Chicago Irish Motivational Speaker - A Fave Book List

A Listmania! list by Conor Cunneen "Author, Humorous Motivational Speaker, Educator" (Naperville, IL)
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The list author says: "As a Chicago based Irish Motivational Speaker, (GOOGLE "Youtube IrishmanSpeaks" for video selection) I read a lot and not just Guinness labels! Here's a list of some of the fave books I have reviewed on Amazon which provide content and ideas for me in my earnest and generally successful attempts to portray myself as a Chicago based Irish (with a brogue to prove it) Motivational Speaker and Business Humorist.
It is a very eclectic list featuring politics, humor, communications, history, biographies and many other genres. This is the type of varied collection that will help you whether you are a motivational speaker from Chicago or Cork, Dallas or Dulles or anywhere in between.
Good material comes from life. This is a collection about life. Some are motivational. Some require concentration so lower the volume on your speaker. Most have nothing to do with Chicago. But I enjoyed reading all of them.
I hope you will too."
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
1.  Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by Michael D'Orso
The list author says:
  "May be my favorite book. A motivational  memoir about a lesser known heroes of the civil rights movement – Congressman John Lewis. The great speaker Martin Luther King got most of the kudos but the brave (and they were truly  brave) foot soldiers on the ground were the real heroes, enduring constant assaults, beatings, imprisonment. A brilliant book which should be a must read for young and old."
$14.40   Used & New from: $3.53
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

Mark Twain's Speeches with an Introduction by William Dean Howells
2.  Mark Twain's Speeches with an Introduction by William Dean Howells by Mark [; Samuel Langhorne Clemens; William Dean Howells] Twain
The list author says:
  "I have been lucky enough to be referenced as "Mark Twain with a brogue," - something that got me interested in the works of this genius.
A wonderful, wonderful book full of humor, insight, kindness and a bellyful of laughs by THE first great motivational speaker and humorist and one who paved the way for all motivational speakers (Chicago or not). Available through specialist booksellers."
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SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition
3.  SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition by Conor Cunneen
The list author says:
  "Visiting Chicago, Irish job transition guru-quaintly named Finbarr Kozlowski- presents 8 powerful lessons to a group of disilllusioned, demotivated job seekers.
Told in parable form (and laced with large dollops of Irish humor from an author who is an award winning humorist who was once in job transition) this is an honest, poignant, uplifting book to help job seekers through a really  tough time."
$14.20   Used & New from: $3.09
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Ulysses S. Grant : Memoirs and Selected Letters : Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant / Selected Letters, 1839-1865 (Library of America)
4.  Ulysses S. Grant : Memoirs and Selected Letters : Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant / Selected Letters, 1839-1865 (Library of America) by Ulysses S. Grant
The list author says:
  "Autobiographies tend to be self-serving (Grant makes no reference to his well documented drink problems) and many historians might pick flaws with some of Grant's recollections, but the book is exceptionally well written and interesting. To my surprise, the author comes across as being compassionate and showing a high degree of empathy for many he fought against during the civil war."
$22.15   Used & New from: $5.14
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
5.  Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America by Laurence Maslon
The list author says:
  "A really good read. Make 'em Laugh provides excellent commentary on many of the people who made America and the world laugh.
This is the perfect book for anyone interested in the art of comedy, be they a humorous motivational keynote speaker, motivational humorist or not.
The authors provide crisp interesting biographies of almost all of the greats."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge (Collins Business Essentials)
6.  Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge (Collins Business Essentials) by Warren G. Bennis
The list author says:
  "Bennis is one of the best writers on leadership around. He is also quite simply a good writer, presenting easy to read material. Many good lessons and inspirational anecdotes in a fine book."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
7.  The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "I try to read this book about once a year as it is in one sense a great motivational book. Gladwell shows how products / concepts become successful once they reach a tipping point.
The guy has a very readable style."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,757 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation
8.  The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation by A. G. Lafley
The list author says:
  "I will be very surprised if THE GAMECHANGER does not become required reading in many Fortune 500 executive suites.
The co-authors, Lafley and Charan are corporate superstars. Lafley's contributions to the book are particularly interesting as he provides some excellent case study material on how innovation drove growth for key P&G brands."
$17.95   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders
9.  Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders by Steven F. Hayward
The list author says:
  "A very readable but short book, which is one of the reasons why it cannot credibly deal with "The Making of Extraordinary Leaders."

Hayward has an easy writing style and presents a number of good anecdotes about both men, including one extremely humorous one featuring Churchill and political foe Clement Atlee."
$10.74   Used & New from: $2.32
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail
10.  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail by Charles Osgood
The list author says:
  "Forrest Gump's phrase comes to mind when reading this book, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."
Osgood has put together an excellent selection of humorous quotes and anecdotes from Truman to George W. Bush."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

LinkedIn For Dummies
11.  LinkedIn For Dummies by Joel Elad
The list author says:
  "Once upon a time, I thought the "Dummies" series of books was for - well - real dummies. Not like you or me!
No more. I now believe that the "Dummies" series provides some of the best crash courses on a range of topics.
I've read a lot of books on how to maximize LinkedIn. This is THE best book I have read and well worth reading whether you are a novice or experienced LinkedIn user."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm
12.  The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley
The list author says:
  "Although published in 2001, thus making some of the innovations referenced seem really old, this is a great read for anyone interested in innovation and how to create an innovative culture in any organization."
$18.89   Used & New from: $2.97
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
13.  The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
The list author says:
  "Whew! This is some read - great writing, heroes and villains, fatal errors of judgment and wonderful heroism all encompassed in Halberstam's last book.

Most of the dominant players in the book are well known - Truman, MacArthur, Stalin, Mao, Marshall. The author paints good portraits of Truman and MacArthur and their intense dislike for each other."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)

Some of It Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ
14.  Some of It Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ by Nicholas deB. Katzenbach
The list author says:
  "Katzenbach is a dry writer who writes in a scholarly style and it takes some time to get used to it. I'm glad I persevered because the book is truly interesting and a real insight into the politics and personnel of the sixties."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business
15.  Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
The list author says:
  "This is one of the most enjoyable management / customer service books I have read in a long time.

In a very open, well written book, Meyer takes us through his management philosophy based on "enlightened hospitality" and placing employees first and then guests, community, suppliers and investors."
$9.79   Used & New from: $5.19
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

I Was There When It Happened: My Life with Johnny Cash
16.  I Was There When It Happened: My Life with Johnny Cash by bassist. Marshall Grant
The list author says:
  "A fine book about a great performer who was lucky to live as long as he did. Marshall Grant was Johnny Cash's longtime bassist. Here he catalogues Cash's rise to fame, the drug horror he went through and which he forced band members and the long suffering June Carter to endure. Written with affection."
$17.67   Used & New from: $2.67
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
17.  The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company by Joseph A. Michelli
The list author says:
  "Parts of this book were so cloying and some of the anecdotes so over the top that I felt like throwing it away, except ... except for the fact that the Ritz-Carlton is one magnificent Brand founded on a great product.
As I continued to read, I began to appreciate why the Ritz-Carlton is so successful. You will also and it should help you grow your business."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

The Vietnam War: A Concise International History
18.  The Vietnam War: A Concise International History by Mark Atwood Lawrence
The list author says:
  "Attempting to write a history of The Vietnam War in less than 200 pages of text (supported by good notes) is not an easy task.
The keen student of Vietnam will find nothing new in this, but if you are looking for a generally well written concise history of this horrible conflict - read Lawrence's work."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
19.  The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
The list author says:
  "Tom Friedman is a wonderful writer who conveys complex images and imagery in a very readable and understandable manner.
I read the original edition which I thoroughly enjoyed and assume that 3.0 is just as insightful."
$9.60   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

Outliers: The Story of Success
20.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "Gladwell is a fine writer who tends to put his own idiosyncratic spin on things.
Some of his observations probably do not stand up to severe auditing, but nevertheless this is a fine read about what makes people successful."
$27.99   Used & New from: $0.85
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Conor Cunneen "Author, Humorous Motivational Speaker, Educator" (Naperville, IL)
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Last updated: 12/14/10
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