8 Books for Your Holiday Reading List

The holiday season is upon us, and with that, many of us will be hitting the out of office button for a break. Whether you are heading to the airport for a holiday trip or having a stay-cation, it’s a good time to do some reading. So, we asked our 361 team for some recommendations to add to your shopping cart.

The CEO Next Door
by Elena L. Botelho, Kim Powell, and Tahl Raz
Recommended by Tom Florence | Chairman and CEO

A great book for data junkies who want the facts about what makes a great CEO. Their years of data and interviews crushes many of myths about what it takes to be a CEO. Also focuses on four key behaviors to that can help drive your business.

 

 


The Undoing Project
by Michael Lewis
Recommended by Josh Vail, CAIA | President

Michael Lewis’s latest book looks at the world of human behavioral tendencies and explores the partnerships that led to generational discoveries in the field. The book is full of amazing stories that will help anyone who reads it understand why they make the choices they make, and equip them with conversational nuggets that can keep any holiday party immersed in conversation (if you’re with the right crowd!)

 


Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite
by Roger Daltrey

Recommended by Blaine Rollins, CFA | Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Why do I want to read this over the holidays? I credit The Who for breaking me out of the pop music craze of the early 1980’s of my high school years. The Who’s music was rebellious and enlightening and perfect for a teenager ready to tackle the world. Roger Daltrey always gave 100% effort on stage and so it is time to find out where all the energy and enthusiasm began.

 


Red Rising (the trilogy)
by Pierce Brown

Recommended by Aditya Bhave | Portfolio Manager, Managed Futures

Amazing! My favorite series. A mix of Game of Thrones, Ender’s Game, and The Hunger Games. It is an action packed, dystopian/sci-fi series set from the point of view of the main character, Darrow, who is a reluctant leader that brings people together.

 


Brothers Forever
by Tom Sileo and Col. Tom Manion 
Recommended by Jenny Brookfield | Vice President, Marketing

The remarkable story of courage, heroism and the ultimate sacrifice made by two U.S. Naval Academy roommates. As classmates, Travis Manion and Brendan Looney forged an enduring bond that continued through military training, multiple deployments and, ultimately, their deaths. Now buried next to each other at Arlington National Cemetery, their loved ones continue to positively impact communities by carrying on their legacies. (And a plus is a portion of the book sales benefit The Travis Manion Foundation.)


The Newcomers
by Helen Thorpe

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

Newcomers is a story of an entire community in Denver, CO and how it works together to aid refugees from some of the most war torn and dangerous parts of the world. It focuses on one classroom at South High School whose job is to teach kids that speak different languages and who have various learning levels the basics of making it in America. It is an inspiring story of not only the individuals who help the children and their families, but of the kids themselves who escaped atrocities we’d never imagine all for the dream of succeeding in the place they now call home.


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

Recommended by Justine Schulerud | Director, Content & Demand Generation

This book uncovers hard data, backed by examples from the worlds of military and sport, that supports the power of grit. In a world where talent and intelligence are held in very high esteem, it provides an alternative view into this ever-important characteristic that leads to success, and the unwavering persistence those who possess grit demonstrate. I highly recommend this read for anyone trying to accomplish a goal—no matter the size.


The Coddling of the American Mind
by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

Recommended by Brian Harvey, CFA | Senior Equity Analyst

Eye-opening, evidence-based look into how several popular, but untrue, beliefs are harming an entire generation. Haidt and Lukianoff present a strong case of how these “untruths”, including a culture of “safety-ism”, have negatively affected the emotional and intellectual maturation of the “iGens”. It is a real-time account of good intentions gone bad. I was amazed to learn of the events that have transpired on college campuses because of this trend. For those familiar with the work of Daniel Kahneman, I would put Jonathan Haidt in a similar class.

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