I read a lot this year for personal and professional reasons finally holding up a promise I make for myself every year.
Here are some of my favorites from 2018 in no particular order
- My Share of the Task by General Stanley McChrystal: I read this book at the beach because I think corporations and both parties in government are in desperate need of leadership.
- It Doesn’t have Have to Be Crazy at Work By Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: Another must-read book from the authors of Rework and founders of Basecamp
- Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite, 1956-1990 by James Stejskel: I read an article about this book and find Cold War history fascinating so the book made an interesting read at the beach last summer.
- 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton: This story fascinated me after 9/11 so I was glad to read all about it when I was laying on the beach last summer.
- Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies of a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou: A shocking look behind the scenes of Theranos during its rise and fall. A true tale of lying, fraud, and the Yes men who stood by and let it happen.
- Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad: This book brought back memories when SNL was funny.
- Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain: I wasn’t an Anthony Bourdain fan when he was alive. It was for no good reason even when a friend tried to turn me onto his work. After his death, I binge watched his show and read his books over vacation. Such a brilliant man and communicator. What an unfortunate loss.
- All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of the Wire by Jonathan Abrams: I grew up outside of Baltimore and watched every episode of the series multiple times. The book is a great look behind the scenes of the show.
What are some of your favorite books from 2018?