A Source for Summer Reading Lists

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, our minds turn to the unofficial kick-off of summer. While the market heats up in many locations across the country, real estate pros may be too busy to consider what reading material to pack in their beach totes.

Credit: Refe 2015

Credit: Refe 2015

However, that doesn’t mean you won’t have time for a new book in your mental arsenal at some point this season. Below is a quick look at the business section of the most recent New York Times Best Sellers list for your consideration. I could see No. 1 being helpful for folks looking to hone in on the senior market. The second on the list is perfect for you international types looking to take advantage of the surge in interest in U.S. real estate from foreign investors. And there are certainly several meaty selections for brokers looking to redefine how they operate their businesses.

But how about you: See anything worth picking up?

  1. GET WHAT’S YOURS, by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solman. (Simon & Schuster.) A guide to deciding when to claim Social Security benefits and to getting all you’re eligible for
 when you do.
  2. DEALING WITH CHINA, by Henry M. Paulson Jr.. (Twelve.) The former Treasury secretary and onetime head of Goldman Sachs
 discusses how American business and political leaders can work 
with China.
  3. BECOMING STEVE JOBS, by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. (Crown Business.) How Jobs, who started out as a brash young genius, developed a more mature management style.
  4. MONEY: MASTER THE GAME, by Tony Robbins. (Simon & Schuster.) Seven steps aimed at finding financial security and creating an income for life.
  5. THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg. (Random House.) A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.
  6. WORK RULES!, by Laszlo Bock. (Twelve.) A Google executive’s insights on team building and improving company-employee relations.
  7. THINK LIKE A FREAK, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of “Freakonomics.”
  8. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life.
  9. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown.) Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.
  10. DO THE KIND THING, by Daniel Lubetzky. (Ballantine.) Ways of weaving compassion into your business dealings and personal

Meg White

Meg White is the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine's Weekly Book Scan blog. Contact her at mwhite[at]realtors.org.

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