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 in 2019.

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.


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.


Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

On February 6th, 2018, Annie Duke's first book for general audiences, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, was released by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Random House. In this book, Annie reveals to readers the lessons she regularly shares with her corporate audiences, which have been cultivated by combining her academic studies in cognitive psychology with real-life decision making experiences at the poker table. | See more on Annie here.


Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life of Intelligence

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper’s latest undertaking, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, is a memoir that promises to “trace his career through the growing threat of cyber attacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election.” | See more on Dir. Clapper here


Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life

Daymond John takes an up close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields. Along the way, he also reveals how grit and persistence both helped him overcome the obstacles he has faced in life and ultimately fueled his success. | See more on Daymond here


Make Some Noise: The Unconventional Road to Dominance 

Ken Schmidt, one of our top-selling keynote speakers and the legendary former director of communications at Harley Davidson Motor Company, will be releasing a new book called, Make Some Noise: The Unconventional Road to Dominance, on November 6th, 2018. In Make Some Noise, Ken shares stories and insights on the road to building a fanatically vocal customer base, creating a passionately loyal corporate culture, and developing leaders who inspire and motivate, and explains the intricacies of breaking through complex and crowded markets using brand loyalty. | See more on Ken here


Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

Opinionated talk show host and columnist, Michael Smerconish, has been chronicling local, state, and national events for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 15 years. He has sounded off on topics as diverse as the hunt for Osama bin Laden and what the color of your Christmas lights says about you. In this collection of 100 of his most memorable columns, Smerconish reflects on American political life with his characteristic feistiness. A new Afterword for each column provides updates on both facts and feelings, indicating how the author has evolved over the years, moving from a reliable Republican voter to a political Independent. Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right covers the post-9/11 years, Barack Obama’s ascension, and the rise of Donald Trump. Smerconish describes meeting Ronald Reagan, having dinner with Fidel Castro, barbeque-ing with the band YES in his backyard, spending the same night with Pete Rose and Ted Nugent, drinking champagne from the Stanley Cup, and conducting Bill Cosby’s only pre-trial interview. He also writes about local Philadelphia culture, from Sid Mark to the Rizzo statue. | See more on Michael here


Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today

Mark Penn launched the follow-up to his hit book, called Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today. The book promises a look at “the true trends in our society today, uncovering what's really popular—which is not what we might think is popular. | See more on Mark here


The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies

General Michael Hayden’s new book called, The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies, looks at a world order that’s “teetering on the brink”—hitting on threats posed by Russia, China, and North Korea—and addresses additional issues we’re facing in Washington. He also shares the effective responses that he believes will help steer America’s organizations and businesses through this period of disruption. | See more on Michael here.


The Hellfire Club

Jake Tapper, the host of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper and State of the Union, has written a new novel, called The Hellfire Club. He describes it as “a thriller that takes place in 1954 Washington, DC.” The main characters? None other than President Eisenhower, the Kennedy brothers, McCarthy, Roy Cohn, Estes Kefauver, and Margaret Chase Smith. | See more on Jake here.


Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists

Fox News' Politics Editor, Chris Stirewalt, has written a book following the idea of American populism from its leaders, kooks, and cranks. With today's political environment, Every Man a King can help the American people retrace our steps past Ross Perot and Andrew Jackson to see how we wound up on our current condition. | See more on Chris here


Leaders: Myth and Reality

The best-selling author of the book, Team of Teams, dismantles the Great Man theory of leadership, by profiling leaders whose real stories defy their legends. Take a look at what leadership really means from the real life experiences of Walt Disney, Robert E. Lee, and Coco Chanel. | See more on Gen. McChrystal here


Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency

Get the inside scoop from CBS' Chief White House Correspondent, Major Garrett, on the presidency that has flipped the world on its head. | See more on Major Garrett here


Fear: Trump in the White House

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and legendary political reporter who broke the Watergate Scandal, Bob Woodward, recently released a new book, FEAR: Trump in the White House, detailing the "harrowing life" inside Donald Trump's White House. Bob Woodward focuses on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence. Fear: Trump in the White House is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office. Called “the most acute and penetrating portrait ever done of a sitting president,” the new book is Woodward’s 19th book written to date. Amazingly, 12 of his books have reached #1 on the best-sellers list. His past books include the iconic All the President's Men, which was made into the Academy Award-winning motion picture of the same name, as well as more recent works like 2012's The Price of Politics and 2008's The War Within: A Secret White House History. See more on Bob Woodward here


Bitcoin Pizza: The No Bullshit Guide to Blockchain

Samantha Radocchia is the co-founder of Chronicled, Inc., which leverages blockchain and IoT technologies to deliver smart supply chain solutions. In her new book, Bitcoin Pizza, she takes the complex issue of blockchain and breaks it down into several digestible and understandable pieces, exploring what our current global operating system is lacking, how blockchain fixes those gaps, how it works, and the opportunities it presents. Given her experience as the founder of a leading blockchain company, she predicts the ways blockchain will work alongside other emerging technologies—Additive Manufacturing, AI, machine learning, IoT, sensors, and more—to create more efficient, productive, and socially equitable societies. | See more on Samantha here.


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