Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugand

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This his­tor­i­cal­ly accu­rate account of the final two weeks of the life of Abra­ham Lin­coln is com­pelling and riv­et­ing. It cov­ers the last week of the Civ­il war through Lincoln’s assas­si­na­tion and the cap­ture of John Wilkes Booth and his con­spir­a­tors. I read this book in 24 hours and just two sit­tings. My mom out­did her­self on this one that’s …

Animal Farm” by George Orwell

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This book is a clas­sic which was assigned while I was at Pri­o­ry about 30 years ago that either I nev­er thor­ough­ly read or have sim­ply for­got­ten. I saw it lay­ing in the hall­way of my unit in the book pile and fig­ured “no bet­ter time than the present” to (re-)read it. I am glad I did. Orwell was a …

Bo’s Lasting Lessons” by Bo Schembechler and John U. Bacon

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The all-time great foot­ball coach from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan shares numer­ous sto­ries and anec­dotes about his years before, dur­ing and after Michi­gan foot­ball. The book is intend­ed to share the lessons that Schem­bech­ler learned (and innate­ly knew) as a coach and pre­pares it in a way that lead­ers out­side of sport can use them in their per­son­al or busi­ness …

Principles and Applications of Ozone Therapy” by Frank Shallenberger, MD, HMD, ARAAM

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Every­thing you ever want­ed to know about Ozone Ther­a­py but didn’t know you need­ed to know about it. This book, writ­ten by my genius uncle and inter­na­tion­al leader of the Ozone Ther­a­py move­ment in med­i­cine, is writ­ten clear­ly so the aver­age per­son — maybe not the AVERAGE per­son — can under­stand why this proven treat­ment is so impor­tant and has …

Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson

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The ulti­mate biog­ra­phy of the recent­ly deceased founder of Apple Com­put­ers and the genius behind the Mac­in­tosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad. Per­haps nobody in the last 50 years has affect­ed tech­nol­o­gy more than Steve Jobs. His sto­ry is detailed from his adop­tion at birth through the end of his short life and every­thing in between. His gruff style and how …

Coming Back Stronger” by Drew Brees

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An auto­bi­og­ra­phy of the New Orleans Saints (now free agent) quar­ter­back who played at Pur­due after grow­ing up in Texas. His is a great sto­ry about work­ing through injury and adver­si­ty and keep­ing ground­ed. It is a very inspi­ra­tional book. I read it in one sit­ting between vis­its with Johan­na and the boys. MUST READ

The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2012” by Dave Studenmund (Editor)

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A detailed sum­ma­ry of the 2011 MLB sea­son team-by-team. If you love the game this is a great book to read. There is a web­site asso­ci­at­ed with the book with up-to-the-minute infor­ma­tion. Unfor­tu­nate­ly there is no inter­net here. It’s like­ly the Car­di­nals won’t repeat in 2012 under Mike Math­e­ny, but it will be inter­est­ing to see how the group responds …