Anne Nelson’s new book reviewed in the Wall Street Journal

An unsung hero of the French Resistance, Suzanne Spaak risked everything to save Jewish children from deportation to Auschwitz. Diane Cole reviews Suzanne’s Children by Anne Nelson.

“My children are safe while others are threatened.” That anguished thought gave Belgian heiress Suzanne Spaak the determination to risk everything to protect Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Paris from deportation to, and probable death in, concentration camps. Although absolute numbers are hard to come by, author and playwright Anne Nelson estimates in her immersive chronicle, “Suzanne’s Children,” that Spaak and her Resistance colleagues may have helped save hundreds of young Jewish lives. [WSJ.com––paywall protected]

Liza Mundy’s Code Girls is out now


Liza Mundy’s new book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War IIis out now. Check out coverage in Politico and the Washington Post:

In the past few years, forgotten women of science, from the genteel astronomers who classified the stars at the Harvard Observatory in the 1890s to the African American mathematicians who staffed NASA in the 1960s, have been rescued and celebrated. If you cheered the recovery of these remarkable pioneers, you will love reading about the women recruited by the Army and the Navy during World War II and trained in secret programs to break Japanese and German military codes. In “Code Girls,” journalist Liza Mundy tells the irresistible tale of the female cryptographers who learned to crack these diabolically difficult systems. Being chosen for this mission changed the lives of more than 10,000 young American women, took them out of their familiar surroundings and prescribed destinies, and offered them a thrilling opportunity to do urgent war work at the nation’s center. [WashingtonPost.com]

Brian Alexander to speak at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit

Brian Alexander, author of Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town, is set to speak at the first ever event.

On October 31st and November 1st, the Obama Foundation will welcome civic leaders from around Chicago, the U.S., and the world to join us for a two-day immersive event in Chicago. During this inaugural Summit, hundreds of leaders from around the world will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world. [Obama.org]

The first of a two-part series on Joe Clement and Matt Miles’ new book in the Washington Post: “Hitting the return key on education”

Joe Clement and Matt Miles teach social studies at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County. They know a teacher who spent six hours jazzing up a lesson on old political cartoons with a PowerPoint presentation. Students pulled laptops off a cart so they could follow and comment on the lesson online. [WashingtonPost.com]

Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson are co-founders of Kitty Hawk, the flying car company


From Kitty Hawk’s website:

Do you dream of flying?

So do we.

For years, our team members have dedicated themselves to inventing world-changing technologies. We’ve learned that to create something that the world has never seen, we have to set aside convention and reimagine everything. That spirit of innovation led us to design and build cars that drive themselves, a human-powered helicopter, an operational airplane with flapping wings, and the fastest bicycle on earth.

When we set out to build the Flyer, we wanted to engineer a personal aircraft that’s easy to fly and accessible for all. We imagined simple controls and advanced electronic capabilities so that you could learn to fly it safely in minutes. We also wanted it to be 100% electric, and take off and land vertically. The Flyer would be so compact that it could fit comfortably in a garage.

And now it’s here.

We unveiled our first working prototype of the Flyer in April 2017. It’s an Ultralight vehicle under Part 103 of the FAA regulations, and you don’t need a pilot’s license to operate it. As you can see, it’s a bit rough around the edges, but we were so excited to show you its capabilities that we couldn’t wait until we finished its design. The consumer version will be available by the end of this year. Until then, follow us social media as we make all our flying dreams come true.

See you in the sky,

Todd Reichert, Cameron Robertson, and the Flyer Team

Nick Riggle’s book at Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur called “Nick Riggle’s new book … a roadmap to achieving awesomeness.” Check out “10 Quotes to Help You Not Suck and Be Awesome, According to an Awesomeness Expert.”

What’s better than being excellent? Apparently it’s being awesome. And we’ll stop you right there: these words are not interchangeable. At least according to Nick Riggle, a philosopher and author of the new book, On Being Awesome. [Entrepreneur.com]

WATCH: Nick Riggle on the importance of ‘being awesome’


Nick was a guest on CBS San Diego discussing his new book.

Nick Riggle dropped out of high school to become a professional skater. After participating in stunt shows and competitions – including three ESPN X Games appearances – Nick then went on to get a Ph.D in Philosophy. Now in his new book, the USD professor is helping people make promising connections and find the meaning of “awesome.” [CBS8.com]