Goldman Sachs – 2019 Back-to-School Reading List

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In the fifth annual Goldman Sachs Reading List, the firm’s leaders across the globe share recommendations from their bookshelves, ranging from biographies and literary fiction to essays on politics and sociology.

The Road to Character, by David Brooks, is a must read for Dane Holmes, head of Human Capital Management. The book “is an interesting examination of all the things that could make us better…better leaders, better citizens, better people. By recounting the journeys of bold-faced names from throughout history, Brooks reminds us that the pathway to character isn’t always a smooth and straight one.”

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, by Melinda Gates, is “a thought-provoking and inspiring account of the positive chain reaction unleashed by the investment in women,” says Anna Skoglund in the firm’s Investment Banking Division in London. By blending Gates’ own “personal journey of discovery with those of her heroes…[she makes] a convincing call to action.”

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl, is a “firsthand account of [the author’s] survival in Nazi death camps…and the hope arising from the same atrocity,” says Rohini Eapen, who leads Treasury Services in Bengaluru. “Reading this book is truly inspirational and encourages us to find greater meaning and purpose in our lives.”

The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro, “is a story of generational change with socioeconomic and political transformation during the period between the Great World Wars,” says Zheng Li in the firm’s Investment Banking Division in Hong Kong. “The questions raised by the transformation are all very relevant today and leads to introspection of one’s life purpose as well as the human quest of identity.” 

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