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AMERICAN ICON

Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company
Bryce G. Hoffman

When Bill Ford decided that Bill Ford was not the right man to lead the company his great-grandfather started a century earlier, he turned to the man who had pulled Boeing out of the ashes post-9/11, Alan Mulally. This decision would lead to Ford being the only of the big three automakers to avoid bankruptcy during the economic collapse. The automakers are back in the fire during this COVID economic moment, but from 2006-2014 what Alan Mulally did at Ford is a story of corporate leadership and wisdom that trumps almost any corporate executive biography I have ever read.

COUNTDOWN 1945

The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days that Changed the World
Chris Wallace

The passing of Franklin Roosevelt before World War 2 had come to an end did something that many people do not know – it left Harry Truman in the position of having to end the war, despite having been totally left out of the discussions as to how that may happen. What resulted in the months thereafter would, indeed, end the war, and also change the world.

TRIUMPH OF THE CITY

How our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
Edward Glaeser

Harvard economist and scholar, Ed Glaeser, penned this masterful work in 2011 on the greatness of urban life, and the economic, ecological, and cultural opportunities “cities” represent. The COVID era seemed like an appropriate time to re-visit this delightful treatise.