For some reason I always end up reading a book once a year about someone who battle substance abuse. In this case the recovered is a gentleman named Rich Roll who ended up battling back alcohol and became an endurance athlete while abiding by a plant based diet. I know, overachiever right? But it’s a good story and a good summer read.

“Finding Ultra” is the essentially Roll’s story until his early 40’s. It’s capped with him doing 5 Ironman’s on 5 different islands in Hawaii in 6 days. There was no “race” so to speak, just a race against…


I’m not the biggest NBA fan. In fact I would gladly put myself into the ‘casual’ fan category. That being said even I know who Andre Iguodala is and how well rounded his game is. Igoudala’s book ‘The Sixth Man’ is a lot like his game, high level and complete.

Iguodala touches on a lot of things but one of the biggest takeaways for me was the physicality of the NBA. To hear the routine to get ready for a game day in and day in out was really eye opening. The discipline that goes into keeping yourself ready to…


Sure, Bill Gates may not be the best messenger for climate change but we also live in a world where people didn’t think that the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is someone to listen to when it comes to COVID-19. In any event, Gates new book ‘How To Avoid A Climate Disaster’ is probably the most honest and logical book you are going to find on the subject of climate change and he provides solutions on what we can do to defeat climate change.

Gates doesn’t sugar coat things. He immediately points out that this…


Sarah Frier’s debut book ‘No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram’ was the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year. That should tell you something about the writing and the relevancy of the topic. I would not disagree with the panels decision as this book is pretty much a play by play of Silicon Valley in the Web 2.0 period or as some may call it, ‘the rise of social media’.

This book goes from the origins of Instagram to when the co-founders (Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger) left the company which was by then owned by…


William Burns has certainly seen a lot when it comes to serving this country. His 33 year career in the Foreign Service spans four Presidents and nine Secretaries of State not to mention multiple tours in Russia including being an Ambassador from 2005–2008. So when he writes his memoir about his time in the Foreign Service, it should be a surprise to no one that it is at times overly detailed.

The Back Channel is a very appropriate title for this book. The quiet, important conversations outside of public view like the ones that lead to the Iran nuclear deal


If you haven’t read any of Bruce Feldman’s books you should. In fact start with this one which was one of his first. It’s called ‘Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting’ which follows Ed Orgeron during his tenure as the Ole Miss head coach. While published back in 2008, it still provides a great view into the hustle and bustle of recruiting at a Power 5 school and above all shows you that stars next to recruits names don’t mean a whole lot.

Feldman is one of the best college football insiders there is. He knows…


Captain Scott Kelly is a baller. You go to space multiple times and one those for nearly a year, you should get a Presidential Medal of Honor as far as I am concerned. Kelly’s book can be a bit mundane at times and that is a good thing. As an astronaut, the amount of focus you have to have on every single task no matter how mundane can be mentally exhausting. …


With what seems like everyone telling me about the documentary ‘The Social Dilemma’ (which I thought was so poorly done that I had to turn it off) combined with going back to school, I felt it was finally time to pick up Nicholas Carr’s ‘The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains’ and I was right, this isn’t new territory. Carr’s book is not some in depth narrative but more of a history of how we got here mentally. Here by the way is 2010 when the book was written but it certainly withstands the test of time.


In my opinion, Bob Iger’s book ‘The Ride of a Lifetime’ was done while he was considering running for president. You know, one those books about the candidate that is “in their own words” so they can try to lay out their narrative and beat the press to the punch. Well that is what Iger’s book feels like. I could be wrong but that is how it comes across. It’s super high level but does go into the major acquisitions that Iger and his team pulled off while he was CEO of Disney.

While Iger’s book is a good read…


S.C. Gwynne did a solid job in his latest book ‘The Perfect Pass’ in giving the reader a quick and easy football read. The book tries to strike a balance between being a biography of Hal Mumme and how the Air Raid “changed the game”. For me this balance led to a good read but left me feeling like I didn’t get the whole story.

The Air Raid offense isn’t some overly complex system that the West Coast offense can be at times. It’s glory lies in its simplicity and repetition. Because of this coaches around the country have been…

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