It’s none of your damn business where I keep mine. But LFG perched hers on one of my bookshelves. He seems to be cheering on a unit of one hundred year old lead toy soldiers while being supervised by a Charvet collared Alberto Santos Dumont in the background. Pretty much sums up my world over here. And don’t start tisk-tisking so soon. You’d probably enjoy yourself here in the playhouse.
Stephen Ambrose Pegasus Bridge is plank one of the Monkey Perch. I’m still in awe of the brave men who went in the night before D-Day in those death trap Horsa Gliders. And you remember my story about Bill Millin piping Lord Lovat et al over Pegasus Bridge...right?
Porter’s Redefining Healthcare is next. And it should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate in the American healthcare dialogue. Hear me when I say with measured humility, that most of you and certainly most of America remain clueless regarding the complexities of the healthcare economic, or clinical for that matter, engine that runs seventeen percent of our economy. And Porter is the uber strategist. Played kick-ass golf at Princeton before going on and getting his advanced degrees at Harvard. He’s interested in the application of strategy in visual arts and music and he’s the father of two daughters. Probably a cool guy to have a cocktail with.
Listen, you can’t do something as heavy as Porter without then adding a dollop of whimsy to the pile. So yes, you can find randomanalia and esoterica as farfetched as a little picture book on Cricket Club ties. These long out of print books are going for crazy money these days. I’ll sell you this one for fifty bucks.
The MCC colours are rather fetching. Maybe in a tie only though. This bad boy, Sir Tintin, an MCC member in full, was obviously over damn whelmed by the enormity of his coat. His getup has gone.
In Carolina Clay, Leonard Todd shares the saga of his quest to uncover the story of a slave, once owned by his family, who made clay pots and jugs in South Carolina.
Warriors Rage gave me, the strategy guy, a renewed appreciation for tactics. The fire and maneuver skills of modern day tank soldiers are impressive on one hand and when assessed in tandem with their technology and ordnance…chilling on the other. One of my clients is featured in the book...an individual...not a corporation.
And finally, my Daniel Silva novel that he signed for me and LFG at the book fair in 2009. I’ve just started his newest novel…having delayed beginning it since I finish them in about a day or so and he only writes one book per year.
Ok, that’ll do it for LFG’s monkey. If you don’t do anything else today, make sure you put your monkey where it belongs.