Bottom Line: With more than ever distracting us, it’s an insightful guide to staying foc–er, what did you want?
3.Â The Captain ClassÂ by Sam Walker
Ambition: Lead like an all star.Â
Bottom Line: Walker, founding editor of theÂ Wall Street Journal‘s sports section, identifies the secret managementÂ skills that led to magical sports moments, like Bill Russell’s “Coleman Play” in the 1957 NBA Finals.Â
4.Â American KingpinÂ by Nick Bilton
Ambition:Â Understand how new markets develop.
Bottom Line:Â In theÂ dim world of the Dread Pirate Roberts, drug kingpin of the Dark Web, anything could be bought and sold–passports, counterfeit cash, drugs, poisons–and it added up to a $1.2 billion business.
5.Â How to Be EverythingÂ by Emilie Wapnick
Ambition:Â Figure out aÂ course in life.
Bottom Line:Â Feel-good, encouraging advice on distilling a variety of passions and interests into success.
6.Â Nothing But a Circus: Misadventures Among the PowerfulÂ by Daniel Levin
Ambition:Â Become happierÂ with having a little less.
Bottom Line:Â The combination of money and power is often toxic.
7.Â One MissionÂ by Chris Fussell
Ambition:Â Lead like a warrior.
Bottom Line:Â Fussell, co-author of aÂ New York Times bestseller and former aide to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, offers boardroom strategies with battlefield-proven results.
8.Â October:Â The Story of the Russian RevolutionÂ by China MiÃ©ville
Ambition:Â Create something revolutionary.
Bottom Line:Â 100 years ago, a group of disruptors changed a centuries-old institution forever.
9.Â Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood
Bottom Line:Â A lively account of death fraud, which allows peopleÂ eager to profit from get away from it all and profit from it.
10.Â Runnin’ With theÂ DevilÂ by Noel E. Monk and Joe Layden
Ambition:Â Turn a scrappy startup into a big business.
Bottom Line:Â Van Halen’s former manger offers a backstage view to creating one of the biggest 80s brands.
11.Â The EmigrantÂ EdgeÂ by Brian BuffiniAmbition:Â Make outsider status pay off.
Bottom Line:Â Buffini,Â who was born in Dublin and grew up in San Diego, identifies the seven traits that make immigrants so successful in America.
12.Â Valiant AmbitionÂ by Nathaniel Philbrick
Ambition:Â Lead like a president.
Bottom Line:Â Nothing reveals true leaders like a crisis. Just ask George Washington–or his fellow general, Benedict Arnold.
13.Â Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World DominationÂ by Adam LashinskyÂ Ambition:Â Derail an established industry by any means possible.
Bottom Line:Â Even before Travis Kalanick’s recent decision to step back from Uber, two things have been immensely clear about his startup: it’s boldly ambitious–and on a perilous path.
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