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DR Recommends: Books Worth Reading

Did you catch the latest DR Radio? In that episode, we covered the latest installment of  “DR Recommends.” In DR Recommends, we take a moment in the show to offer a few books that we think are worth checking out and mulling over because of their significance to our culture today.

In this edition of DR Recommends, Hadley offers up three books for your consideration:

Hard America, Soft America: Competition vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation’s Future

Hard America, Soft America

From the publisher’s description:

A Tale of Two Americas: This groundbreaking book shines a brilliant light on contemporary American life. Michael Barone reveals how the divide between “Hard America” (defined by competition and accountability) and “Soft America” (which tries to shield us from those rigors) explains the state of everything from our economy to our schools to the military to the government and beyond.

 

I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time

I Know How She Does It

From the publishers description:

“Having it all” has become the subject of countless books, articles, debates, and social media commentary, with passions running high in all directions. Many now believe this to be gospel truth: Any woman who wants to advance in a challenging career has to make huge sacrifices. She’s unlikely to have a happy marriage, quality time with her kids (assuming she can have kids at all), a social life, hobbies, or even a decent night’s sleep.

But what if balancing work and family is actually not as hard as it’s made out to be? What if all those tragic anecdotes ignore the women who quietly but consistently do just fine with the juggle?

Instead of relying on scattered stories, time management expert Laura Vanderkam set out to add hard data to the debate. She collected hour-by-hour time logs from 1,001 days in the lives of women who make at least $100,000 a year. And she found some surprising patterns in how these women spend the 168 hours that every one of us has each week.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Getting Things Done

From the publishers description:

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

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