The weekend is almost here! Many of us are planning on spending some time on the beach. Will you be packing a book? Maybe something about leadership, professional development or discipline-related technical issues? Or will you be trying to relax with your favorite romance novel, horror book or biography?
What is on your beach reading list this summer?
"Walking on the Sea of Clouds" by Gray Rinehart. This is a new science fiction novel about building the first Moon base. This novel is an engineer's dream. Instead of a dry non-fiction treatise, Mr. Rinehart writes the story about the first people who set up a moon base and how they do it. Mr. Rinehart, is a retired Air Force Colonel--a mechanical engineer led the USAF's space operations. The story excels at the engineer challenges.
"This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race" by Nicole Perlroth - for all engineers and those who use the internet.
Robert, If you enjoyed McCullough's The Great Bridge you might try Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge by Erica Wagner, a recent publication.
I picked up the, The End of Membership as We Know It: Building the Fortune-Flipping, Must-Have Association of the Next Century, by Sarah Sladek, as it was recommended by Kristina Swallow (ASCE president) in Civil Engineering Magazine. This led me to Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations and Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations both by Coerver and Byers. All great reads for leaders of volunteer organizations.For my own "enjoyment" I am into volume 4 (The Hinge of Fate) of 6 of Churchill's The Second World War. I highly recommend to all Churchill and WWII buffs. Note it is a challenge.
I recommend Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom! Light enough for beach reading, inspiring for transportation professionals at any career stage. A great variety of career and life journeys documented in this book. Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories
Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories
Stories have power, but only if people know them. "Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories" details the rise of 18 pioneering women in transportation by telling their stories in their words. From the woman who ran the Federal Aviation Adminis...
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I have an interest in ancient civilizations, religions and most of all inter-lapping between them. My specific interest is the origin of the Sumerians who lived some 5,000 years ago in the Mesopotamia. These ancient populations inhabited the sea and used to come inland for food. The ruins those people left reflect extraordinary capabilities in planning, design and construction, which I think cannot be achieved at the present despite the gigantic jump in development and technology. Are others curious about how these cultures achieved such technological advances? Have you read articles that explore this further?