2 Followers
3 Following
chrisross

chrisross

Currently reading

Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream
Sara Goldrick-Rab

Invest in a Good Flashlight

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders - L. David Marquet

I listened to the audio book and it is oustanding!  I highly recommend this book.

 

The book chronicles Captain L. David Marquet and how he take the U.S.S. Sante Fe from worst to first in the Pacific Submarine Fleet by implementing a leader-leader rather than a leader-follower style.

 

He uses many ideas from Dr. Stephen Covey with particular emphasis on start with the end in mind.  He empowers his crew and gives them the authority to run the ship, be in charge of their departments, their personnel, and be accountable for their success or failure.  He challenges and successfully changed the NAVY's bureaucratic systems from Nuke Safety measures, to approvals for leave requests, to allowing his crew to tell him he is wrong during a training exercise to pick up Navy Seals that would have resulting in running his sub ashore had his crew not questioned his statement, order, and authority in that situation. This is generally a court martial offense in the military.

 

Marquet teaches his crew to use the, "Captain, I intend to..." phrase for conducting the day to day operations of the ship, focusing on people rather than technology, coming up with a motto of "We Learn", and training with the goal of ensuring you will not be missed or that any person will not be missed when gone or transferred to another position in the Navy or on leave, and these are all fabulous ideas.  

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to any business leader.  

 

The Fall of the King of Beers

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer - William Knoedelseder

I listened to the audio book and it was outstanding and very interesting.

 

This is yet another story of an American company and icon being bought by foreigners or a foreign investment group or company.  

 

What is astounding is that the Busch family combined did not own controlling interest of the company in stock yet a Busch family member was always the CEO and/or COB until purchasing by InBev.  What is even more astounding is the amount of money the Busch family spent frivolously on corporate sponsorships, advertising, and Busch the IV's drug and partying habits and the wake of dead women he left behind without any punishment or being held accountable or responsible for his actions.  

 

I was shocked when I heard of AB being purchased and thought that this could not happen and should not happen yet it did.  

 

Greatly disturbing too was the payday the investors that structured the buyout/hostile takeover received while they were closing plants and laying off workers.  

 

This is a great book and from a business perspective a great case study of how not to run a business to avoid bankruptcy or a hostile takeover.

 

I highly recommend this book.

Decisions and readings of the Supreme Court

Landmark Decisions of the Supreme Court: Select Cases Pertaining to Abortion, Birth Control, and Reproductive Rights -  Open Book Audio, Christopher Lee Philips, Kim Tuvin, Open Book Audio

I listened to the audio book and while it is interesting it is at times hard to follow because the actual briefs and dissenting opinions or confirming opinions of the Justices themselves are being read and use some legal jargon.

 

I will not comment or offer any opinions about the subject matter due to the subject matter itself and that all three subjects are lightning rods.

 

I will say this was a very interesting listen and I highly recommend everyone listen to or read this and other works from the Supreme Court.  

As the title says: You too can go to college without incurring debt

Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents - Zac Bissonnette, Andrew Tobias

This is a very good book and I am reading books about paying for college and College Financial Aid because I am two years away from having a college Freshman and paying for college.  

 

From what I have read I believe I will not receive Financial Aid for my daughters and I figured that from day one.

 

Zac's premise is that if you go to an in state school you can pay for college by the student working part time and full time or more during the summers and the parents working more or taking on a second or third part time job to pay for college. 

 

While this logic is sound it is not the reality for many Americans.  Zac cautions against sending your child to an Ivy League school or even an out-of-state State school and while I agree with the logic about the Ivy League's I disagree regarding the out-of-state, State schools.  Where I live in Utah and in many other states there are reciprocity agreements so that if you go to a neighboring state you can still pay in-state tuition or close to it.  Furthermore, there is something to be said for sending your child to college and it being far enough away that they truly have to live on their own.

 

Zac also recommends buying real estate in a college town and I may try to do this where my daughters go to college.

 

This is a very good book and Zac has a great sense of humor too.

 

I highly recommend this book.

Paying for College: or if you make more than $40-50k DON'T COUNT ON FINANCIAL AID

Paying for College: Without Going Broke 2000 (Paying for College, 2000) - Kalman A. Chany, Geoff Martz, A. Chany Kalman

I read this book while skipping over some parts like for Military Veterans, Divorced Parents, etc. since these do not apply to me and while the book is interesting since I am two years away from having my first child in college it solidified my belief that I am not likely to receive financial aid.

 

I used the worksheets in the back to calculate my EFC and they seem to fall apart or become incredibly hard to follow at Table 8.

 

This is a good read for any parent that has a child or children that plan on going to college.

 

I read the 2016 edition which is not yet pictured on this book review site. 

Another So, So Management/Leadership/Business Book

100 Ways to Motivate Others: How Great Leaders Can Produce Insane Results Without Driving People Crazy - Steve Chandler, Scott Richardson

I listened to the audio book and while there were some funny stories I cannot remember them and I would say that even there were some memorable tips for motivating others though now I cannot remember them.

 

I would have a hard time recommending this book.  

More Social Media Hype

The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers - Leerom Segal, Aaron Goldstein, Jay Goldman, Rahaf Harfoush

I listened to the audio book and it really does not live up to its subtitle.

 

The book is ready by two of the authors and this is a huge mistake and the authors should have hired a professional to read their audio book.

 

While I do agree that the one size fits all in large companies/corporate America is the wrong way to approach things and that the world is changing that is really the only thing that I liked about the book.

 

Much of the other parts of the book sounded like ideas recycled from other book and I really did not like that they cite Timothy Ferris' 4 Hour Work Week and 4 Hour Body because I read the 4 Hour Work Week and find it dubious.  

 

I cannot recommend this book.

Coloring Outside the Lines

Coloring Outside the Lines: Business Thoughts on Creativity, Marketing, and Sales - Made for Success, Jeff Tobe

I listened to the audio book and it was read by the author and Tobe should have hired someone to read this book for him.

 

The book sounds like it was written and read in the early 1990's though Tobe does have his own domain e-mail.

 

The book does have a few funny stories though I cannot recommend this book.

The Buck Stops Here

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan - Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

As of now I have read or listened to all of the books in Bill O'Reilly's "Killing..." series and I just finished reading this one.

 

It is very good, is a fast read, is written like a mystery and this one appears to be in chronological order.  

 

I learned several things about the atomic bombs which I did not know as well as more about WWII history which we should all know about.

 

I highly recommend this book.  

Korean War: Battle of Chosin Nov/Dec 1950

East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 - Roy E. Appleman

I listened to the audio book and found this in the Bibliography of Devotion by Adam Makos.

 

I cannot recommend this book as it is mostly a very dry after action report or reads like one.  

 

 

A Korean War Epic up there with The Outpost, Outlaw Platoon, and many others

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Brotherhood, and Sacrifice - Adam Makos

I read this book after reading about it from a book review site and I loved it.  It is a true Korean War Epic and one of the few about the Korean War.

 

What is interesting is that it is a proxy war on the North Korean side being fought by Chinese and Soviet soldiers and pilots (sound familiar?).

 

Also of interest is that it is similar to The Outpost where Command Posts are set up in the low ground and the Chinese already hold the high ground and are able to easily overrun the Army and Marine units.

 

Finally, this is a story of friendship and friendship between an African American pilot from Mississippi  and a White pilot from Massachusetts that under ordinary circumstances would have never been friends.  

 

I will end with Daisy's comment, we (The United States) need men like Tom and Jesse now more than ever.

 

This is a great book that I highly recommend.  

Mulholland Drive

Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles - Les Standiford

I listened to the audio book and I thought it would be more interesting than it was.  The book is very boring and dry and discussed William Mulholland's upbringing in the late 19th century and early 20th century and how he became the Director of the Water Works for Los Angeles.

 

I cannot recommend this book unless you really, really, really, really like Civil Engineering history and the history of building an aqueduct.  

Healing Vets of the 9/11 Wars and others too

Vets for Vets: Harnessing the Power of Vets to Heal - Dr. Gerald Alpern

This book is short and sweet and to the point.  It is somewhat redundant though packed with really good information.

 

It is helpful for the Mental Health Professional (MHP), for the Vet (I am not a Veteran so I am assuming here), and families and friends of Vets, and the average citizen.

 

This book discusses the failures of the VA and how to truly help Vets overcome PTSD, TBI, and re-acclimate into the community and guess what it takes the community to help as well.  

 

This is a very good book that more members of Congress and the President and leadership of the VA need to read.  

How to help Vets of the 9/11 Wars and Vets from other wars too

Vets for Vets: Harnessing the Power of Vets to Heal - Dr. Gerald Alpern

This book is short and sweet and to the point.  It is somewhat redundant though packed with really good information.

 

It is helpful for the Mental Health Professional (MHP), for the Vet (I am not a Veteran so I am assuming here), and families and friends of Vets, and the average citizen.

 

This book discusses the failures of the VA and how to truly help Vets overcome PTSD, TBI, and re-acclimate into the community and guess what it takes the community to help as well.  

 

This is a very good book that more members of Congress and the President and leadership of the VA need to read.  

The China Price

The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Global Financial System Destroys the Middle Class - Michael J. Casey

I listened to the audio book and its very good.  Lloyd James is one of the best book narrators I have ever listened to.

 

This is a very good book that will teach the listener about the inter-connectedness of China, the US, the EU, Argentina, Greece, etc.

 

I like that the author provides ways to solve the problem in the final chapter though it starts with two things: 1) getting Wall Street out of Washington, e.g. getting the money out of politics and 2) voting the current political establishment out of office.  

 

I highly recommend this book.

Turkey our next Frenemy

Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy - Zeynep Beler, Ece Temelkuran

I read this right after reading about the Kurdish women of the PKK fighting Daesh/ISIS.  This book is good and very cerebral.

 

The American reader (me) will have a hard time relating to or understanding some of the book if you have never been to Europe or lived in Europe or Turkey (again me).  It would be like me trying to explain the mystique and cult following of In-N-Out Burger or why we all hang Christmas lights in November, etc.

 

The book is good in that it paints a pretty damning picture that Turkey and Erdogan is creating a Fascist regime and country that the author compares to Germany in the 1930's.  The stories of the children in the prisons is disturbing.

 

Turkey is a NATO ally to the United States, a predominantly Muslim country, which is for the most part secular though like Saudi Arabia it seems that the religious fanatics rule with a more iron fist than the facade portrays to paraphrase the authors premise.

 

This is a good book that will help an American understand more about the region and the challenges faced by the entire globe.