The latest from Liza Mundy due out this fall

Liza Mundy, author of The Richer Sex, is set to publish her next book, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, this October.

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment. [Amazon.com]

Finding heart in finance, sources of inspiration

Mihir Desai’s new book The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return has been reviewed at the Boston Globe.

It’s a cold word, finance, one that conjures stereotypic images of buttoned-up, avaricious I-bankers spouting indecipherable lingo. In his new book “The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return’’ (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Harvard business professor Mihir Desai has tried to give finance a beating heart, to humanize it by viewing it through the lenses of literature, art, philosophy, music, movies, and TV. Desai agrees that the field can be high technical. But examining it through examples drawn from the humanities makes concepts like risk and return, corporate governance, bankruptcy, and valuation easier to grasp. It also forces people to think about financial activity “through a moral lens.” [BostonGlobe.com]

WSJ: Read an excerpt of Daniel McGinn’s new book

At the Wall Street Journal, new speaker Daniel McGinn has published an excerpt from his book, “How to Psych Children Up to Perform.”

A few Saturdays ago, I drove my 16-year-old son to take the SATs. He didn’t say much—a sign that he was a little nervous. With three children, I make these drives—to sports tryouts, auditions and other make-or-break moments of adolescence—frequently. For years, I was never sure what to say during these final moments before they perform. [WSJ.com–login required]

Claire Díaz-Ortiz’s new book One Minute Mentoring featured at 800CEORead

New speaker Claire Diaz-Ortiz’s latest book has been featured at 800CEORead. 

“In One Minute Mentoring, legendary management guru Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, a former Twitter executive and early employee, have teamed up to illustrate why mentoring is the secret ingredient to professional and personal success. Using their own mentor/mentee relationship insights, One Minute Mentoring provides great insight into the power and influence of mentoring and encourages readers to pursue their own mentoring relationships.” [800CEORead.com]

New George Anders book coming in August

George Anders, author of The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else, has just announced his next book, You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education––available for preorder now.

In this book, you will learn why resume-writing is fading in importance and why “telling your story” is taking its place. You will learn how to create jobs that don’t exist yet, and to translate your campus achievements into a new style of expression that will make employers’ eyes light up. You will discover why people who start in eccentric first jobs – and then make their own luck – so often race ahead of peers whose post-college hunt focuses only on security and starting pay. You will be ready for anything.

NY Times: “How to Get the Wealthy to Donate”

Elizabeth Dunn has co-authored a new piece for the Sunday Times.

Wealthy people are selfish jerks. So are their children. That is the implication, at least, of a batch of recent psychological studies. In a 2015 study, for example, preschoolers were told that they had earned enough tokens for “a really great prize.” They could keep the tokens for themselves or share the tokens with children at a local hospital who were too sick to come to the lab. Children from wealthier families kept more tokens for themselves. [NYTimes.com]