The Oppy Editors Share Their Top Reads for Summer 2018

BILL CUNNINGHAM: FASHION CLIMBING, BY BILL CUNNINGHAM

“I immediately pre-ordered this book. It’s a posthumous memoir by the New York Times street fashion photographer who was immortalized in the indecently charming documentary Bill Cunningham New York. True to form, he painstakingly prepared his memoir by typewriter, then hid it, to be found after his death. Bill (we’re apparently on a first name basis) was an incredible example of one who forged a career path to suit his passions where none had existed.”

— Jamie Quiroz, AVP Relations

 

 

 

 

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: UNCOMMON SENSE FOR THE THOUGHTFUL INVESTOR, BY HOWARD MARKS

“To steal a quote from a book critic,’It’s like combining Warren Buffet’s wisdom with Michael Lewis’s writing.’ Even if you’re not interested in finance this book provides thoughtful insight any business school student would appreciate.”

— Harrison Grubb, VP Advertising

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALEXANDER THE GREAT, BY PHILIP FREEMAN

“This book clearly recounts the exploits of Alexander the Great and does a great job of outlining the culture of the Macedonian and Persian empires, as well as the tensions Alexander faced as his empire grew to become multicultural. Fascinating read, and it gives some perspective on the multi-cultural tensions of today. A great follow up to it would be Ghost on the Throne by James Romm.

— Anthony Russ, AVP Relations

 

 

 

 

 

ENLIGHTENMENT NOW: THE CASE FOR REASON, SCIENCE, HUMANISM, AND PROGRESS, BY STEVEN PINKER

“The crux of the latest work by Steven Pinker, prolific author and professor of Psychology at Harvard, challenges the way the media portrays the world through a pessimistic lens. Stories on war, the accounts of the devastating effects of climate change and minute-by-minute coverage of markets teetering on the brink of collapse, he says, narrowly show the world from the glass half empty point of view. His new book is a win for optimists around the world and will leave you feeling empowered to enact positive change.”

— Megan Cipollini, VP/Managing Editor

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE, BY MICHAEL WOLFF

“Michael Wolff was given unprecedented access to the White House while writing Fire and Fury, and it shows. A must read for those who wish to understand our current political environment.”

— Erich Grant, VP Finance

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS: HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND?, BY THE MUNK DEBATES

“Shocking images of the drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi stunned the world three years ago. Yet, are we in a better world now? You bet we’re not. Oxfam counts that 30 people per minute on average are forced to flee their homes, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan. A semi-annual series run by the founder of Barrick Gold, the Munk Debates puts the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II into the perspective of former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and the UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage… and no punches are held back. The debate script explores our moral obligation to help refugees as well as a rampant policy of restraint that is being exercised by many of our political leaders today. Prepare to open your mind – and be appalled – in just 128 pages.”

— Su-Kyong Park, President/Editor-in-Chief

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