Full disclosure: none of these books were actually read in June, but just between the time I last wrote a book review post and now.
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
This has been on my list of books to read for a while, just because I’ve heard so many references to it. Since I’ve been super into the self-help mumbo jumbo lately, I completely ate it up. I love that Carnegie inserts both historical stories and stories from his students into the book – it definitely helps in applying concepts to a real-life setting.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson
category: historical non-fiction
Eh… this book was OK. There are some truly beautiful descriptions in it, but I’m of the opinion that it follows too many different characters around and has a sense of lack of cohesiveness. For example, even though they all do come together in the shipwreck, most of the characters never even see each other. Since this was the case, I would much rather have read a collection of independent stories that were bound together rather than jumping from person to person.
Interview with Erik Larson (he does a really great job of selling this book):