13 posts categorized "Books"

The Babe hits a deep home run to my Father

September 3, 2013
Babe Ruth hit 59 homers in 1921. My dad almost caught one. There’s a baseball story that I recently found in my father’s diary. It was dated July 30, 1921. It's interesting looking back on this event and what it says about my father. Dad was very disciplined, even rigid...

My Summer Book Club Recommendation: Those Angry Days

August 5, 2013
For my summer reading this year, I chose Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson. Those Angry Days covers the period of 1939-1941 and details the bitter conversation and discussion over whether or not the United States should enter the Second World War. President Roosevelt realized the danger to Great Britain...

LISTEN: Thomas Jefferson’s “Art of Power”

April 30, 2013
A Book Review Anyone who has studied American history knows that Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant thinker who wrote the Declaration of Independence and was our third president, and also founded the University of Virginia. But I learned so much more by reading Jon Meacham’s new biography, especially the quiet...

The "Last Lion" Keeps Roaring

April 8, 2013
A Book Review I have read William Manchester’s previous two books about Winston Churchill and thought they were quite wonderful. When Manchester died in 2004, I wondered how far along he was with his third and final volume about Winston. Writer Paul Reid took Manchester’s volume of work and has...

Without Reservations

January 14, 2013
Have you ever been talked into something? Well, I certainly was talked into writing my second book: Without Reservations: How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew into a Global Hotel Company. It was 16 years ago when I published Spirit to Serve. A lot has happened since then, and that’s...

My Summer Reading

August 30, 2012
“Eisenhower – The White House Years,” By Jim Newton My summer reading relates mostly to a lot of murder mysteries, but I do try and include some history and current topics. I recently read, Eisenhower, The White House Years, by Jim Newton. In the past, I’ve read a lot of...

More Lessons From A Car Guy

February 20, 2012
After nearly 40 years as a CEO at Marriott, I love to read about how others lead. Recently, I blogged about Bob Lutz's new book "Car Guys vs. Bean Counters," which has many lessons from his tenure with General Motors. My 13-year service on the GM Board ended about a...

Steve Jobs: Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

January 30, 2012
Recently, I had an opportunity to read the story of Apple’s Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I found it fascinating and well done. We all know that Jobs changed the world with his many creations at Apple and Pixar Films. Isaacson wrote, “Steve Jobs became the greatest business executive of...

Making the Tough Call

August 22, 2011
Listen to blog I bought President Bush’s autobiography, Decision Points, a while ago and during some quiet time over the Fourth of July weekend had an opportunity to read it. It was obvious that President Bush wrote the book himself. It included many wonderful, personal stories about him, his courtship...

"Hands-On" Teaching is Key to Success

July 18, 2011
Listen to my blog When I served on the General Motors board, I had a chance to work with Bob Lutz. Bob came on board as Vice Chairman of General Motors, primarily working on product development. He’s written a new book, which has been covered in The Wall Street Journal....