The 18th annual JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) summer reading list was released on June 9, 2017. Giving readers access to a diverse range of topics on the minds of entrepreneurs and business leaders, the list features the 11 most compelling titles, chosen from hundreds of submissions by JPMorgan client advisors. The list has been narrowed down based on the attributes of quality, author credentials, timeliness, innovation and global appeal. Traditionally the list includes 10 books, but for the first time this year it features an additional spot for a children's book. 

"Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction" 

In this digital age, fame, fortune, and popular appeal can seem accessible to anyone, randomly. Derek Thompson argues the opposite: Hits are not a product of chance. They are, instead, constructed mechanistically and almost scientifically, such that they feel both comfortably familiar and refreshingly new. Surveying popular culture, Thompson seeks to understand the ways in which "the science of popularity" shifts culture and, in turn, our lives. 

"One Buck At a Time: An Insider's Account of How Dollar Tree Remade American Retail" 

From its modest beginnings as a five and dime in Norfolk, Virginia, Dollar Tree has grown into an economic force, steadily ascending the Fortune 500, currently sitting at 136. Here, Dollar Tree co-founder Macon Brock chronicles this rise. With the help of the writer Earl Swift, Brock outlines the challenges of scaling a enterprise with such a unique ethos and business model. One Buck at a Time is an unlikely success story, that takes us through the history of budget retail, and offers a model for success.

"Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas"

Our best ideas are not usually new. Or so argues Steven Poole. He demonstrates, through a series of examples spanning from economics to science to politics, that innovation is often the product of rediscovery of ideas historically dismissed, not of a flash of insight or inspiration. Poole argues that in order to better understand the world, and to be prepared to change it, we would do well to rethink ideas that have been thrown by the wayside. 

"A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order" 

In this book, American diplomat and president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass surveys the modern international political climate, and catalogs the ways in which America has made things worse, in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Haass argues that the policies and institutions implemented post WWII are no longer as useful as they once were. He offers an alternative, too; a different global system of operation. In doing so, he has suggestions, for how the United States should conduct itself, diplomatically and domestically. 

"Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy"

Following her husband's heart attack and sudden death in 2015, Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg and her two children mourned for their loss. It was unclear to her whether they would fully recover from this consuming grief. In leaning on family and friends, as well as the renowned psychologist and and best-selling author Adam Grant, Sandberg found that resilience, recovery and joy were possible. In this book, Sandberg and Grant give us the steps to work through on our way to overcoming adversity and eventually thriving.

"The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative"

Fascinated by the renewal that so many great thinkers have found in nature throughout history, neuroscientist Florence Williams set out to understand the science behind nature's impact on the brain. Williams takes us through first hand accounts, cutting edge research and different nature-centered treatments for psychological disorders to demonstrate that contact with nature is hugely important for our cognition and mental health. 

"Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet" 

In Climate of Hope, self-made billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Sierra Club head Carl Pope paint an optimistic portrait of the progress that can be made regarding climate change in the coming years, in spite of the 2016 election. Though not speaking in unison, Bloomberg and Pope agree that the benefits to addressing climate change with action would be immense. They outline scenarios and solutions that would embolden cities, businesses and citizens to take action. In the process, they aim to reorient our understandings of climate change, and how we deal with it, so that we can think about solutions as coming not from the top down, but from the bottom up, and not as costs but as benefits. 

"Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf" 

Madame President follows the life of the leader of the Liberian women's movement, winner of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, and first democratically elected female president in African history, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Chronicling her life, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Helene Cooper takes us through Sirleaf's life, from mother to banking executive to political icon, to post-war president, to Nobel laureate, all the while weaving Sirleaf's personal narrative in with the rise of Liberian women. It's a shocking and harrowing story that leaves us inspired and determined. 

"Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life"

Part biography, part cookbook, Unforgettable follows the life and cooking of culinary legend Paula Wolfert. When Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2013, Mediterranean cooking served as a tether to reality, and to her most cherished memories of discovering a culture and cuisine she then popularized. Unforgettable features 50 of Wolfert's most famous dishes, and explores the ways that food can help us to remember. 

"National Geographic: The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals" 

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has a simple but ambitious goal: create studio portraits of 12,000 species, with an emphasis on endangered species. His motivation is clear: if we know these animals, we may be more inclined to save them. Featuring writing from the wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick and a foreword from Harrison Ford, the book forwards a stimulating argument for saving all species on the planet. 

"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" 

The 11th book this year is a children's book, featuring 2-3 page bios of 50 of the most important women in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). "Including Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World offers a great opportunity to explore important conversations about science, history, and the impact women have had. It's inspiring and informative - for all ages," said Darin Oduyoye, Chief Communications Officer for JP Morgan, Asset and Wealth Management. 

 

 

 

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