New Must-Read Books From LAI Speakers
Looking for some books to add to your must-read list? Leading Authorities keynote speakers are the authors of some of the most talked about titles this year.
Whether you’re in the mood for a gripping novel, self-help book, or poignant piece of non-fiction, there’s sure to be a new or upcoming release for everyone. The following books are currently in the news headlines, at the top of the charts, and on our book shelves this year. We hope this list will help you curl up with the latest page-turner or make note of a highly-anticipated book’s release date. Below, you’ll find some familiar names as well as promising first-time authors.
LAI SPEAKERS WITH NEW BOOKS
- Chief Carmen Best: Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation
- Ronald Brownstein: Rock Me on the Water: 1974-The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics
- Colin Bryar & Bill Carr: Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
- Kate Darling: The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots
- Reggie Fils-Aimé: Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo
- Poppy Jamie: Happy Not Perfect: Upgrade Your Mind, Challenge Your Thoughts, and Free Yourself from Anxiety
- Stanley McChrystal: Risk: A User's Guide
- Dakota Meyer: The Way Forward: Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy
- Hakeem Oluseyi: A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars
- Kate O'Neill: A Future So Bright: How Strategic Optimism Can Restore Our Humanity and Save the World
- Dana Perino: Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman)
- Larry Sabato: A Return to Normalcy? The 2020 Election That (Almost) Broke America
- Jake Tapper: The Devil May Dance: A Novel (Charlie and Margaret Marder Mystery, 2)
- Ram Charan: Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age
- Chris Gardner: Permission to Dream
- Lindsey Pollak: Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work
- Bob Woodward & Robert Costa: Peril
Keep reading to learn more about each of these new and soon-to-be released books written by LAI speakers below and click on the links below to check out their individual speaker profile pages for even more information on their speaking topics and watch their speaking video footage from recent keynote talks to get a preview of their speaking style.
Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation
Chief Carmen Best's new book, Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation, shares the lessons she learned being the first Black woman to be appointed Chief of Police in Seattle, Washington. During her time with the police force, Chief Best fostered record-breaking women and diversity hiring and recruiting at the Seattle Police Department. | See more on Chief Best here.
Rock Me on the Water: 1974-The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics
Ronald Brownstein's newest book explores the extraordinary cultural influence that derived from Los Angeles in the year of 1974. Exploring topics such as movies, music, television, politics, and everything in between, Brownstein sets the stage for how events unfolded the way that they did and explains how we got to where we are today. | See more on Ronald here.
Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
Colin Bryar and Bill Carr reveal and decode the practices that drive the success of one of the most extraordinary companies the world has ever known. They offer unprecedented access inside the room as Amazon’s approach to leadership, culture, and best practices were developed, refined, and scaled – providing key analysis and practical steps for applying it at your own organization. Their full insights can be read in their latest book, Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon, where they describe twenty-seven years of Amazon experience between them. A blend of a practical guidebook and a corporate narrative, Bryar and Carr illuminate how Amazon’s fourteen leadership principles inform decision-making at all levels and reveal how the company’s culture has been defined by four defining characteristics. | See more on Colin and Bill here.
The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots
Leading expert in social robotics and MIT media lab research specialist, Kate Darling's latest book explores what our future with robots will look like. Turning away from the typically-thought notion that robots will soon replace us, Darling suggests that rob. | See more on Kate here.
Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo
An award-winning innovator and disruptor, Reggie Fils-Aimé shares leadership lessons and inspiring stories of making it to the top of Nintendo. Mastering life-long lessons, the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo shares how anyone can leverage these lessons and make it in the world. | See more on Reggie here.
Happy Not Perfect: Upgrade Your Mind, Challenge Your Thoughts, and Free Yourself from Anxiety
Mental health advocate, Poppy Jamie, released a new book, Happy Not Perfect, as a guide to help those struggling with perfectionism and life purpose. Many people are experiencing burn out due to our culture which encourages a constant hustle and discourages work/life balance (even though they say they do promote). This book is meant for people looking to make a lifestyle change and live a more stress-free and anxiety-free life. | See more on Poppy here.
Risk: A User's Guide
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan, Stan McChrystal, will release his latest book, Risk: A User's Guide, on October 5th. The book helps not only guide individuals through the unknown territory of risk, but also develop an eye for identifying potential situations that may hold risk. See more on Stan McChrystal here.
The Way Forward: Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy
Dakota Meyer co-authored The Way Forward: Master Life’s Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy – an in-depth, fearless, and ultimately redemptive account of what it takes to survive and thrive on battlefields from Afghanistan and Iraq to our daily lives, and how the perils of war help us hold onto our humanity. | See more on Dakota here.
A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars
In his memoir, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars, astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi shares how he emerged from an impoverished childhood to become one of the top researchers in physics. | See more on Hakeem here.
A Future So Bright: How Strategic Optimism Can Restore Our Humanity and Save the World
In her book, A Future So Bright: How Strategic Optimism Can Restore Our Humanity and Save the World, Kate O'Neill explains how we have been underselling the future. Many believe that it will be dystopia or utopia, however it will simply be what we want it to look like. The future is our hands and the things that we do now will determine how we live and do things in the future. | See more on Kate O'Neill here.
Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman)
After her years in the White House, Dana Perino went from speaking on behalf of the nation to speaking for herself. Perino’s newest book is Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman), a no-nonsense how-to guide to life for young women looking to reframe their thinking, to believe in themselves, to take risks, to understand their power, and to feel better overall through finding serenity and taking action. | See more on Dana here.
A Return to Normalcy? The 2020 Election That (Almost) Broke America
Up close, Inauguration Day 2021 looked like any other—the chief justice of the US Supreme Court administering the oath of office to the new president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. But pull the lens back and this was anything but a typical election and transition of power. In A Return to Normalcy?, Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and J. Miles Coleman bring together respected journalists, analysts, and scholars to examine every facet of the stunning 2020 election and its aftermath, and how these events will impact American politics moving forward. In frank, accessible prose, each author offers insight that goes beyond the headlines and dives into the underlying forces and shifts that drove the election from its earliest developments to its chaotic conclusion. A Return to Normalcy? is an indispensable read for political junkies and all students of American politics. | See more on Larry here.
The Devil May Dance: A Novel (Charlie and Margaret Marder Mystery, 2)
A gripping and riveting page turner, Jake Tapper's The Devil May Dance: A Novel (Charlie and Margaret Marder Mystery, 2) is his second novel, a sequel to The Hellfire Club. This1960s Hollywood thriller follows two political stars as they are thrown into the mix of an investigation with Frank Sinatra being at the center. | See more on Jake here.
Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age
Ram Charan explores how the traditional ways of doing business just don't cut it anymore in today's day and age. As an expert on business strategy and advisor to globalized business leaders, Ram Charan lays out new ways to conquer competitive advantage backed by stories of the successes and failures of tech giants and old-school corporations. | See more on Ram here.
Permission to Dream
In the spirit of The Last Lecture, The Secret, and The Alchemist, this small book presents BIG ideas for turning your “one day” into today, including the generational transfer of a dream and a powerful blueprint for a masterpiece life—from the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and major motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness. A true fable, Permission to Dream is a timeless and timely manifesto for turning dreams into action—beginning right now. | See more on Chris here.
Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work
Multigenerational workplace expert and NYT best-selling author Lindsey Pollak’s book Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work provides an inspirational, practical, and forward-looking career playbook for recent grads, career changers, and transitioning professionals looking to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving workplace. Like your personal GPS, Pollak equips you to handle workplace obstacles, helping you see them as challenges to navigate rather than impossible roadblocks. | See more on Lindsey here.
BOB WOODWARD & ROBERT COSTA
Associate Editor of The Washington Post, Bob Woodward, and National Political Reporter for The Washington Post, Robert Costa, have teamed up to publish Peril, highlighting the transition from President Trump to President Biden. Having interviewed over 200 people, Woodward and Costa give readers an inside look at what they call the "one of the most dangerous periods in American history." | See more on Woodward here.
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