by David McCullough Year Published:If one were a gambler, there is no way they would have bet on the American colonists to win the Revolutionary War. David McCullough paints a bleak picture of the circumstances facing the colonists during the Revolutionary time period. For those that are interested in this period of history, it is a great read. by Joseph J. Ellis Year Published:"That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." Words forever etched in the minds of the American populace. Joseph J. Ellis paints a complete picture of Thomas Jefferson. This picture is not always pleasant considering the status that Jefferson has been given in American history. by H.W. Brands Year Published:Love him or hate him, Andrew Jackson was one of the most popular presidents in U.S. history. Brands paints an honest picture of Jackson documenting his triumphs and tribulations. by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner Year Published:"What do teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?" "What makes a perfect parent?" These are just some of the questions that Levitt and Dubner uncover in their bestseller. Prepare to look at all situations differently after reading this book. by Joseph J. Ellis Year Published:This book chronicles the most famous and elusive of the founding fathers: George Washington. Joseph Ellis describes how much of Washington's correspondence was destroyed by his wife. While the personal touches to the biography are fragmented due to the destruction of Washington's letters, a well-rounded picture of our first president is presented. by Jack N. Rakove Year Published:This is a short presidential biography. As the cover states, "Rakove examines both the life and legacy of this Founding Father, showing how the ideological foundation helped build still supports our nation today." by Gary Hart Year Published:In most history classes, the brief mention of Monroe concerns the Monroe Doctrine. However, in this short biography, Gary Hart presents many of Monroe's experiences from early military service to his time as president. by David McCullough Year Published:This is my favorite book. Of all of the founding fathers, John Adams has the largest surviving records of correspondence. David McCullough paints such a vivid picture of our second president in this book. For those that enjoy presidential biographies, this is a must. by Paul C. Nagel Year Published:A presidential biography deeply grounded in personal correspondence. Paul Nagel describes the complete, and oftentimes conflicted, career of John Quincy Adams. by Randy Pausch Year Published:In this national bestseller, Randy Pausch documents his experience of giving his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University. "In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration, and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come."
by Malcolm Gladwell Year Published:In his follow-up to his best-seller, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell explores the human unconscious by investigating the split-second decisions that each of us make. by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering and Jane E. Pollock Year Published:This text provides research on best practices that improve student achievement. The text is broken down by instructional strategies. by Keith A. Acheson and Meredith D. Gall Year Published:As the cover of the book states, "[The text] offers straightforward guidance for supervising teachers and encourages professional growth." The authors' work provides resources for administrators and teachers regarding the supervision process. by Miriam E. Kragness, Ph.D. Year Published:This reflective resource asks its users to investigate their own leadership qualities. After utilizing the activities in the text, users will have a better sense of their leadership style and areas that they may need to improve in order to be a successful leader. by Jeffrey Glanz Year Published:Jeffrey Glanz text is more of a workbook. Readers are asked to reflect on specific situations. After reflecting on the situations, readers discover information about their leadership style. by Laurel Schmidt Year Published:Laurel Schmidt provides practical insight for aspiring and veteran administrators. Her text describes the daily life of the principal and keys to success in the principalship. by Jim Collins Year Published:While this book revolves around businesses that moved from good to great, its lessons can apply to any organization. The line that I love from this book is: "Perhaps your quest to be part of building something great will not fall in your business life. But find it somewhere. If not in corporate life, then perhaps in making your church great. If not there, then perhaps a nonprofit, or a community organization, or a class you teach. Get involved in something that you care so much about that you want to make it the greatest it can possibly be, not because of what you will get, but just because it can be done." by Harvey B. Alvy and Pam Robbins Year Published:This text provides new administrators with tips for being successful. The text identifies challenges that new principals face and solutions to these challenges. by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal Year Published:Leading with Soul: an Uncommon Journey of Spirit does not conform to the customary text on Leadership. Rather, it is a piece that stimulates reflection. While the central story involves a business leader, the text is not directed at a single industry of leaders. Every leader is looking for success in their endeavors. This text forces leaders to ask critical, reflective questions. by Malcom Gladwell Year Published:Of all of Gladwell's books, I enjoyed this one the most. There are several points that Gladwell makes in his book. First, "The sense of possibility so necessary for success comes not just from inside us or from our parents. It comes from our time: from the particular opportunities that our particular place in history presents us with." Second, "Autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward--are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying." Lastly, "If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires." I highly recommend this book. by Terrence E. Deal and Kent D. Peterson Year Published:This text analyzes an important aspect of education--School Culture. Deal and Peterson identify elements of school culture and ways that administators can address these issues. by John C. Maxwell Year Published:John Maxwell has traveled the world talking about leadership. While his text has several references to the business world, his leadership lessons apply in multiple contexts. by Carolyn J. Downey, Betty E. Steffy, Fenwick W. English, Larry E. Frase and William K. Poston, Jr. Year Published:The authors take inquiring administrators step-by-step through the process of conducting walk-throughs. In addition, research is presented, which documents the positive effects of conducting walk-throughs. by Malcolm Gladwell Year Published:I love this line from the book. "But if there is difficulty and volatility in the world of the Tipping Point, there is a large measure of hopefulness as well. Merely by manipulating the size of a group, we can dramatically improve its receptivity to new ideas. By tinkering with the presentation of information, we can significantly improve its stickiness. Simply by finding and reaching those few special people who hold so much social power, we can shape the course of social epidemics. In the end, Tipping Points are a reaffirmation of the potential for change and the power of intelligent action."