Book Recommendations From Business Leaders and Cultural Influencers
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Book Recommendations From Business Leaders and Cultural Influencers

By Fang Block
Tue, Dec 15, 2020Grey Clock 2 min

Jenny Johnson

President and CEO, Franklin Templeton

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II, by Sonia Purnell

“This is a remarkable story of an American woman who served as a secret undercover agent in France during World War II—first as a spy for the British Intelligence agency SOE, because the U.S. state department refused to let her join, and then later for the U.S. She had unbelievable success in mobilizing the French resistance—fortunately, unconscious bias worked in her favor, as the Germans could not imagine that a woman with a disability could be so effective at undercover work—including bold prison breaks! Despite her success, the SOE refused to promote her, until finally it became abundantly clear that she was far more effective than her

superiors, and she was appointed to a leadership position.”

Greg Norman

World Golf Hall of Famer, Chairman and CEO, Greg Norman Co. 

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations, by Ronen Bergman

“The book was recommended by a few of my friends. I recently went on a trip to Israel and was fascinated by how such a small nation has had such a difficult history. This book really showcased how hard Israel has fought and continues to do so for its sovereign rights.”

David Hunt

President and CEO, PGIM 

The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind, by Raghuram Rajan

“While the globalization of capitalism has been responsible for lifting millions of people out of poverty, in an age of rising inequality, many are rightfully questioning the system as a whole. Rajan’s The Third Pillar offers an

excellent framework to understand the problems associated with market-based economic systems and help us think about solutions.”

Dana Canedy

Senior Vice President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster

White Ivy, by Susie Yang

“I absolutely love fiction with characters that are so richly realized and that defy stereotypes and show us new ways to see cultures and the people who make them so complex and vibrant. Yang does not disappoint, with this brilliant work of literature that offers a unique view of the immigrant experience and left me thinking about class and character in unexpected ways.”

Cristina Mariani-May

CEO, Banfi Vintners

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, by David Goggins  

“I was inspired by Goggins ’ perseverance and drive. As a working mom who recently reorganized her business after 100 years of being family owned and operated and who worked to reposition it for today and the next generation, I really loved the role model I found in Goggins. I am also an ultra-marathon runner, and David tells amazingly detailed stories of long-distance trail runs. If you want to feel empowered, read this book!” 

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Treechangers seeking a home and income should take note of this west coast property in picturesque Pickering Brook in the Perth Hills, which comes with its own live-in residents.

Known as ‘the Margaret River of the Hills’ the area boasts stunning bushland while being just 30 minutes from all the amenity Perth has to offer.

With eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, this property is a home and business, operating as a thriving day spa, Hidden Valley Eco Lodges and Day Spa.

The private main residence is made of rammed earth for thermal comfort and has three bedrooms, luxurious bathroom and a large open plan living area. A private jacuzzi on the spacious entertaining deck is the perfect spot for enjoying beautiful bushland views at the end of a long day.

For day spa guests, there are four deluxe spa treatment rooms serviced by qualified staff, a reception area and lounge plus a commercial kitchen. Overnight guests can choose from five lodges with fully equipped kitchen and heated jacuzzi. As a going concern with a consistently high annual turnover, it’s a unique opportunity for the right buyer.

Set over 5.46ha, the property is also home to a very special group of residents: a small herd of alpacas, which are included in the sale.

Price guide: $6.5 million

Inspection: By expression of interest

Agent: Susanne Broido, The Agency 0499 770 237