Best bets for business biography summer beach reads

Vancouver Public Library recommendations for compelling business leader biographies

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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards

From organizing unions at a young age to her years as the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards explores the experiences that shaped her present-day achievements – especially her parents’ influence on challenging the status quo as the secret to success. Make Trouble is a fun and informative autobiography.

Personal History by Katharine Graham

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Personal History is the autobiography of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. Both a captivating life story of an extraordinary woman and an instructive business history, Personal History is the perfect page-turner for resting at the beach.

Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy by Russell Gold

Superpower chronicles the efforts of renewable energy pioneer Michael Skelly to build America’s second-largest wind power company, revealing how his career has mirrored foundational changes in national energy.

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson

Written by Vanity Fair editor Michael Shnayerson, Boom explores the explosive growth of the market for modern art and how it has generated the largest unregulated financial market in the world, through interviews with renowned art dealers who have worked with the greatest artists of our time.

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow (ebook)

An oldie but a goody, Rockefeller epitomizes the American Dream. From rustic origins to the country’s first billionaire, his story will inspire any entrepreneur. If you are in the mood for a rags-to-riches story, start with Titan.

The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose by Chris Wilson

As a young man he went to jail for murder. Today, Chris Wilson owns a successful commercial contracting business in Baltimore. In The Master Plan, Wilson recounts his remarkable journey revealing the strength and value of redemption, self-realization, hard work and, most importantly, second chances.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is the true story of a young woman in Kabul, Afghanistan, who created a thriving dressmaker business to support her family during the repressive Taliban regime. Kamila Sidiqi’s life is not just inspiring for business entrepreneurs; she reminds us that even under the most adverse conditions we do not have to be victims.