Beach Books

Later this summer, I’ll take some time off to go to the beach with my family.  One of the main things my wife and I talk about in our preparation to leave for the shore is what books we’ll bring with us. Usually, I stick to classics, something I hope will inspire me for the rest of the year.

Last year, I read Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea.  This year, I’m going to try to make a good size dent in a much larger book, Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow. My goal is to learn more about one of the main men who helped create the country I know call home. The questions I have are the following:

  • How did he live?
  • What was his personality?
  • How did he treat others?
  • How he made decisions?
  • What did he want in life?
  • Did he achieve his goals?
  • How do you handle that amount of power and how do you give it up?

This Is the first biography I’ve read since the Steve Jobs biography that completed a few years ago. I have a list of biographies I’m hoping to complete by the end of the year about people like Hamilton, Edison, Charles Schultz, and Gandhi.