Adam Sharp

President and CEO, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which oversees the Emmys

Adam Sharp
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The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency, John Dickerson

“Most books on the presidency hew to either the historical or current frame, with the latter rarely maintaining relevance much past their final days on the airport bookstore display, and neither often earning the label of “fresh take.” John’s book found a compelling way to bridge the two approaches, firmly situating the Trump years in a historical context not often captured in real time. It was a delight to read, as I expect it will be for the many future poli-sci majors on whose syllabi I expect it will find deserved longevity.”

Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park, Andy Mulvihill and Jake Rossen

“A fast, fun look at a staple of my summer childhoods, further pressing the question: How did I survive?”

Forever: A Novel, by Pete Hamill (85, died August 5)

“Now nearly two decades old, a sweeping narrative that bridges my loves for time-travel-oriented sci-fi and the history of New York City.”





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Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

Fast Times: How digital winners set direction, learn, and adapt

Winning in the digital age requires both lightning speed and thoughtful deliberation. Companies able to master this paradox are emerging as today's winners. Those that can't will be sold for parts.

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

– The new book on how to beat the odds with a bold strategy


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