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Suggested Reading By James W. Barlow

December 15, 2016

American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman

A terrific account of the historic turnaround at Ford. The author does a masterful job of telling this story…it reads like a novel! I love my F-150.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Interesting read. A few good ideas. If you are a Gladwell or Freakenomics fan you will enjoy this read.

The Lincoln Hypothesis: A Modern-day Abolitionist Investigates the Possible Connection between Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and Abraham Lincoln by Timothy Ballard

Not as strong as ‘Washington Hypothesis’ but still a very good book.

November 30, 2016

Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith by Dallin H. Oaks and Marvin S. Hill

Well researched and written. I had no idea that there was a trial. Read it to find out if they were found guilty or acquitted.

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris

This is the first novel in Robert Harris; trilogy on the life of Cicero. The setting, historical perspective and characters gave me a good view of the politics of the time. I’m looking forward to reading book 2 and 3.

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni

A good friend gave this book to me to read. Thanks. The fable-type story was very engaging and I read the book in just a few hours to and from an investment conference. Good suggestions on how to give better service.

November 2, 2016

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer

I decided to read this book because the plot looked interesting. How could one resist a techno-thriller, Tom Clancy-like, WWIII fiction, especially when it is set between China and the US? Sorry, not that good.

Breakthrough! How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy

I have an older brother that lived just a few months back in 1942. He was a ‘Blue Baby’ and was a few years too early for medical science advances. The first successful operation to fix this congenital heart problem was in 1944. Very interesting book. Well written.

The Little Book of Gratitude for Latter-day Saints by Ed J Pinegar

Early in the book the author quoted Cicero “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” I now agree. Great book, lots of quotes, lots of ideas.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

This was my ‘airplane flying home book’. It caught me at the onset and never let me go. Loved it. I’ve got to find time to read more Harlan Coben. I’ve read a few and have never been disappointed.

September 19, 2016

The Next Decade: Empire and Republic in a Changing World by George Friedman

Good Analysis of the United States’ role as an unwilling empire.

Twice Blessed: The Beauty of Forgiving and Forgiveness by S Michael Wilcox

Fresh outlook on old questions. I thoroughly enjoyed it and need to improve.

The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves by Arbinger Institute

I found relevance in the Outward Mindset to my approach in business as well as to my personal and family relationships.