How I stayed afloat in early 2020

For many people around the globe, 2020 is going to be a memorable year, too many events in a short period of time. It was so tempting to dive into the headlines of news or drink from the bottomless liquor of social media. These books kept me afloat in early 2020, although, I was reading them with goggles on.

American Soldier by Tommy Frank

In modern American history, Tommy Frank is playing a major rule. As the CENTCOM commander, he was the right person at the right place and at the right time. He has this unique opportunity to led U.S troops into two major wars, Afghanistan and Iraq where despite the eventual outcomes of those wars, Tommy Franks invented a new method of warfare that not only paralyzed the enemy but also astonished the domestic critics. He proved to be a fierce commander, who is able to delay his emotions until he can afford them.

This book is more about his experiences and life, with long chapters of his childhood, the Vietnam war, and eastern Europe tours. The book starts to pick up when he gets assigned as the CENTCOM commander.

I also read the James Mattis book (my blog link) less than a year ago and can see the different perspectives of these two CENTCOM commanders. During the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, James Mattis was on the ground (he is a Marine) aggressively fighting, and interestingly Tommy Franks only talk about the Marine mission in a couple of lines (the book is over 500 pages!). I liked the James Mattis book, because of its attention to details and laying out the methods of leadership on the ground (frontline), at the CENTCOM, and as the Secretary of Defense.

 

The Silent Patient

 

A real page-turner with ingredients of suspense and plot twist that glues you to the couch. The thriller genre is a “no-go” for me (and will not be), however, I couldn’t stop myself from reading this book. I think there is at least one character, event, or experience in this book that perfectly resonates with the reader, and this is what Alex Michaelides uses as a conduit to pour the rest of the story into the reader’s soul.

After finishing, this book spends a couple of days in the fridge. #JoeTribianni

 

Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development

Carol Dweck is a world-class scientist who knows her work the best. She lays out how drastically our mindset about intelligence can shape our life, career, relationship, and our worldview.

It is a must. Carole tried to be succinct as much as possible and the experiments are very interesting, however, at some part of the book you have to be textbook-focused to follow the paragraphs.

 

The Old Man and the Sea

Almost nine months ago, we were sitting at the porch of a nice cabin at Atlantic Beach, looking at the ocean. Captain Wolf, a seasoned, commercial ship captain with an affinity for Ocean; and a great friend of ours from Memphis was also with us. Of course, we engaged in a conversation about the ocean and he asked me if I read “The Old Man and the Sea”, I sheepishly replied no, but I watched the movie when I was young. A couple of months later, Captain Wolf gave me the book at our goodbye party at Memphis.

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