November / December 2003  Volume 29, Issue 8
ABA Law Pracice Management Magazine, November/December 2003 Issue
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Gift Giving? Book It with Recommendations from LPM Section Leaders

Mark Robertson, Section Chair-Elect, recommends:

  • My Father Had a Daughter: Judith Shakespeare's Tale by Grace Tiffany. Berkley, 2003. “A wonderful book for those who enjoy Shakespeare and want to learn more about the man and his family. This is a fictionalized memoir by Shakespeare's youngest daughter that weaves what little historical facts are available on his family into an entertaining tale of Elizabethan times.”
  • Clients for Life: How Great Professionals Develop Breakthrough Relationships by Jagdish Sheth and Andrew Sobel. Simon & Schuster, 2000. “This book is a must-read for every lawyer. The book presents a step-by-step framework to follow to develop breakthrough relationships that will last.”

Carl Roberts, Section Vice-Chair, recommends:

  • Wanderings by Chaim Potok. Fawcett Books, reissued 1990. “This is a brisk walk through 5,000 years of history in under 500 pages. While the focus may be on the Jews, the insights will prove valuable to anyone seeking a perspective on Western civilization, the development of religions, the economic forces that drive history, man's inhumanity to man and what can keep a culture alive.”
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone. New American Library, reissued 1996. “One of the finest books I have ever read. Michelangelo lived during a tumultuous and momentous period in the formation of European governments and the Catholic Church. Popes and wealthy families were his sponsors and his obstacles. Stone captures the economic, political, social, philosophical and artistic forces that swept across Europe and portrays them unforgettably in vividly personal terms.”
  • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose. Simon & Schuster,1997. “A biography of Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Extremely well-crafted. I was impressed by Ambrose's ability to capture a physical scene in text.”

Tom Grella, Section Secretary, recommends:

  • Clausewitz on Strategy: Inspiration and Insight from a Master Strategist edited by Tiha von Ghyczy, Christopher Bassford and Bolko von Oetinger. John Wiley & Sons, 2001. “Compiled by The Strategy Institute of the Boston Consulting Group, this volume has helped me lead my law firm through the strategic planning process. The book applies the war strategy of a 19th-century Prussian war general to 21st-century business planning and competitive strategy. It reviews how Clausewitz viewed tactics, offensive and defensive strategy, the dynamics of strategy, leadership and commanding. The purpose of the publication is to prepare leaders by giving fundamental insights into the nature and characteristics of strategic interaction. Very helpful to lawyers with management responsibilities.”

Larry Smith, LPM Section Director, recommends:

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Harcourt, 2002. “A fantastic metaphorical story of a young Indian boy who, on a trans-Pacific voyage, finds himself stranded on a life raft with a Bengal tiger as his only companion. Let your imagination, like Pi's, run wild.”
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Little Brown, 2002. “The sweet story of those who are left behind by a young girl who was brutally murdered, told from her own afterlife perspective. Despite the grim start, this novel is thought-provoking and uplifting, and you'll smile as you read it.”
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. W.W. Norton & Co., 2003. “Lewis, the author of Liar's Poker, chronicles the development and success of general manager Billy Beane and the 2002 Oakland Athletics, who built a consistent winner despite having one of the lowest budgets in major league baseball. Perfect for baseball fans, especially those whose teams sat at home in October.”