Every year I give a book recommendation for Christmas; in 2007, I picked "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin and in 2008 I chose "The Rise of The Creative Class" by Richard Florida. This year I did not want to pick just one book, so here are a few nonfiction paperbacks I read this year and could not put down, in no particular order:
- "Franklin and Winston," by Jon Meacham: an account of the friendship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
- "A Hope in the Unseen," by Ron Suskind: the story of a black kid from a blighted DC neighborhood, who is admitted to Brown University against the odds. The book covers his last two years in high school and his first year in college and is one of my favorite books of all times. I first learned about the book thanks to NPR's You Must Read This series.
- "Influence: The Power of Persuasion," by Richard Cialdini. I blogged about the book here and here.
- "The Pixar Touch," by David Price: a history of the animation company Pixar. I did not expect the book to be such a page-turner, but it was. I became interested in Pixar after I read an article in Harvard Business Review about "How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity"; that article remains one of the most recommended by readers on the HBR website.