Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ernie's "Books for Dads" List--Part One

River of Doubt
For the dad who like action/adventure/thrillers:
After he lost his last Presidential election, Teddy Roosevelt was lost as to what he was going to do. He signed on to join an expedition mapping an uncharted tributary of the Amazon. Nearly everything went wrong. His son, Kermit, literally carried him out of the jungle. And it's all true!

For the dad who is a leader/manager:
At the turn 19th/20th centuries, Shackleton's woodenship, the Endurance, became trapped in the Antarctic ice. Shackleton's skills as a leader led to all of the crewmen surviving despite an extremely long and harsh ordeal.

For the dad who likes to hike and likes to laugh:
A Walk in the Woods
I like all of Bryson's books, but he really outdid himself with A Walk In The Woods wherein he and an even-more-out-of-shape friend endeavor to hike the Appalachian Trail. It's laugh-out-loud funny!

For the dad who likes history:
George Washington was brilliant ... and extremely lucky. I recommend the audio version of this book. Listening to McCullough read is like listening to opera.

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