This book contains much information and insight into the role of bank Director.
The subtitle to this book is “The Quest for a Moral Life”. Based on that alone, I would have never planned to read this book. I am a fan of David Brooks, but I am not an advocate of performance based spirituality. This book cover leads me to believe that the book falls squarely into that exact category of religious literature. No thanks!
So, why did I read the book?
I have a great friend and mentor in my life. He brilliantly guides me and causes me to think through a calculated process of questions and conversation. If my recollection is correct, he has never given me a directive. Yet, at the end of a recent lunch, he closed with, “What are you reading?” … “Read The Second Mountain by David Brooks next.” That was it. No explanation. No conversation. Just instruction.
I heeded. I am glad I did. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks”
Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. To my knowledge, I have read everything he has published. The style of this book is somehow different than Gladwell’s previous works. Somehow he is able to morph himself into something completely different with no loss to magnificence.
Best read of the 2019!
It’s hard to capture the essence of a story book in a collection of quotes; nonetheless, here are a few quotes I marked along the way:
- The issue with spies is not that there is something brilliant about them. It is that there is something wrong with us. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell”
This book was given to me by a great friend with the inscription “To another member of the Tribe”. Of course the short read jumped to the top of my queue. If I am part of a tribe, I want to know more about my team.
In this book the author seeks to shed light on mental illness and other life stressers as they relate to modern society’s absence of community. The avenue utilized for example centers around active military duty and PTSD. While I do not agree with all of the theories that arise, the book was practical and insightful – a worthy read.
Here are a few quotes I marked along the way:
- How do you become an adult in a society that doesn’t ask for sacrifice? How do you become a man in a world that doesn’t require courage? Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger”
Numbers tend to lie less badly than people do.
I am little behind the curve on this one. The book was originally published in 2005. I have heard it referenced many times thought the years. I finally read it in 2019.
I enjoyed this book a lot. In fact, it made me wonder if I had missed my intended calling as a psychiatry-economics-sociologist. The book takes on multiple sets of assumptions and asks, “Is common thought, factual thought?” or “Is there a better explanation for this?”
Here are a few of the quotes I noted along the way:
- Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work – whereas economics represents how it actually does work. Continue reading “Thoughts and quotes from “Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner”