2019 Summer Reading List

Bad Blood – Secrets & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Recommended by Kevin Klau, Danaher Vice President & Group Executive, Water Quality Platform

"It’s the true story of Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes. This story is still playing out, as Elizabeth Holmes & her co-founder’s federal trial for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud has yet to get started. There are so many lessons in this about the importance of quality engineering, creating a strong company culture, encouraging people to ‘speak up’ and many, many more."

Enlightenment Now, the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker

Recommended by Sue Murphy, President, Molecular Devices

This book is an in-depth, fascinating read for anyone who is watching (or not watching) the ‘news’ or has concerns about where we are headed in this world scale macro economy. The author uses data to illustrate if we are progressing or digressing as a society in the last 300 years.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Also recommended by Sue Murphy

My college friends recommended this one about the true story of a rowing team’s journey to win gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. If more than three of my friends have read it…it’s a WINNER!

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Recommended by Jason Peng, President Dx Platform, Danaher China

“This book explores questions such as, how did the universe begin? What made the universe start? Does time always flow forward? The questions reminded me of questions I asked when I was much younger. The insights from Hawking revealed the logical connections of time, universe and many scientific discoveries. Truly amazing.”

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Recommended by Lesley Feinberg, Vice President Human Resources, Hach

“This book is not a quick/easy read – you must read it when you really have time to take the content on board – but it is incredibly thought provoking. The basic idea is that the single greatest obstacle to progress is failing to learn from mistakes. Only by redefining failure can we ‘unleash progress, creativity, and resilience’. Syed uses real-world examples to illustrate the difference between industries where mistakes are openly used for progress and industries where mistakes are hidden, conveying the potential impact of both approaches in sports, healthcare, aviation, crime etc. My takeaways: 1. The more we fail in practice, the more we can learn, which enables us to be successful when it really matters, and 2. If we wish to fulfil our potential as individuals and organizations, we must redefine failure.”

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Recommended by Tom Joyce, President & CEO, Danaher Corporation

“Set in New York City at the turn of the 19th century, The Last Days of Night tells the story of a young lawyer hired to defend George Westinghouse, the man sued by Thomas Edison over the invention of the light bulb. Stakes are high – winning inventor will become the man to ‘power the country’ – and Edison’s well-connected team threatens to secure the victory by any means necessary. Moore combines innovation, adventure, mystery, captivating characters and great writing to illuminate an exciting time in U.S. history.”