8 Books for Your Summer Reading List

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

When a Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management
by Roger Lowenstein
Recommended by Aditya Bhave | Senior Quantitative Analyst, Portfolio Manager

My favorite finance book. “When it was founded in 1993, Long-Term was hailed as the most impressive hedge fund in history. But after four years in which the firm dazzled Wall Street as a $100 billion moneymaking juggernaut, it suddenly suffered catastrophic losses that jeopardized not only the biggest banks on Wall Street but the stability of the financial system itself.”

Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two
by Jim Koch
Recommended by Josh Vail, CAIA | Senior Vice President, Director of Sales

The book is written by Jim Koch the founder of The Boston Beer Company and brewer of Samuel Adams. The book follows his rise the through world of beer from start up to a multi-million dollar company. Jim is honest and “real” about challenges all entrepreneurs must overcome and the joy in running a business. You won’t be able to read this without taking a story to tell or lesson to apply in your own business. Plus it’s about a beer company, who doesn’t like beer?

Beneath a Scarlet Sky
by Mark T. Sullivan

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

A title that I will be reading over my summer travels which has come highly recommended by many and sounds similar to ‘Unbroken’ by Hillenbrand which was one of my most favorite books. Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, ‘Beneath a Scarlet Sky’ is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Recommended by Cliff Stanton, CFA | Co-Chief Investment Officer

Great read for science lovers, and you don’t need to be a physics major to understand it. It covers everything from the Big Bang, to black holes, to the search for life, concisely and with great wit.


Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords for Success
by Mike Krzyzewski with Jamie Spatola

Recommended by Justine Schulerud | Director, Content & Demand Generation

An ever-inspiring story from one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. This book focuses on 40 key words, such as adaptability, courage, ownership and will, to live by for success and winning in all realms of life. In describing each word, Coach K shares a story in efforts to create a true understanding of the meaning of the word, not simply a definition, so the word can become part of your everyday life.

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

Recommended by Kelsey Sokoloski | Director of Sales, East Great Lakes Region

Almost unnecessary, the title pretty much sums it up. It’s about figuring out your One Thing and devoting everything to it. The book is embodied with the question “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah

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

The story is of a family whose patriarch was a POW in Vietnam and after returning from war impulsively moves his wife and daughter up to an old house in the Alaskan wilderness. It follows their struggle to learn how to survive the brutal winters, the path of their daughter into adulthood and the volatile relationship between her parents. It was completely engrossing and I didn’t want it to end!

Old Man’s War
by John Scalzi

Recommended by Hallie Myers | Operations Analyst

This is a Sci Fi novel that’s the first in a series. My dad gave it to me because I said I don’t like Sci Fi and he thought I’d like this one. It’s set in a dystopian future and is about a widower who turns 75 and enlists in a space army. He leaves his life on Earth behind and is sent into space with other 75 year-old recruits. There, they are given new/younger bodies and trained for battle. If they survive their tour, they will be given land on a new planet.