5 Books for Your Holiday Reading List

The holiday season is upon us, and with that, many of us are ready for a break. Since most of us will be spending the holidays at home this year, it’s a good time to catch up on some reading. So, we asked our 361 team for some book recommendations to add to your shopping cart.

Call Sign Chaos
by Jim Mattis and Bing West
Recommended by Tom Florence | Chairman and CEO

Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars, to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, as well as the importance of allies.


Empire of the Summer Moon
by S.C. Gwynne
Recommended by Josh Vail, CAIA | President

A stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all. The complex tribe network that inhabited the American West along with the brutality of the region in the late 1800’s is simply mind blowing.


The Man Who Ran Washington
by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Recommended by Blaine Rollins, CFA | Chief Market Strategist

Very insightful read into a time in the White House and U.S. government when big differences still existed but things got done. Republican and Democratic agendas were at odds then like they are today, but the two parties got together and passed legislation and made decisions that resulted in a better and stronger America. This book should be required reading for every member of Congress and the incoming Biden White House.


The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson

Recommended by Wade Clouse | Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President, Director of Operations

Simply one of the best books I have ever read. This book tells the story of America’s great migration of African Americans out of the deep south into northern cities during World War I through 1970. It shows the challenges that these migrants faced getting out of the caste system of the Jim Crow south and into new and hostile territories in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and other major cities. The book explains why African Americans found themselves in expensive housing under poor living conditions, the systems that were used to keep them in menial jobs with little upward movement, and the inferior education they received.


The Sun Does Shine
by Anthony Ray Hinton

Recommended by Andrea Coleman, CAIA | Director of Sales, East Coast Region

This book tells the story of Anthony Ray Hinton, a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. While a critical look at the justice system, it is also an incredible story of hope and perseverance in the worst of circumstances. What he suffered through was absolutely wrong, but his ability to find happiness, humor and strength – not only for him, but also for his family and fellow inmates – was extraordinary and something I won’t ever forget.


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