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In April 2012, MSU President Waded Cruzado called for the creation of a collective summer reading list*. Check out the suggestions from all four MSU campuses. *This effort follows reading lists created in 2010 and 2011.
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Recommended Reading (arranged in alphabetical order by title)

This is a complete list of President Cruzado's suggestions (and, being added daily - MSU campus employees and students and friends of MSU ideas) for summer reading for 2012. The MSU Library provides this list for your information. Click on any title to see a library record and location, when available. 

 

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A Heart for Freedom - Chai Ling
Call Number: Not held in any MSU Library
ISBN: 9781414362465
Publication Date: 2011-10-04
The dramatic and fascinating story of Chai Ling, commander-in-chief of the student protesters at Tiananmen Square and witness to the massacre of thousands of Chinese civilians. Risking imprisonment and possible death for her leadership role in the student democracy movement, she was on the run in China for ten months while being hunted by the authorities. She eventually escaped to the U.S., completed her education at Princeton and Harvard, found true love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur. But her desperate quest for freedom, purpose, and peace—which she had sought in turn through academic achievement, romantic love, political activism, and career success—was never satisfied until she had an unexpected encounter with a formerly forbidden faith. Her newfound passion for God led to her life’s greatest mission: Fighting for the lives and rights of young girls in China.

--Recommended by Alice Burchak, MSU Extension Agent-Toole County

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Another Man's War - Sam Childers
Call Number: Not held in any MSU Library
ISBN: 9781595551627
Publication Date: 2009-03-17
Read along with Child, Victim, Soldier, these books are about people helping the children in Uganda and the Sudan who’ve been captured and used as soldiers.

--Recommended by Kathy Holzer, Administrative Assistant, Montana State University Extension, Judith Basin County

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The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
Call Number: Bozeman: PS3569.T3655A88 2009
ISBN: 9780061537967
Publication Date: 2009-06-09
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.

--Recommended by Michelle Gollehon, Library Technician, Montana State University

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Band of Sisters - Kirsten Holmstedt
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780811735667
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Band of Sisters presents a dozen groundbreaking and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in combat in Iraq, such as the U.S.s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the militarys first black female pilot in combat, a young turret gunner defending convoys, and a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own.

--Recommended by Kathy Holzer, Administrative Assistant, Montana State University Extension, Judith Basin County

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Blind Your Ponies - Stanley Gordon West
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls: PS3573.E8255B58 2001
ISBN: 0965624781
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
Hope is hard to come by in the hard-luck town of Willow Creek. Sam Pickett and five young men are about to change that. Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He's come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. There's a spirit that endures in Willow Cree, Montana. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place--or a reason for staying.

As the coach of the hapless high school basketball team (zero wins, ninety-three losses), Sam can't help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people--including his own young players--bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.

--Recommended by Trish, Bozeman

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Change Anything - Kerry Patterson; Joseph Grenny; David Maxfield; Ron McMillan; Al Switzler
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780446573900
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
I just attended a conference and heard one of the authors of “Change Anything; new science of personal success” speak. It is a fascinating look at how willpower, or lack thereof, is not the reason we fail to succeed at anything from weight loss to saving money. There are so many outside forces at work we are usually unaware of that sabotage our plans; by becoming aware of these influencers and harnessing them to our advantage, we can become successful at changing anything.

--Recommended by Janet Trethewey , Professor, Education, Montana State University, Northern

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Child, Victim, Soldier - Donald H. Dunson
Call Number: Not held in any MSU Library
ISBN: 9781570757990
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Read along with Another Man's War, these books are about people helping the children in Uganda and the Sudan who’ve been captured and used as soldiers.

--Recommended by Kathy Holzer, Administrative Assistant, Montana State University Extension, Judith Basin County

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Common Purpose - Joel Kurtzman; Marshall Goldsmith (Foreword by)
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780470490099
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
From one of the most respected names in business and leadership, a rare look at the specifics of how great leaders achieve "common purpose" and success within their organizations.

What is common purpose? It is that rare, almost-palpable experience that happens when a leader coalesces a group, team or community into a creative, dynamic, brave and nearly invincible we. It happens the moment the organization's values, tools, objectives and hopes are internalized in a way that enables people to work tirelessly toward a goal. Common purpose is rarely achieved. But Kurtzman has observed that when a leader is able to bring it about, the results are outsized, measurable and inspiring.

--Recommended by Doug Steele, Vice President for External Relations, Montana State University, Bozeman

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David Copperfield - Charles Dickens; Michael Slater (Introduction by); Phiz (Illustrator)
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PR4558.A1
ISBN: 0679405712
Publication Date: 1991-11-26
This year marks the 200th anniversary of this extraordinary novelist's birth. For anyone who has been mesmerized by A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist (and why not? A Christmas Carol), this book will prove an outstanding opportunity to appreciate how the narrative voice evolves with the passage of time.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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The Dogs of War 1861 - Emory M. Thomas
Call Number: Billings, Northern: E471.T56 2011
ISBN: 9780195174700
Publication Date: 2011-05-06
In 1861, Americans thought that the war looming on their horizon would be brief. None foresaw that they were embarking on our nation's worst calamity, a four-year bloodbath that cost the lives of more than half a million people. But as eminent Civil War historian Emory Thomas points out in this stimulating and provocative book, once the dogs of war are unleashed, it is almost impossible to rein them in. In The Dogs of War, Thomas highlights the delusions that dominated each side's thinking.

--Recommended by Kathy Holzer, Administrative Assistant, Montana State University Extension, Judith Basin County

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Eisenhower in War and Peace - Jean Edward Smith
Call Number: Bozeman (on order, coming soon!)
ISBN: 9781400066933
Publication Date: 2012-02-21
Here is Eisenhower the young dreamer, charting a course from Abilene, Kansas, to West Point, to Paris under Pershing, and beyond. Drawing on a wealth of untapped primary sources, Smith provides new insight into Ike’s maddening apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur in Washington and the Philippines. Then the whole panorama of World War II unfolds, with Eisenhower’s superlative generalship forging the Allied path to victory through multiple reversals of fortune in North Africa and Italy, culminating in the triumphant invasion of Normandy. Smith also gives us an intriguing examination of Ike’s finances, details his wartime affair with Kay Summersby, and reveals the inside story of the 1952 Republican convention that catapulted him to the White House.

--Recommended by Allen Yarnell, Vice President, Student Success, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Extraordinary, Ordinary People - Condoleezza Rice
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings: E840.8.R48A3 2010
ISBN: 9780307888471
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
Last year, the former Secretary of State published her two-volume memoir. The first part deals with her upbringing in Alabama, her years at Stanford University, as well as her initiation in politics. This is MSU’s 2012 Freshman Book, and we are proud that Condoleezza Rice will be our featured keynote speaker for Freshman Convocation. Rice will join us in Bozeman on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Please join us!

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Fool Me Twice - Shawn Lawrence Otto
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: Q172.O88
ISBN: 9781605292175
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
Shawn Lawrence Otto has written a behind-the-scenes look at how the government, our politics, and the media prevent us from finding the real solutions we need. Fool Me Twice is the clever, outraged, and frightening account of America’s relationship with science—a relationship that is on the rocks at the very time we need it most

--Recommended by Craig Stewart, Professor, Department of Health & Human Development, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The 4 Disciplines of Execution - Sean Covey; Chris McChesney; Jim Huling
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9781451627053
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
Recently published and the book jacket says it "is a simple, repeatable and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind

--Recommended by Tom McCoy, Vice President, Research, Creativity, and Tech Transfer, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls: RC265.6.L24 S55 2010
ISBN: 9781400052189
Publication Date: 2011-03-08
This is a biography of the HeLa cell line used all over the world in biomedical research, and an important book for anyone interested in the health field, cellular biology, medical research, oncology or African American history. A confluence of fascinating research into the very intimate lives at the crossroad, or in the crosshairs, of modern medicine. Grim and funny and enraging, uplifting and humbling, enlightening and fascinating, sweeping and intimate – it’s a real page-turner.

--Recommended by Meghan Hanning, student, Montana State University, Great Falls and Phyllis Bock, ASMSU Attorney, Montana State University, Bozeman

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In the Sanctuary of Outcasts - Neil White
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 9780061351631
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved—nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothing. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community—but his bank account couldn’t keep up. Soon Neil began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to eighteen months in federal prison.
But it was no ordinary prison. The isolated, beautiful colony in Carville, Louisiana was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy. Hidden away for decades, this small circle of outcasts forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. It is here, in a place rich with history, where the Mississippi River briefly runs north, amidst an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, that Neil’s strange and compelling journey begins. He finds a new best friend in Ella Bounds, an eighty-year-old, African-American, double-amputee who had contracted leprosy as a child. She and the other secret people, along with a wacky troop of inmates, help Neil re-discover the value of simplicity, friendship and gratitude. Funny and poignant, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is an uplifting memoir that reminds us all what matters most.

--Recommended by Lu Barman, Accounting Associate II, Montana State University Billings College of Technology

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The Influentials - Edward B. Keller; Jonathan L. Berry; Edward Keller; Jonathan Berry
Call Number: Bozeman: HN65.K43 2003
ISBN: 0743227298
Publication Date: 2003-01-07
Who are they? The most influential Americans -- the ones who tell their neighbors what to buy, which politicians to support, and where to vacation -- are not necessarily the people you'd expect. They're not America's most affluent 10 percent or best-educated 10 percent. They're not the "early adopters," always the first to try everything from Franco-Polynesian fusion cooking to digital cameras. They are, however, the 10 percent of Americans most engaged in their local communities...and they wield a huge amount of influence within those communities. They're the campaigners for open-space initiatives. They're church vestrymen and friends of the local public library. They're the Influentials...and whether or not they are familiar to you, they're very well known to the researchers at RoperASW. For decades, these researchers have been on a quest for marketing's holy grail: that elusive but supremely powerful channel known as word of mouth. What they've learned is that even more important than the "word" -- what is said -- is the "mouth" -- who says it.

--Recommended by Tom Calcagni, Executive Director of University Communications, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Innovative University - J. Peter Burkholder; Palisca; Donald Grout; Clayton M. Christensen; Henry J. Eyring
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls: LA227.4.C525
ISBN: 9781118063484
Publication Date: 2011-07-26
Expanding on Christensen’s seminal concepts of “disruptive innovation,” the authors explore some of the most pressing challenges faced by institutions of higher education. The authors discuss possible adaptations that might help in overcoming these challenges.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University and Martha Potvin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Leadership Challenge - James M. Kouzes; Barry Z. Posner
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: HD57.7.K68
ISBN: 0787956783
Publication Date: 2002-08-23
Faced with the new challenges of our unpredictable global business environment, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, two of the country's premier leadership experts, provide this book which is grounded in extensive research and based on interviews with all kinds of leaders at all levels in public and private organizations from around the world

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
Call Number: Billings: NOOK Touch
ISBN: 0812981227
Publication Date: 2010-11-30
In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

--Recommended by Phyllis Bock, ASMSU Attorney, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Monday Mornings - Sanjay Gupta
Call Number: Not held in any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780446583855
Publication Date: 2012-03-13
This recommendation is the first novel by CNN's chief medical correspondent and explores how surgeons grow and learn from mistakes in the practice of medicine. It details how physicians manage bad outcomes at Monday morning Morbidity and Mortality conferences. These M&M conferences are considered to be medicine's most secretive meetings. Although set in a specific environment, Monday Mornings is a an examination into how we push the limits of their abilities, confront our personal and professional failings, and grow from self-reflection and introspection.

--Recommended by Kyler Kingston, Senior Biochemistry Student, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780756405892
Publication Date: 2009-04-07
This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

--Recommended by Tom McCoy, Vice President, Research, Creativity, and Tech Transfer, Montana State University, Bozeman

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One Thousand White Women - Jim Fergus
Call Number: Not held in any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780312199432
Publication Date: 1999-02-15
This is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world.

--Recommended by Helen I. Melland, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing - Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Path to Power - Robert A. Caro
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: E847.C34 v. 1-3
ISBN: 0394499735
Publication Date: 1982-11-12
In this 5 volume series (volume 4 is due out in May 2012) The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered. In this book, we are brought as close as we have ever been to a true perception of political genius and the American political process.

--Recommended by Allen Yarnell, Vice President, Student Success, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Power Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead - David Rothkopf
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780374151287
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
David was a speaker at the AAAS Forum I am attending and if he writes half as well as he speaks it should be a good read. About world economic trends and the power of large corporations in the new world order.

--Recommended by Tom McCoy, Vice President, Research, Creativity, and Tech Transfer, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Power Listening - Bernard T. Ferrari
Call Number: Bozeman: HF5718.F48 2012
ISBN: 9781591844624
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Here is an interesting fact: when we talk about the importance of our communication skills, we tend to think that it is mostly about our speaking and writing expressions. But what about listening? This book explains why “power listening” can make a difference in our lives.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Primal Leadership - Daniel Goleman; Richard E. Boyatzis; Annie McKee
Call Number: Bozeman: HD57.7.G664
ISBN: 157851486X
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
I want to thank Prof. Deidre Combs for this recommendation. Goleman is the author of the international bestseller, Emotional Intelligence. In this book, he and his colleagues apply some of his research-based concepts about the role of emotions to the theory and practice of leadership.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Quiet - Susan Cain
Call Number: Billings, Great Falls: BF698.35.I59C35
ISBN: 9780307352149
Publication Date: 2012-01-24
Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts--from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert."

--Recommended by Jim Rimpau, Vice President of Planning, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Reclaiming a Lost Heritage - John R. Campbell
Call Number: Bozeman: LB2329.5.C35
ISBN: 0813821592
Publication Date: 1995-10-01
In preparation of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, this book provides an anthology of articles that provide a great understanding about the history and the monumental impact that land-grant universities have had in American society.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Ride the Jawbone - Jim Moore; R. E. DeCamp (Illustrator)
Call Number: Bozeman (on order, coming soon!)
ISBN: 9780982737736
Publication Date: 2011-08-01
Retired local attorney and MSU alum Jim Moore's debut novel RIDE THE JAWBONE is a legal mystery set around Montana's long ago Jawbone Railroad. Jim's colorful cast of characters and mini Montana history lesson make this a perfect summer page-turner.

--Recommended by Angela Tate, Program Coordinator, Friends of the MSU Library Liaison, Montana State University Library, Bozeman

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Sisters on the Fly - Irene Rawlings
Call Number: Bozeman: TL298.R38 2010
ISBN: 9780740791314
Publication Date: 2010-05-18
Last December, Regent Todd Buchanan gifted me this book, based on my newly found love for exploring Montana with a travel trailer. Since 1999, the women of “Sisters on the Fly” have been brought together by their passion for rescuing vintage trailers and enjoying travel in the beautiful outdoors. Their motto is “We have more fun than anyone.”

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Small Town Renaissance - Richard W. Poston
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: HN79.M9P6 1950
ISBN: 0837138434
Publication Date: 1971-04-02
A heartening account of special interest to state programs connected with similar problems, to social and community workers.

--Recommended by Senator Bob Hawks, Bozeman, Montana

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The Speed of Trust - Stephen M. R. Covey; Rebecca R. Merrill (As told to); Stephen R. Covey (Foreword by)
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings: HF5387.C677
ISBN: 1416549005
Publication Date: 2008-02-05
The son of the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People devoted this book to the importance of trust in maximizing the influence and impact that individuals and organizations can have. The basic premise is that building trust can minimize costs and expedite outcomes for people, relationships and institutions.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Switch - Chip Heath; Dan Heath
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 9780385528757
Publication Date: 2010-02-16
Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort—but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

--Recommended by Kelly Myer Polacek, Assistant Professor, MSU Library, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Taking People with You - David Novak
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9781591844549
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
David Novak learned long ago that you can't lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 500 CEO, a new entrepreneur, or anyone in between?

Over his fifteen years at Yum! Brands, Novak has developed a trademarked program he calls Taking People With You. He spends several weeks each year personally teaching it to thousands of managers around the world. He convinces them that they'll never make big things happen until they learn how to get people on their side. No skill in business is more important. And Yum!'s extraordinary success (at least 13 percent growth for each of the last nine years) proves his point.

Novak knows that managers don't need leadership platitudes or business school theories. So he cuts right to the chase with a step-by-step guide to setting big goals, getting people to work together, blowing past your targets, and celebrating after you shock the skeptics. And then doing it again and again until consistent excellence becomes a core element of your culture.

--Recommended by Doug Steele, Vice President for External Relations, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Thank You for Arguing - Jay Heinrichs
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780307341440
Publication Date: 2007-02-27
Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action, as well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges.

--Recommended by Jim Rimpau, Vice President of Planning, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: BF441.K238
ISBN: 9780374275631
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
This recent New York Times bestseller, written by the 2002 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, is a fascinating compilation of some of his main research on behavioral economics, including his theories in regards to the psychology of judgment and decision-making.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Truman - David McCullough
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: E814.M26 1992
ISBN: 0671456547
Publication Date: 1992-06-15
In this riveting biography, David McCullough captures Harry S. Truman and the turbulent, historically significant times during which he served.

--Recommended by Allen Yarnell, Vice President, Student Success, Montana State University, Bozeman

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War - Sebastian Junger
Call Number: Call number: Billings, Northern: DS371.4123.K67J86
ISBN: 9780446556248
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
A book about a lonely outpost in Afghanistan & the men who man it.

--Recommended by Craig Stewart, Professor, Department of Health & Human Development, Montana State University, Bozeman

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What the CEO Wants You to Know - Ram Charan
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Library
ISBN: 9780609608395
Publication Date: 2001-02-13
What the CEO Wants You to Know explains in clear, simple language how to do what great CEOs do instinctively and persistently:
• Understand the basic building blocks of a business and use them to figure out how your company makes money and operates as a total business.
• Decide what to do, despite the clutter of day-to-day business and the complexity of the real world.


--Recommended by Tom Calcagni, Executive Director of University Communications, Montana State University, Bozeman

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When Invisible Children Sing - Chi Huang; Irwin Tang (As told to); Robert Coles (Foreword by)
Call Number: Not held in any MSU Library
ISBN: 9781414353111
Publication Date: 2011-05-25
This is the true story of a young Harvard med student who takes a leave from school to visit La Paz, Bolivia, to enter the world of street children.

--Recommended by Kathy Holzer, Administrative Assistant, Montana State University Extension, Judith Basin County

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You're Wearing That? - Deborah Tannen
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings (Ebook): HQ755.86.T366 2006
ISBN: 9780812972665
Publication Date: 2006-12-26
Her previous publication, You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, was incredible successful and stayed in bestselling lists for more than three years. In this book, Tannen reveals how language patterns illuminate the complexities of the crucial relationship between mothers and daughters.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

More reading from President Cruzado:

Of course, I also took time to read some of the recommendations from our previous MSU Summer Reading Lists (like Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell (thank you, Dr. David Sands!), The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson (thank you, Dr. Craig Stewart!) or The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy (thank you, thank you, Alicia Exley!).  This does not include the books that are patiently waiting on my night table, like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (thank you, Donna Williams!)

      

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