What Books Will You Be Reading This Summer, and What Lessons Are You Trying to Glean for the Banking Industry?
Braitman, Ellen, American Banker
Q What books will you be reading summer, and what lessons are you trying to glean for the banking industry?
Since so much of my everyday reading is work related, I like to break away into something different for leisure reading. It usually falls into two categories: easy, fast-paced fiction - such as mysteries and international intrigue - or writings related to history or historical events.
I'm currently reading "Longshot" by the English author Dick Francis and have read virtually everthing he's written. He's an easy, relaxing read, as are writers like Jack Higgins, Robert Ludlum, Sue Grafton, and John Grisham.
In the other category, I've recently finished "Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln" and "Battle Cry of Freedom" by James M. McPherson, both of which provide needed perspective for today's world. I've just purchased James Grant's new book, "Money of the Mind," which I'm told is not kind to bankers, but who is these days?
David W. Fox Chairman, president, and chief executive officer Northern Trust Co., Chicago
I'm reading a manuscript right now by Burt Nanus, "Visionary Leadership." Burt's one of the leading authorities on leadership and a friend of mine. It looks like a good book for improving management skills.
I have only cracked the cover of "Vendetta" [the new book on American Express by Bryan Burrough]. I'm reading it for obvious reasons.
I read mostly history and business-related books and am going to pick up Robert Elegant's "Pacific Destiny," which is an elaborate history of the Pacific Basin and speaks to a lot of the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic trends for that part of the world. It's excellent background, given the rapid growth of our business in the Pacific region.
Alex W. "Pete" Hart President MasterCard International, New York
I plan on reading a book sent to me by one of our major investors, Bob Bass. It's "The Customer-Driven Company," by Richard Whitley. …