Nashville Thought-Readers

An exclusive look at the books fueling Nashville leaders.

Steve Turner

Founder, MarketStreet Enterprises

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory

by William Manchester

Read time* 24 hr. 48 min. | 1200 pg.

From master biographer William Manchester, The Last Lion: Visions of Glory reveals the first fifty-eight years of the life of an adventurer, aristocrat, soldier, and statesman whose courageous leadership guided the destiny of his darkly troubled times–and who is remembered as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. [Read more]

This insight into the activities of perhaps the greatest man of the 20th Century is instructive regarding opinions in a growing global political and economic world.

Epic biography of the man Thomas Jefferson called, the colossus of independence.” To be a founding father of the greatest system of government merits close personal scrutiny of his actions.

John Adams

by David McCullough

Read time* 15 hr. 32 min. | 752 pg.

In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history. [Read more]

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Read time* 19 hr. 3 min. | 944 pg.

Winner of the Lincoln Prize, acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. [Read more]

This insightful analysis of the diplomatic, statesman-like skills of one of our greatest presidents is a guidebook for working with conflicting personalities.

Interesting study of how the most qualified man to be President of the United States in the 20th Century became a one term president.

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

by Jon Meacham

Read time* 17 hr. 51 min. | 864 pg.

In this brilliant biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, the diaries of First Lady Barbara Bush, and extraordinary access to the 41st president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. [Read more]

Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row

by Bobby Braddock

Read time* 8 hr. 6 min. | 392 pg.

A working songwriter and musician, Bobby Braddock has prowled the streets of Nashville’s legendary Music Row since the mid-1960s, plying his trade and selling his songs. These decades of writing songs for legendary singers like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Toby Keith are recounted in Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, providing the reader with a stunning look at the beating heart of Nashville country music that cannot be matched. [Read more]

The personal life and experiences of one of country music’s greatest songwriters is a must read for understanding the psyche of the “Creative Class” in Music City.

*Read time estimate based on 250 wpm

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