Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

b00fuzqybo-01-lBook #8: Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Ed Catmull

Pixar has become known as a very successful and creative producer of computer animated, feature length movies and shorts.  But from its creation, Pixar’s success was far from guaranteed.  Inspired by early Disney animations, Pixar founder Ed Catmull sought to create a means of using computers to create animation.  This is the story Pixar.  It is the story of a group of computer guys who started a company, developed a technology and created a company who’s goal is to foster creativity.

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And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side

b00kaexm2y-01-lBook #30: And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, Dana Perino

From ranch girl in Wyoming to Bush 43 Press Secretary to co-host of The Five, Dana Perino has had a varied and storied career in politics and journalism.  In this book she tells her story and the lessons picked up along the way.  It is an fascinating telling of the classic American story of humble beginning to important public figure.  But the point of this book would be lost if it is viewed merely as a memoire.  Dana shares solid advice for anyone seeing to become a better person and advance in their career.

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No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL

b00g3l7ynq-01-lBook #7: No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL, Mark Owen

In this book, Mark Owen provides an intimate account of his time working with the Navy SEALs and the lessons learned along the way.  He weaves the experience he gained in BUD/S and on deployment with life lessons that undergird the skills.  It is a fascinating read on topics such as fear, stress, trust, relationships, and accountability.

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Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

b00inixg6g-01-lBook #4: Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, Leon Panetta

From unlikely roots to defending the greatest nation on earth, this is the political memoire of a career in Washington. Mr. Panetta served in Washington as a member of congress, in the Clinton administration, the director of the CIA and most recently as the secretary of defense. It is inspiring to read about the son on an Italian immigrant and his service in this country. However the overall feel of the book is strikes a political tone as it seems that he used a list of republican criticisms of President Clinton and President Obama as the outline for his narrative.

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Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!

b0047y16fi-01-lBook #22: Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! Andrew Breitbart

From party boy at Tulane University to journalistic powerhouse, Andrew Breitbart describes his journey from careless ignorance to purposeful passion.   He is outraged at the blatant bias in the traditional media and discovers new media as a method of combatting this careless disregard of objectivity.  It is a must read for anyone concerned about the way traditional media moves and shapes politics.

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Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

b00f8f3j2s-01-lBook #17: Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates

Compelled by a sense of duty for his country, Bob Gates accepts the call of George W. Bush to become secretary of defense.  This book is a memoir of his time in office and explores the joys of serving the military in contrast to the frustrations of buricratic and legislative gridlock that would seek to prevent the military from being successful at war.  It is a great read if you are interested in learning more about the latter half of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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