David Blackburn is Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing at a major financial services firm where he manages digital and integrated marketing campaigns for ultra high network segments. Over his career he has worked both client-side and agency-side for brands such as WSJ.com, MetLife, and the International Herald Tribune. You can reach him here.
#1) A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton
As a history and navigation nerd, I couldn’t resist this one. Turns out it’s even more incredibly researched and detailed than I could have imagined. For example, when talking about a 12th century map from Sicily, he gives us a 50-page backstory of the Norman conquests around the world – including Sicily. It’s a great read, and Brotton does a masterful job of pulling politics, religion, science and history together. http://www.penguin.com/book/a-history-of-the-world-in-12-maps-by-jerry-brotton/9780143126027
#2) Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
I can never get enough of Lewis’ writing. And after seeing Brad Katsuyama speak last year, I picked up the book. A great dive into some of the foundational technologies, infrastructure – and yes, some of the dirty little secrets – of our financial markets. http://books.wwnorton.com/books/flash-boys/
3) Les Hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes by Stieg Larsson
No, that’s not French for ‘Dragon Tattoo’, but it’s the same book, just titled differently in French. I try to read a few books a year to keep my French up to speed, and what better way to do that than with a real page turner? I’d be reading it in translation either way, so I went for the French. http://www.amazon.com/Millenium-Tome-hommes-naimaient-Edition/dp/032008017X
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