INSA's Summer Reading List

INSA's Summer Reading List

INSA’s Summer Reading List

This summer's jam-packed calendar with so many wonderful guests joining us for virtual speaker series and panel programs has been a great way to keep busy and stay involved with the community. However, time away from the screen is valuable, too. Several of our guest speakers have shared that they like to spend their free time reading or listening to podcasts. Here are some of their suggestions:

Book Recommendations 

From Coffee & Conversation

Zachery Tyson-Brown
  • Earnest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary V. Dearborn
  • Montaigne: A Life by Philippe Desan
Janice Glover-Jones:
  • The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • The Inclusion Nudges Guidebook: Practical Techniques for Changing Behaviour, Culture and Systems to Mitigate Unconscious Bias and Create Inclusive Organisations by Lisa Kepinski and Tinna C. Nielsen
John Felker:
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair the Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Stanley A. McChrystal, Chris Fussell, Tantum Collins, and David Silverman
John Sherman
  • Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
  • Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II by James Holland
  • Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • His Father's Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr. by Tim Brady
  • Sons of Freedom: The Forgotten American Soldiers Who Defeated Germany in World War I by Geoffrey Wawro
  • Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II by Adam Makos
  • The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand by Matt Gutman
  • The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
  • Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
  • Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 by Max Hastings
Juliane Gallina
  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
  • Dear Captain, et al.: The Agonies and the Ecstasies of War and Memory, A memoir from World War II by Allan Wilford Howerton
  • Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy by Mark M. Lowenthal
  • The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
  • Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Wednesday Wisdom

Sue Gordon
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  • Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker


From The New IC: Empowering Women & Engaging Men 

  • Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success by Deborah Lee James (Deborah Lee James)
  • Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career by Sylvia Ann Hewlett (Natalie Zylstra)
  • Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives our Success by Adam Grant (Col. Candice Frost)
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by James C. Collins (Trey Treadwell)
  • Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig (Sue Kalweit)
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (Sue Kalweit)
  • Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott (Col. Candice Frost)
  • Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan (The Hon. Sue Gordon)
  • The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth by Amy Edmondson (Greg Myers)
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (Jill Bruning)

It's all about people in an organization...I am trying to shift the culture of the organization that I'm leading right now...I really care about the collaboration, the engagement, the willingness to work across the organization and community. If I can find those right people, we're going to do great things.

Trey Treadwell on what he learned from 'Good to Great'


  • 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter from the BBC World Service (Lina Abisoghomyan)
  • Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford (Cameron Ward-Hunt)
  • How I Built This with Guy Raz (Susan Oakley)
  • The Cloudcast with Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely (Juliane Gallina)
  • The History of World War II Podcast with Ray Harris, Jr. (Juliane Gallina)
  • Videos from Captain David Marquet (John Felker)

Caroline Henry


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