Books to travel with to Atlanta 2010

I really enjoy the opportunity to catch up on reading while traveling. Please share any good books in this thread that would be good for travel. I am hoping to finish my current book:

Tribal Leadership

this book was recommended by a former student, and I am really enjoying it. It is a business leadership book that I feel has a lot of applicability to achieveing that next level for FIRST teams. I am only 2/3rds of the way through it, but it has been very useful so far.

If you have Mark Leon as an MC bring your math book.

The Namesake

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Leadership and Self-Deception

I’m bringing LINUX In A Nutshell By: Ellen Siever

I always bring Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) when I travel…but that may or may not just be because it’s a book that I’ve read many times and love to re-read. Being in a car or on a plane for many hours gives me an excuse to do it.

Born to Run. It doesn’t relate to Robotics, but it is a great book. Even if you are not a runner it does offer quite a bit of insight into the fact that all of the technology we are developing may not actually help us.

I’ll probably be working my way through “Eating the Dinosaur” by Chuck Klosterman.

It’s a quick read, but really good

The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods Dennis M. Buede.
A Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language Friedenthal, Moore and Steiner

OK, maybe not suggested for everyone, but that’s what I’m reading.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is something you should read at Champs, so you can get inspired while you’re getting inspired.

I’ll probably work my way through House of Leaves or Watchmen on the plane ride down. I find my brain works best when I let it take a trip to fantasy land now and again.

Freakonomics. I don’t remember the author…Steve somebody.

A Big Little Life: A Memoir Of A Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz

Another inspirational book on the way to being inspired. Why not pull out all of the stops and strum the heart strings along the way? This is a lovely and enriching book.


The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett.

My favorite book. A historical fiction, if you’re into that sort of thing :wink:
1,017 pages paperback, I read it in less than a day.


Also, there is another book if you’re looking for something inspirational…same author, but the book catalogues the story of Ross Peroux (he ran for president way back).

On Wings of Eagles, Ken Follett

Isaac, I love you for starting this thread. I’m frantically writing all these books down in my journal so I can download them to my Kindle when I get a chance.

My suggestion:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
And the rest of that series. Perfect for a robotics trip.

Me, too!

I am reading Joel Rosenberg’s Inside the Revolution to my family (they actually requested it) as we travel. We may get through it this season!

Carolyn, Ender’s Game is pretty epic.

I would also highly recommend The Last Lecture. Even if you’ve already read it. There’s so many good thoughts packed in there.

Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. Discusses their model of 5 levels of leadership, including a historical example of each level.

Tribes by Seth Godin is a great corollary to Tribal Leadership. It takes some of the network relationship concepts and applies them in more of a motivational, short story fashion.

I’m also currently reading The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly. It’s taking a while to get through, but it is certainly powerful.

Friedenthal came by and gave a lecture to my SysE Modeling class a couple of months ago. Smart guy and a good communicator. It’s a good thing he’s on the OMG standards board for SysML.

My book for the flight and downtime will be
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information in an effort to make the displays I work on more intuitive. It may also help with my PowerPoint skillz :rolleyes:.