New York, U.S. (December 13, 2013) – David N. Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), responses to the annual Bloomberg News survey about “The Favorite Books of 2013”. With his viewpoint and reading, he shares his two favarite books of "Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War", and "The Book Thief".
Except David Farr, some famous people, including CEOs, investors, current and former policy makers, economists and academics name their favorite books of 2013, such as Warren Buffett, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, etc.
One of the recommendation from David Farr is "Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War" by Paul Kennedy: A truly fascinating read about the business people, soldiers, scientists and engineers who made everything work for the political and military leaders -- the real people who got things done to win the war, and the individuals you would never have known about who helped win the war. This is a very interesting read.
The other one is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak: A much easier and very enjoyable read as I flew back and forth from India. It's a young person's perspective of the enormous hell, the youth, and normal German families lived through during Hitler's time. About life in a small town outside of Munich and how she survived and helped people survive -- including an unexpected Jewish friend. It's a powerful and moving insight unlike any other World War II books I have read -- through the eyes of ``Death.'' It does make you think about untethered power.
The most popular selection also includes "The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White and the Making of a New World Order" by Benn Steil. Others included "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" by Brad Stone, and "The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire", etc.
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