Masters of Enterprise - Giants of American Business from John Jacop Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey
It's a series of short biographies about Americans who changed the world. It begins with Astor and ends with Gates. The author, H.W. Brands, offers eye-opening insights into the qualities that these people shared and he writes so beautifully. You can pick up the book and read any of the stories in no particular order. However, if you start at the beginning and work your way through you'll gain a greater understanding of the forces that have driven American business throughout the years. This is one of those books that helped me make connections to so many things. I filtered what I know about heating and heating history through the lives of these people. As I considered what was going on in America at a certain time, I was better able to understand why certain systems of central heating came to be when they did. I'm sure that wasn't the author's intent, but we all bring something different to each book we pick up, don't we? This one made me think in a somewhat different way, and that's what a good book should do. Good stuff!