Make Your Bed

Book #12: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life …And Maybe the World, William McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired)

It is commencement season.  And on campuses nationwide, thousands of speeches are given to countless graduates seeking to impart pearls of wisdom for the new post-scholastic life to come.  On May 17, 2014 Admiral William McRaven addressed the graduating students at the University of Texas.  In his speech he drew 10 life lessons from his experience in SEAL training.  This book is based on that speech.  It is full lessons that will change your life… and maybe the world.  It is a short but excellent read.

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Red Platoon

41fd-gh6mzlBook #11: Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor, Clinton Romesha

Charged with dismantling a strategically indefensible outpost in Nuristan province in Afghanistan, the members of Black Knight Troop found themselves in a fight for their lives against 300 Taliban fighters.  Beginning in the early morning hours, the men in Command Outpost Keating found themselves surrounded, under attack and overrun by the enemy.  Over the ensuing dozen hours, the men of Black Knight Troop fought to regain control of their base and repel the Taliban.  In this memoir, Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha tells the story of the events of October 3, 2009.  It is a testament to the heroism of the 8 soldiers killed and a tribute to everybody on the ground and in the air that contributed to bringing the rest of the company home alive.  It is a moving book honoring the heroes that gave their lives in the service of their country.

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Dodge City

61h2bd0vaa3lBook #10: Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West, Tom Clavin

Wyatt Earp is perhaps one of the most storied and well known lawmen on the western frontier in the late 1800’s.  Cattle driving combined with the presence of the railroad made cities across the western frontier bustling towns full of crime, corruption and carousing.  And of all cities that needed taming, Dodge City, KS was perhaps the most notorious.  This town of cowboys, gamblers, drunks and prostitutes had a reputation for wild and loose living.  This is the story of how Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and a posse of other lawmen tamed the Wild West.

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The White Coat Investor

b00icxcuj6-01-lBook #9: White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide to Personal Finance and Investing, James M Dahle

I have spent in total 25 years of my life in school and in training for the job that I now do.  From kindergarten through high school, college through fellowship, I have spent countless hours learning and training.  Doctors when they graduate from residency or fellowship are well versed in human anatomy, physiology and the latest evidence based strategies for patient evaluation and treatment.  But in these 25 years of training, the one area that received the least amount of training was personal finance.  Excluding an hour long seminar in Medical School and courses in Macro and Microeconomics, all of my training in personal finance was handed down from my Dad or self sought.  Doctors (and most people in general) receive little formal training on the one aspect that will have the biggest impact on their personal lives, career and standard of living in retirement: money management.  Choices made over a career can be the difference between retiring in comfort or with very little.  While there are general principles of money management and investing that are universally applicable, there are aspects of financial planning for physicians that are unique to this cohort.  This book, written by an Emergency Physician, is a primer on investing geared specifically for doctors.  It is a must read for physicians especially those early in their career.

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Complications

b003l1zzfu-01-lBook #8: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Atul Gawande

Medicine is a unique profession.  It is equal parts art, science and technology.  Some patients practically read the textbooks and others simply defy the odds requiring careful sleuthing and continual study.  And for all the progress the last century has brought to the practice of medicine, there are still limits to what physicians can do.  Voltaire once said, “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the diseases.”  For all the pomp in the tradition of medicine, physicians are continually humbled by the intricacy and complexity of caring for the human body.  In this book, Atul Gawande shares his experience as a surgical resident and explores both the art and science of medicine.  It is a must read for both physicians and patients.

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The Case Against Obamacare

41sa1iavfmlBook #7: The Case Against Obamacare, Avik Roy

A lot of attention is being paid to Obamacare.  Some claim that it saved their lives.  Other say that it is itself in a death spiral.  Without doubt, Obamacare has been the largest, most comprehensive legislative package affecting the delivery of health care.  And the effects of Obamacare (for good or ill) will be felt by every patient and every doctor.  So why is Obamacare so criticized?  Why is it overall such a bad piece of legislation?  In this book Avik Roy explains the reasons why Obamacare is a policy disaster.  Bottom line, it comes down to, Incentives Matter.

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George Washington’s Secret Six

519xdcuumqlBook #6: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution, Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

Having suffered a significant and humiliating loss in New York to the British Army, General Washington found himself looking for ways to recapture the prize of the middle colonies.  But what he was lacking was intelligence of the British plans and intentions.  This book tells the story of a clandestine group of patriots who risked all for the sake of the fledgling United States.  It is a great example that wars are won not only by boots on the ground but through the the intelligence provided by men and women who hide in plain sight.  It is a fascinating read.

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Increase Your Financial IQ

b0175p7oem-01-lBook #5: Increase Your Financial IQ: Get Smarter with Your Money, Robert Kiyosaki

What is the key to generating wealth?  Your financial IQ.  Knowing how money works and how to make money work for you is important in the process of growing your financial household.  In this book, Robert Kiyosaki discusses the 5 principles of financial IQ: 1. Making money, 2. Protecting money, 3. Budgeting money, 4. Leveraging money, 5. Improving your financial information.  It is a good resource in your financial education.

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Open Season

b00452v3ve-01-lBook #4: Open Season, C. J. Box

After finding a local hunting outfitter dead on his woodpile, new game warden Joe Pickett becomes involved in what seems like a simple open and shut case of murder.  But something doesn’t seem right to Joe.  As he investigates further, he finds a deeply rooted conspiracy that nearly costs him his job and his family.  This is the first of the Joe Pickett novels written by C.J. Box, an author specializing in western, mystery thrillers.  C.J. Box has a compelling style of writing, weaving together a complex web of intrigue and conspiracy.  It is a definite page turner.

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Revolutionary Summer

b00a5mrg6e-01-lBook #3: Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence , Joseph J. Ellis

The summer of 1776 was perhaps the most important summer in American history.  In it, the colonies declared independence in the chambers of the Continental Congress and on the battlefield.  In this masterful recounting of our founding summer, Joseph Ellis interweaves the political and military events that established the United States as a new nation.  He describes the key characters and illuminates the interactions between Great Britain and the US colonies.  This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in early American History.

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