MERU's Summer Reading List


Need a distraction? Whether you are looking for a book to enjoy during the end of summer vacation or a weekend away from the city, here is our team’s latest collection of great reads that are worth checking out! We'd also love to hear what you're reading and streaming to take your mind off these strange days.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
by Robert Iger

In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, Robert Iger captures the values, ideas, and lessons he learned during his tenure at Disney while serving as CEO from 2005 to 2020. Iger shares his guiding principles for meaningful leadership and many of the driving factors behind his success in reinventing the company. Iger's leadership principles resonated with many of us, and we enjoyed his stories of the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and 21st Century Fox.

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The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win
by Maria Konnikova

After a stretch of personal bad luck and a chance opportunity, Maria Konnikova found herself immersed in the competitive, intense world of high-stakes professional poker. In this real-life story, Konnikova details her purpose of this journey - to learn more about life, herself, and human behavior. This may not help your Zoom poker nights, but it's definitely an entertaining read.

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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
by Joshua Foer

In this nonfiction phenomenon, Joshua Foer embarks on a yearlong adventure to improve and master his memory under the coaching expertise and guidance of “mental athletes”. The dramatic play-by-play of the National Memory Championship reads like a movie, and the tricks Foer acquires to improve his memory turn out to be shockingly simple. Saying "I'm bad with names" is no longer an excuse.


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Principles: Life and Work
by Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio shares his learned experiences about life, management, economics, investing, and more that he acquired over the course of his career. He also explores the importance of meaningful work, relationships, and effective ways to approach challenges and decision-making. Dalio doesn't shy away from discussing his failures, and it makes him all the more relatable. With a focus on advice for organizations and institutions, Dalio's practical advice is beneficial for anyone striving to succeed.


Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World
by Peter Zeihan

What some might call a controversial guidebook, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan presents potential shifts, power struggles and problems within trade agreements and economic systems that create a drastically different world than what operates today. In this interesting read, Zeihan outlines his case for the future by providing insights and predictions of what could come in the next two decades.

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Finally... something to look forward to in 2020. The new, relaunching this fall, will be home to more in-depth insights and thought leadership than ever before, in addition to offering a more dynamic window into what makes our MERU team so successful. We look forward to sharing this new platform with you soon.