Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, and The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger – Coming for the July 3 First Friday Book Synopsis (on Zoom)

First Friday Book Synopsis, July 3, 2020, on Zoom
Time:  7:30 am
Two Books:
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, and
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
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For July 3, 2020 First Friday Book SynopsisI am breaking precedent for the July 3, 2020 First Friday Book Synopsis.  This is a time that calls for the breaking of precedent.

For 22+ years, we have focused almost exclusively on books that deal with business issues at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  Oh, there have been a few wanderings here and there, usually dealing with leadership in sports, or politics, and a few other books that might have seemed a little far afield.  But I have always kept the overall subject of business improvement and excellence and success in mind.

But, this is a moment that beckons us to pay special attention to a national problem and challenge. And, it certainly has implications for every business in America.

So, for July and August, and possibly for September and October, maybe even longer, I have chosen to tackle the issues dealing with race in America through my book selections.

If you were to ask me what is the most important book to read, I would pause, and ask you to reconsider your question.  This is an issue that requires more than any one book. You simply will not learn enough to tell you what you need to know with any one book.

Last week, I wrote a blog post about the current best sellers (read that post here).  Of the top 15 books on Amazon’s overall list of best–selling books Friday (they update this list hourly), twelve of the fifteen dealt with issues of race.

I am not “new” to this; I have some long-term interest in this subject.  I have presented books on racism, social justice, and poverty, each month for over 15 years at the Urban Engagement Book Club in Dallas, sponsored by CitySquare. And, in addition to the academic work I did on civil rights rhetoric in my graduate student days at the University of Southern California, my wife and I have taken our vacation trips in recent years to the civil rights cities of Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, LIttle Rock, and Memphis.  In other words, I have paid attention to this issue for…decades.

For July, I have selected Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi.  It won the National Book Award the year it was published, 2016.

Though I was tempted to begin with his latest book, How to Be An Antiracist, I felt like this book provided needed history and context. So, I will present my synopsis of his newer book in August.

I am leaning toward following up with White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, maybe in September.  And. among other books I am considering for this “series” are:  Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and possibly The Making of a Racist by Charles Dew.

And, there are so many others to read, to learn from, to ponder…

As for the business book that I have selected for July 3, I will present my synopsis of The Ride of a Lifetime by Roberg Iger, the man behind the last few years of Disney’s success. Bill Gates calls this one of the most important business books he has read in quite some time.  It is a book worth reading!

Our July 3 meeting will be on Zoom again; 7:30 am.  Please mark you calendar now.  (Meeting info is below). Come join us!


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