Invent & Wander, The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, Harvard Business Review Press. This includes all of the annual letters Jeff Bezos sent each year to his shareholders. For anyone interested in the digital business this is a great look at the history of Amazon. For those interested in business, it’s an amazing history of one of the world’s greatest companies.
OPEN (2009) by Andre Agassi: – “one of the most passionately anti-sports books ever written by a superstar athlete,” according to the New York Times. Agassi said: “I knew in the book I had to expose everything.” So: the unceasing slog, from toddler to champ, that prevented him from loving tennis, or anything, until he met his second wife Steffi Graf. His failed first marriage to Brooke Shields, crystal meth: it’s all here. Props to Agassi and his quest for truth, and also his ghost writer, JR Moehringer, who got 250 hours of interview time with his subject instead of the typical 30. The book is raw, but compelling. Highly recommended.
THE MENTAL GAME OF BASEBALL (1989) by H.A. Dorfman, Karl Kuehl – without a doubt the classic guide to mental performance enhancement for baseball that has equal applicability to the mental game of hockey. It’s an easy read and a good sports book that is a bit of a distraction from hockey which isn’t a bad thing at this time. Authors H.A. Dorfman and Karl Kuehl present their practical and proven strategy for developing the mental skills needed to achieve peak performance at every level. The theory and applications are illustrated by anecdotes and insights from major and minor league players, who at some point discovered the importance of mastering the inner game in order to play baseball as it should be played. Intended for players, managers, coaches, agents, and administrators as well as fans who want a more in-depth look at the makeup of the complete baseball player