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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: LIFE (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985338741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985338749
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chris Brady is a NY Times best-selling author, speaker, humorist, and businessman. His books include "Launching a Leadership Revolution" (co-authored with Orrin Woodward), "Rascal", "A Month of Italy", "PAiLS", and several other titles on leadership and success. He has sold over one million books in six languages.

Chris is a principle Founder of LIFE Leadership Inc., has served on its Board of Directors since its inception, and is the CEO and Creative Director. He is also the Executive Publisher of Obstacles Press, and one of the Founders of All Grace Outreach, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Originally educated as an engineer, Mr. Brady received his BA in Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University and his Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as a General Motors Fellow, with Master's Thesis work completed at Toyohashi University in Japan.

Chris is an avid motorized adventurer, world traveler, private pilot, community builder, soccer fan, Christian, and dad.

He also has one of the world's most unique resumes; including experience with a live bug in his ear, walking through a paned-glass window, chickening out from the high-dive in elementary school, destroying the class ant-farm in third grade, losing a spelling bee on the word "use," jack-hammering his foot, and more recently - sinking his snowmobile in a lake.

If you can't find Chris speaking in front of a live audience, or in his office writing, or in a bookstore, or playing with his children, or on the sideline of a soccer pitch, or in the hills of Tuscany, or out on the lake, try looking in the following Online locations:

www.chrisbrady.com
www.christopherjamesbrady.com
www.twitter.com/rascaltweets
www.facebook.com/christopherjamesbrady
www.linkedin.com/in/cjbrady
www.amonthofitaly.com
www.launchingaleadershiprevolution.com
www.rascalbook.com

Chris has been recognized by INC. Magazine as among the Top 50 Leadership and Management experts. He is listed among the Top 100 Authors to Follow on Twitter. Online Masters Degree Programs chose his blog for a Masters Award in Leadership, which was also selected as a Top Management Resource for 2012, as well as being listed in the Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs. In 2010 he was awarded the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

Chris and his wife Terri have four children and live in North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

She started reading it right away and she was laughing out loud!
Joe Darkangelo
The scenic descriptions make the reader feel like they are along with the Brady family, seeing the panoramic views and lovely sights.
Catherine J. Kilpatrick
Here are my running thoughts as I read through the book: * Great first sentence and paragraph.
Oliver Demille

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Art Jonak on July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chris Brady redefines the "American Dream" by using his humorous, fun-filled, family adventure in Italy to show how to revitalize your life in today's fast paced world. He accurately describes it all - Italy's culture, beauty, history... it's a spell-binding lesson in learning how to live again, with real purpose.

Brady plunges into the unknown to rediscover his own passion for life, while navigating the crazy roads of Italy and feasting like a king. You can't stop turning the pages to hear first hand how he navigates the harrowing roads of Italy, feasts like a king on traditional Tuscan food, and banters with the Italians like a native - with a entertaining mishaps along the way. A guide to traveling, Italy, and life itself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe Darkangelo on July 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
"A Month of Italy" authored by Chris Brady, is one of the most entertaining books that I have ever read! I started reading it on a plane last week and the person sitting next to me kept on looking at me because I was laughing out loud, seriously!! I returned from my trip and told my wife Laura about it. She started reading it right away and she was laughing out loud! I have never seen this happen. I also learned so much from this great read! My family is now planning another trip to Italy.
Enjoy!
Joe Darkangelo
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Demille VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading A Month of Italy and I am a fan! Who would have thought that a book on vacationing would turn into and introspective journey about work and career, family and our most important relationships? It's like the whole book is an allegory or parable on life and leadership. I'll read it again and again, and I'll read it on the plane on every vacation I ever go on. Don't leave home without it!

Here are my running thoughts as I read through the book:

* Great first sentence and paragraph. It really pulls me in and makes me want to read. I feel like I'm there. The use of first person present tense really sets the tone. I can't wait to read this.

* Ditto on the preface. I love how short it is, it really pulls me in. Like I said, I can't wait to read this.

Wow. Most people only spend 37 seconds a day with kids! This really makes the point of the chapter.

* Love the "down time" segment. Thomas Jefferson took time off every day to go for a walk in the woods. He hardly ever missed a day. That long walk made everything else go better.

Finished with the introduction. Again, I am totally engrossed and can't wait to read the rest. I called my wife to read a section, and we spent some time discussing our next vacation. I want to read the rest of this book right now.

On chapter 5 now. I love the shortness of each chapter! It's perfect. And the lists at the end of each chapter are excellent. "Big vehicle on a small road..." LOL.

"All journeys have secret destinations..." Great quote, and it applies to a lot more than travel.

"What's a GPS?" That's a GREAT quote!

Just finished chapter 12. Now the thoughts are coming fast and furious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Mattis on August 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Life blows by if You don't learn to take time out to heal, recharge & think. This is a must read for any Parent / Spouse. There are so many needed lessons in this book. I've given many copies as gifts to people I love. How cool is the idea of time slowing down with no end date. Wow thank You Mr Brady - Chris Mattis
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darren M. on July 11, 2013
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Wow, what a fun and entertaining book. I read it in one sitting; catching myself laughing out loud where my wife and kids got annoyed. This is not a book for the serious minded person. This book is for the person that is happy and enjoys the sillyness of everyday life and especially in a foreign land where only your kids and wife will really know the true you.

What a breathe of fresh air. I had never wanted to see Tuscany until I read Mr. Brady's book. All the previous books I read about Tuscany made it sound so boring. Thank you Mr. Brady for sharing with us how a family can truly enjoy themselves on a family vacation. Ciao! Darren Martin
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyMo on August 1, 2012
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When my wife and I were dating, she would read to me in the car as we traveled here and there. Edgar Allan Poe I seem to recall. When we got this book, we rediscovered this little joy when my wife started to read this enjoyable, funny, yet thought-provoking book. (She even uses different voices for some of the characters...hilarious) As enjoyable as the book is, underlying everything is the serious point of making sure we force the time off in our lives to decompress and create lasting memories whether we are in Italy or Indiana. Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation is the push we all need to take serious breaks so we can achieve even higher heights in our life's endeavors. Thanks Chris.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pawric on July 31, 2012
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Wow! A Month in Italy, what a great read! I began this book thinking, how quickly can I get through this. The preface and introduction halted that notion as quickly as it began. The author writes that vacationing is not for our pleasure, but for our purpose. Chris Brady made me thankful for the journey that brought me to this place. If you have journeyed their once- the familiarity of your trip allows you to journey ever on... You will begin prodigious noticing, loving history, and really loving to journey. The reason you can enjoy vacation, the time to relax, the chance to rejuvenate, is found in Eccelesiastes 3:1, 'there is a time for everything." There is a time to work and a time to play. We were made for both. The expense of either somehow seems to out price the other. But, I Love People! I love memories. I love helping others. I love sharing. I love LIFE. I love work. I love vacationing. Don't let either of these -work or vacation- rob you of their benefits. This book will change your LIFE. Read and enjoy vacation with the Brady family. Thanks Chris Brady!
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