January 15, 2021
Nothing better than a great book to get through this cold early 2021 winter spell! We hereby send you the Boltenko Law quarterly book finds.
The focus of our reading club is Russian and international wealth. Leading female voices and pathway to the future are other focal points, since we at Boltenko Law are all women with young children. We will also share with you our best finds in other categories.
We hope you’ll enjoy our recommendations. If you want to share your best reads with us in return, please do – we always look forward to receiving them.
Russians as We Do Not Know Them: Cold War Super Spy
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre. Signal; 384 pages.
This book is a dazzling non-fiction thriller and an intimate portrait of high-stakes espionage during the times of the cold war. Macintyre focuses on Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer who became a double agent for the British. The book is every bit as exciting as our favourite spy novels.
KYC Par Excellence: A Must-read for Anyone in a Compliance Department
Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World by Tom Burgis. Harper; 464 pages.
In this real-life thriller packed with jaw-dropping revelations, Burgis builds his case around four people – an ex-Soviet billionaire, a British bank compliance officer, a Canadian lawyer with a strange client, and a New York crook. Useful read if you want to understand the political and financial world better!
Business Success Stories: Learn from the Best
No Rules Rules, by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer. Penguin Press; 320 pages.
Do things differently. Be honest. Trust your team. And never, ever try to please your boss. For anyone interested in creativity, productivity and innovation, the Netflix culture is something close to a holy grail. In this rare book the boss of Netflix explains his leadership philosophy and how it plays out in practice.
Want Your Kids to Succeed in the Future? Make Them Homo Universalis
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein. Riverhead Books; 352 pages.
What Roger Federer and Bill Gates have in common: broad interests, and not specialising too early. David Epstein discovered that in most fields – especially those that are complex and unpredictable – generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. His advice is that raising kids with a broad set of skills and self-identified passions prepares them well for a world of rapid change.
The Lying Life of Adults, by Elena Ferrante. Europa Editions; 336 pages.
Who is the author – man or woman? – we wondered at Boltenko Law, enjoying the quality of writing of earlier novels of Elena Ferrante, as the author’s identity was unknown at that point. Now identified as a woman – her face continues to be a secret – Elena Ferrante brings another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story. We recommend you read this not only for brilliant narrative by a female author, but also for one of the best depictions of growing up as a young woman.
Oh, and just in case, if you have not read her “The Neapolitan Novels” yet, read all four of them, too!
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