Ed Barton, LLM, CPA, CFA

Leadership Books

Game Time Decision Making

The book, written by one of the premier sports agents in the country, is exceptionally well written. Insightful, with a good mix of stories and straight talk, any leader, manager, or coach will find the book a good read. The overlay of sports makes it a bit different and interesting than many other books of its type, but it isn’t so heavy that a non-sports enthusiast would find it irrelevant or difficult. The Quick Play Guide at the end of the book is a great summarizing touch and recaps the relevant lessons learned from each chapter—all in all, a good read and valuable addition to your leadership library.

Mulholland & The St. Francis Dam Failure: Anatomy of Catastrophe

The author’s military background and analysis approach add great color to this
often forgotten piece of history. The 7 steps to failure – including the omnipresent
human error and hubris are brought forth in a well written analysis of the Saint Francis dam failure. A good read from both a historical and a leadership perspective.

THE BEHAVIOR OF CROWDS: A PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY

Written nearly 100 years ago, the biggest takeaway is the issues facing our political environment and the polarization we experience is not new and inherent in crowds’ behaviors. If you are a politics, psychology,y or sociology student, you absolutely need to read this book.

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

It is amazing to think that the author was a stevedore on the San Francisco Waterfront. The book covers the key elements and approaches to mass movements and fanatical followings. The insights into the leadership characteristics, personalities, and twentieth-century movements of Fascism, Communism, Nazism, Indian independence, FDR and Churchill are all covered. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in politics – and explains a lot about the politics of AOC and Donald Trump and why they have followings. A must-read.

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