By InvestmentNews

It’s summer, which means you might have some time to pick up a good book. We ask advisers and industry executives for their recommendations, both of books about business and books on other topics. Here are some of their suggestions.

Russ Hill, Chairman and CEO, Halbert Hargrove

Small Giants
Bo Burlingham
It really does convey the message from its tagline: ‘Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big.’ With all the focus on growth, stepping back to understand the real purpose of your business often doesn’t occur. It’s easy to accept someone else’s definition of success; in fact, it’s difficult to resist.

The entire Aubrey-Maturin series beginning with Master and Commander
Patrick O’Brian
Though it may sound daunting to hear of essentially a single novel about the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, in 20 volumes with about 7,000 pages, my interest never flagged. Patrick O’Brian’s mastery of nautical details is incredible, especially since he was never at sea; he’s been favorably compared with Jane Austen in style and depth.

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