We thought we would take this opportunity to ask the Martin Charlton team to share their thoughts on two books that they would recommend. Some of our team chose their latest reads, others have taken titles which relate to their work or personal selections.
CEO Tools – by Kraig Kramers. Kraig ran many companies in the USA over his career. Now deceased, I had the opportunity to meet him several times and had him visit Saskatchewan on a couple occasions to address local CEOs. His stories are so real and practical, easy to read and memorable.
Atlas Shrugged – when polled about books that had a major impact on them Atlas Shrugged came in second place. I guess I’m in that group. This fictional piece about the value of labor, the ability of the individual to make a contribution to society and the power of peer groups is not without controversy and, I guess, that’s what makes it so potent.
Anton, a young boy, his friend and the Russian Revolution – Dale A. Eisler. – strongly recommend it as Dale tells the story of his family’s journey beginning in Russia at the start of the Russian revolution.
Send for Me by Lauren Fox – which I also recommend, which follows three generations of a Jewish family beginning pre-WWII. As you can see, I like historical fiction.
Letters From A Nut by Ted L. Nancy – an insanely inspired, truly madcap collection of Nancy correspondence, a wet-yourself-in-a-public place funny aggregation of official—and officially certifiable—requests, complaints, fan mail and questions that could not possibly have been taken seriously…but, amazingly, were.
You have to read it for it to make sense!
The Language of Lost Cranes by David Leavitt. – tells the story of twenty-five-year-old Philip Benjamin and his journey of love and truth. His writing style is one of the best that I have experienced and is a great storyteller.
Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladdwell – “a small change tips the balance of a system and brings about a large change; for example, when the normal spread of influenza throughout a population suddenly turns into an epidemic.
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns – a fascinating book I could not put down and I still think about the book and how much I enjoyed it. It is a fictional story detailing the people, culture and the dictates of society in the early part of the last century in the US state of Georgia. Loved it.
Simply Psychology by Michael Eysenck – One of my favourite books when it comes to understanding people and what motivates them. This helps me evaluate content before publishing. It’s a reader-friendly introduction to the key principles of psychology.
The Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft – A heartbreaking story of survival and guilt. At the age of 16 he was forced to fight for the amusement of SS officers in Auschwitz. Turning professional, he boxed until facing Rocky Marciano when he was knocked out. Movie will be released in 2021.
Total F*cking Godhead: The biography of Chris Cornell, written by Corbin Reiff. Chris Cornell was the voice of a generation in the 1990s so-called “grunge music” era and was, in my opinion, one of the greatest all-around musicians in history.
The Yankee Years, written by Tom Verducci and Joe Torre. It’s just one of many baseball-themed books in my collection. Baseball is my passion, as are the New York Yankees. Both were introduced to me by my Dad, who is my inspiration.
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. A smart, funny, and provocative perspective on decision-making.
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson. Thoroughly engaging; made me laugh out loud more than any other book I’ve read. The next best thing to travelling during lockdown.