With summer approaching, the wealthy are preparing their lists of inspirational beach reads. And this year, their Goyard tote bags will likely be filled with books about innovation, technology, and the Greek gods.
JP Morgan Private Bank Tuesday announced its 23rd annual summer reading list, which has become the seasonal “it-list” of literary status symbols for the ultra-wealthy.
The bank, whose clients typically have $10 million or more, searches hundreds of customer advisor recommendations for nonfiction books and limits them to 10 titles. The selection is based on “speed, quality and global appeal to the company’s global customer base”.
Of course, most super rich will be staring at their stock screen all summer long. But when it comes to books, they want to learn more about technology, the planet and the past.
“This year’s list spans terrain and time and seeks to double-click on the themes our advisors hear most this year in their conversations with clients, including sustainability, leadership and business transformation, technological innovation, expanding cultural perspectives and philanthropic support. for key global projects.” said Darin Oduyoye, Chief Communications Officer of JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management.
The list has also added a new technical twist this year – books in the metaverse. The JP Morgan Onyx Lounge in Decentraland will feature a virtual library exhibit, where visitors can create an avatar, view interviews with authors, and answer trivia questions with a “learned owl.”
The list, as always, is as varied as the rich themselves. But it’s a handy barometer of the headlines and topics you’re likely to see this summer on the Hamptons beaches, the Aspen mountains, and other elite hotspots. Here’s the list, via JP Morgan Private Bank:
“CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Great Leaders Apart” by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra: McKinsey & Company’s senior partners provide insight into how some of the most respected CEOs do their jobs. Based on 25 years of research and interviews with top executives — including the heads of Netflix, JP Morgan Chase, General Motors and Sony — Dewar, Keller and Malhotra show that while the role of CEO is unique to every organization, the best CEOs think and adapt in surprisingly similar ways across industries.
“Race for Tomorrow: Survival, Innovation and Profit on the Frontline of the Climate Crisis” by Simon Mundy: In this journey through 26 countries and six continents, Financial Times journalist Simon Mundy goes to the front lines of the climate crisis. By telling the stories of those he meets — from a scientist building a house for artificial mammoths in northeast Siberia to entrepreneurs seeking breakthroughs in electricity and nuclear fusion — Mundy shows how climate change is displacing communities, disrupting global businesses and inspires a new wave of innovation.
“Being Present: Getting Attention at Work (and Home) by Managing Your Social Presence” by Jeanine W. Turner: Bringing together 15 years of research, interviews, and the experience of students and executives, Georgetown Professor Jeanine W. Turner provides a framework for navigating our social presence—the sense of being connected within a conversation or interaction—and to be more effective and communicate more deliberately with our family, friends and colleagues.
“The Complete Guide to NFTs, Digital Art, and Blockchain Technology” by Marc Beckman: What exactly are NFTs and how will they affect our world? Marc Beckman, founder of digital illustration platform NFT Truesy, delves into the fundamentals of NFT technology, making the subject clear and understandable. Beckman explores how NFTs are poised to change fashion, sports, fine arts, social justice and more, and how entrepreneurs can position themselves to succeed in tomorrow’s NFT-powered world.
“The Power of Regret: How Looking Back Helps Us Forward” by Daniel H. Pink: Author Daniel H. Pink rejects the idea of ”no regrets” — instead, he challenges us to accept regret as fundamental and consider it creatively to help us live more fulfilling lives. Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, economics and biology, Pink argues that we can turn regret into positive forces by reframing our thinking.
“Corrected. : How to Perfect the Art of Problem Solving” by Amy E. Herman: While teaching at the Frick Collection in New York, attorney and art historian Amy E. Herman developed her “Art of Perception” seminar to improve students’ observation and communication skills in solving unsolvable problems in medicine. Since then, she has moderated international sessions for leaders and professionals from the FBI, the French National Police, Interpol, and many other organizations for which failure is catastrophic. By using art to challenge our standard way of thinking, Herman encourages us to open our minds to see possibilities that we might otherwise overlook.
“Hayao Miyazaki” by Jessica Niebel, Daniel Kothenschulte, and Pete Docter: An illustrated journey through the cinematic worlds of acclaimed Japanese filmmaker “Hayao Miyazaki” celebrates the artistic vision and themes of Miyazaki’s animated films, including the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away”. Published by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles in collaboration with Studio Ghibli in Tokyo, the book offers insight into the animator’s creative process and masterful storytelling techniques.
“As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic” by the Wedge Collection (Foreword by Teju Cole/Introduction by Dr. Mark Sealy/Interviewed by Liz Ikiriko): Selected from Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Wedge Collection in Toronto—a black-owned collection dedicated to artists of African descent—“As We Rise” offers an up-to-date exploration of black identity. Through a compilation of over 100 photographs by black artists from Canada, the Caribbean, Great Britain, the United States, South America and the entire African continent, the book explores the multi-layered aspects of black life through themes of community, identity, and power, all while exploring ideas of agency, beauty, self-representation, and more.
“Between the Mountain and the Sky: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, Healing and Hope” by Maggie Doyne: Maggie Doyne, American philanthropist and founder of the BlinkNow Foundation, tells the inspiring story of her journey from carefree teenager in New Jersey to caregiver for more than 50 Nepalese children. Inspired by a trip to the countryside on a gap year before college, Doyne invests her savings to buy land and open a children’s home. “Between the Mountain and the Sky” shares all the love, loss, healing and hope she experiences as she opens the house, and ultimately a women’s center and school.
“Greek Myths” by Gustav Schwab: A collection of 47 stories from German author Gustav Schwab’s groundbreaking anthology, Taschen’s “Greek Myths,” rediscovers the fascinating world of Greek mythology for the modern age. Through these legendary tales of all-too-human gods and heroes, Schwab’s updated tales reveal all the achievements, fury, and weaknesses of the human condition—from the bravery of Perseus and the ambition of Icarus to the greed of Midas.