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Six Highly-Recommended Books from some of Vancouver’s most Influential People

Some of Vancouver's most influential people recommend one book you should read in 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, is Canada Book Day, a time promote reading and celebrate all literature. To commemorate this wonderful national day, we spoke with some of Vancouver’s most influential people and asked them one question, “what one book would you recommend people read in 2019, and why?”. If you are searching for your next read, then look no further.

John Neate Jr. - CEO & Founder of JJ Bean recommends:

Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything – Stephen M. R. Covey

Speed of Trust would be a book that I wish every business person would read. It’s basically the Second Commandment (Treat your neighbour as you would want to be treated) but if everyone practiced these behaviours the world would be transformed.” – John Neate Jr.

Adam Palmer - Chief of the Vancouver Police Department recommends:

By Chance Alone – Dr. Max Eisen

By Chance Alone is an incredible true story of Holocaust survivor Max Eisen. Max was transported to Auschwitz as a young teenage boy along with members of his family who did not survive. Right before his father’s death, Max promised his dad that he would tell the world what happened at Auschwitz-Birkenau if he managed to survive. He survived and emigrated to Canada after the war – he kept his promise to his father. I had the honour of meeting Max in 2018 during an educational journey to Auschwitz.– Adam Palmer 

Krista Thompson - Executive Director of Convenant House BC recommends:

The Twelve Caesars – Gaius Suetonius

“My friend is an avid student of history and when he recommended I read The Twelve Caesars I was prepared for a rather dry academic treatise on Roman history.  What I discovered was a riveting “insiders scoop” on the personal dramas, intrigue and political world of that fascinating era. The book contains a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus in AD 121. The writing and insights provided to the world of our earliest governments and leaders of history remain fresh and relevant today—almost 2000 years later! It turns out that while change is possible, most things involving human behaviour remain remarkably the same.” – Krista Thompson

Gill Kelley - General Manager, Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability for the City of Vancouver recommends:

Uninhabitable Earth After Warming – David Wallace-Wells

“While the topic of climate change is not new to many of us, this book – written by a journalist, not a scientist – unsparingly lays bare both the enormity (and urgency) of the global warming challenge and the inadequacy of small, incremental attempts to curb it. Wells clearly puts forth the scale of effort needed and posits how we are up to solving it. We have no choice but to step up to the challenge laid out here. It’s an important read.” – Gill Kelley

Jane Hutton - Director of UBC Robson Square recommends:

Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

“This clever book, published years ago, is a quick and simple read on ways of thinking. In a nutshell, the process asks you to ‘put on different hats’ to think about an issue through an optimistic perspective, a negative lens, a focus on logic and facts, emotional considerations, and of course, creative, positive ideas. Having this ‘permission of hats’ helps focus the mind, removes judgement, and connects ideas in unusual and non-linear ways, often bringing forward surprising creative and interdisciplinary solutions.

I’ve recommended this book many times over the years as the approach is easily grasped and implemented in meetings requiring group problem-solving, brainstorming, or consensus building.” – Jane Hutton

Charles Gauthier - President & CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association recommends:

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer –  Siddhartha Mukherjee 

“At this moment I’m reading a somewhat sombre book now called The Emperor of All Maladies. Why? I heard it was a good read, described as the biography of cancer, tracing the progress of the detection, treatment and prevention of the disease over several millennia. It’s written for the lay person in mind and it really does underscore the significant advancements that have been made.” – Charles Gauthier