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Rocky’s Summer Reading List 2018

It appears that beach weather has finally decided to arrive; so for just a few moments the MacRo Report blog will once again take a break from Commercial Real Estate musings. 

Lastrocky-summer-reading-2018 year I shared my healthy addiction to audio books and, in particular,, an Amazon business that offers an enormous selection of terrific reads … or “listens” if one wishes to be precise about it. 

Of course, there is nothing like finding a comfortable spot in the house or in the outdoors to enjoy a good book, but even for us older guys, there never seems to be enough time to devour all the knowledge and creativity within the volumes of paper neatly arranged on all those bookshelves.

But it is amazing to me how much spare time I have found while getting work done around the house and yard, hiking or on the road.  There is so much to learn from what others have to share.

This past year, American history continued to be a dominant theme of my readings, but real life and fictional overseas intrigue also grabbed my attention as well.  A friend recommended I read a particular book or two on the theme of science, technology and the future of mankind, and wow … mind-blowing stuff is on our horizon! We happened to travel to Alaska and New Zealand over the last 12 months … so yes, had to do some pre-trip background reading. And being a political junkie, yes, I had to satisfy my appetite with a bit of behind the 2016 presidential campaign scenes reading.

So, here’s my top forty list of books I’ve enjoyed:

American History:

Real Life and Fictional Overseas Intrigue

Science, Technology and The Future of Mankind

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, By: Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, By: Daniel Kahneman

Alaska and New Zealand

  • Alaska: A Novel, By: James A. Michener
  • Alaskan Retreater’s Notebook: One Man’s Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness, By: Ray Ordorica
  • Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak, By: Andy Hall
  • Pakeha Maori: The Extraordinary Story of the Europeans Who Lived as Maori in Early New Zealand, By: Trevor Bentley
  • Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, By: Joan Druett

National Politics

  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, By: Barack Obama
  • Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals, By: Saul D. Alinsky
  • Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, By: Donna Brazile
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, By: Katy Tur
  • 41: A Portrait of My Father, By: George W. Bush
  • Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes

Good Random Reads

Enjoy your summer!

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Rocky Mackintosh, President, MacRo, Ltd., a Land and Commercial Real Estate firm based in Frederick, Maryland. He has been an active member of the Frederick, Maryland community for over four decades. He has served as chairman of the board of Frederick Memorial Hospital and as a member of the Frederick County Charter Board from 2010 to 2012.  He currently serves as chairman of the board of Frederick Mutual Insurance Company. Established in 1843, it is one of the longest enduring businesses in Frederick County

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