With summer vacations quickly approaching I reached out to a group of successful leaders, authors, journalists, and podcast hosts for book recommendations. I asked them to suggest a book and why they picked it.
The books on this list range from science fiction to leader development to quantum physics. I hope you find a title on this list that sparks your interest and you grab a book, a beer, and enjoy your summer.
General (RET) Stanley McChrystal, Managing Partner of McChrystal Group
Admiral (RET) James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad
A first novel by the Canadian-Arab journalist Omar El Akkad, this searing tale moves the reader forward over half-a-century into a dystopian future in which a second American civil war has unfolded. The south is again pitted against the rest of the country, this time over the use of hydrocarbons. Mexico has invaded the US and annexed portions of the southwest, and other parts of early 21st century America have succeeded. Florida is overcome by rising sea levels and no longer exists. Our society is brutally polarized. Against this backdrop, the characters of this novel grow, love, struggle, and sacrifice for the causes in which they passionately believe. Is this the future of the United States? Hopefully not; but the potential extension of the extreme divisions in our society today are clearly the inspiration for this brilliant and tragic tale.