Here’s your chance to know what leaders at some of the most influential and successful companies will be reading this summer. Consulting firm McKinsey&Company has asked the leaders of prominent firms about titles they are looking forward to delving into.

1. General Sir Nick Carter, British Army 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the chief of the General Staff of the British Army is using the summer to meditate on war, and the ways in which knowledge produced in war can apply in different contexts. 

Churchill: The Power of Words—Martin Gilbert (Da Capo Press, 2012; nonfiction)

Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy—Colin S. Gray (Potomac Books, 2009; nonfiction)

Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Managers: 50 Strategic Rules Updated for Today’s Business—Gerald A. Michaelson and Steven W. Michaelson (Adams Media, 2010; nonfiction)

2. Gail Kelly, Westpac

Member of the Group of 30, and former CEO of Westpac Gail Kelly will be spending her summer months reading a memoir, a novel and historical non-fiction. 

Lab Girl—Hope Jahren (Vintage, February 2017; nonfiction)

Pachinko—Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing, February 2017; fiction)

3. Andrew Liveris, the Dow Chemical Company 

Dow Chemical Company chairman and CEO Liveris will take this time to get away from heavier reading and enjoy some of the most highly acclaimed novels of the past year.

The Sympathizer—Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, 2016; fiction)

The Quantum Spy—David Ignatius (W. W. Norton & Company, November 2017; fiction)

4. Francisco Pérez Mackenna, Quineñco

​This summer, Mackenna is learning more about the birth of behavioral economics, the psychology of white collar crime, and the restoration of American cities as locations of economic growth. 

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds—Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016; nonfiction)

Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal—Eugene Soltes (PublicAffairs, 2016; nonfiction)

Life After Life—Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books, 2013; fiction)

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology—Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden (Crown, 2014; nonfiction)

Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream —Stephen J. K. Walters (Stanford University Press, 2014, nonfiction)

5. David McKay, Royal Bank of Canada 

McKay will be reading some of the most popular books of the past year, including Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis—J. D. Vance (Harper, 2016; nonfiction)

Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines—Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby (Harper Business, 2016; nonfiction)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind—Yuval Noah Harari (Harper, 2015; nonfiction)

Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination—Adam Lashinsky (Portfolio, May 2017; nonfiction)

6. Satya Nadella, Microsoft 

Like so many others on this list, Nadella is using this season to learn more in a variety of subjects. By the looks of it, he is interested in, among other things, virtual reality, the refugee crisis, and housing for the urban poor. 

Leonardo da Vinci—Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, October 2017; nonfiction)

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality—Jaron Lanier (Henry Holt and Co., November 2017; nonfiction)

Exit West—Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books, March 2017; fiction)

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City—Matthew Desmond (Broadway Books, February 2017; nonfiction)

7. Maria Ramos, Barclays Africa 

Ramos will take the summer to examine some of the questions weighing more heavily on humankind as we contemplate our collective future: what happens when we can write our own genetic codes, and what happens when we create technology that is meaningfully more intelligent than us. 

The Gene: An Intimate History—Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner, 2016; nonfiction)

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies—Nick Bostrom (Oxford University Press, 2014; nonfiction)

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness—Arundhati Roy (Knopf, June 2017; fiction)

8. Fabio Schvartsman, Vale

Fabio Schvartsman is the CEO of the Brazilian multinational corporation Vale, which is in the business of mining and metals. He will be reading about some of the more remarkable figures in business and psychology this summer. 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind—Yuval Noah Harari (Harper, 2015; nonfiction)

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike—Phil Knight (Scribner, 2016; nonfiction)

Sigmund Freud en son temps et dans le nôtre—Élisabeth Roudinesco (Seuil, 2014; nonfiction)

9. Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP

Sorrell, CEO of the communications house/ad agency, WPP, has a rather eclectic mix this summer: 

Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency—James Andrew Miller (Custom House, 2016; nonfiction)

Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes—Richard Davenport-Hines (HarperCollins, 2015; nonfiction)

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future—Ashlee Vance (Ecco, 2015; nonfiction)

10. Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Company 

Barton is the global managing partner at McKinsey, and looks at the future of capitalism, as well as the ways that McKinsey can help businesses to create long-term social and economic value. Ever the forward thinker, this summer he is focusing on some of the big developments on humanity's horizon, including the ways in which technology will inform the trajectory of markets and human society more broadly, and major changes foreseen in the global economy.

Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond—Gideon Rachman (Other Press, April 2017; nonfiction)

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow—Yuval Noah Harari (Harper, February 2017; nonfiction)