Bob Sternfels

Global Managing Partner, McKinsey

Operation Tidal Wave: The Bloodiest Air Battle in the History of War
by Vincent dePaul Lupiano

I come from a family of aviators and am a private pilot myself. In World War II, my grandfather was part of this specific US Air Force air raid. He is actually a character in the book, so I couldn’t ignore it.

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

As a history buff, I loved this period piece. The sociopolitical context has some powerful parallels to the world we live in today, and the themes of family, friendship, and self-growth gave me a lot to think about.

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier
by Diana Preston and Michael Preston

I am planning on reading this book at the suggestion of a close friend and colleague. Looking forward to it.

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