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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."