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Edwards AFB Technical Research Library: Recommended Reads

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Past Recommendations

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Crucial conversations happen every day to everyone! These are conversations where opinions vary, stakes are high, and emotions run strong. This book was revised in 2022, 20 years after its initial publication, and the added insights are well worth a read whether you read the initial book or not. The tools you will learn as you study this book will help you in both your personal and professional life, so buckle and get ready for a life-changing book! --Wendy Peterson, 812TSS/CL, January 2023

As someone who has suffered from depression and anxiety this book helped me see just how many people have been in a similar place and how one person got through his fight with depression and anxiety.  The author provides a lot of statistics for how many people suffer from mental health disorders and makes many arguments as to why our mental health should be treated the same as physical health. I feel that this book also helps those who haven't suffered from mental health disorders understand what it is like to suffer from depression and anxiety. He verbalizes what many can't find the words to explain what they feel (or don't). I listened to the audiobook, which was read by the author, and I recommend it to everyone. It's a relatively quick read for a book. -- Carolyn, 775 TS/DD, February 2023

In honor of Women's History Month, The Women with Silver Wings is the true story of the women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II  -- Library Staff, March 2023

Published in 2022 and written by Harold Kerzner, Project Management delivers a comprehensive and intuitive approach to project management.    -- Library Staff, March 2023

Described as a must have leadership blueprint for business and military professionals, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Kim “KC” Campbell uses engaging stories to share lessons that will help you lead your employees through the obstacles posed by life and work.  -- Library Staff, May 2023

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Mel Robbins is the celebrated daytime talk show host and Co-Executive Producer of The Mel Robbins Show.  Translated into 32 languages, this book has helped millions of people improve their lives.  A simple, straight-forward read to change your life. -- Library Staff, January 2022.

The insights and perspective of Viktor Frankl, a psychologist and Holocaust survivor, blew my mind and changed my entire perspective on life. He teaches from his experiences to show the reader how to love life by reminding us that those who have a “why” to live, can bear almost any “how”—a lot said from someone who experienced the atrocities of the Holocaust. We have been and continue to endure unimaginable changes in our society and culture over the last few years, and this book reminds me that, “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find meaning in the suffering. Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds meaning, such as the meaning of sacrifice.” I could go on and on with my personal takeaways from this book, but instead I hope you’ll take the time to read or listen to it and discover which parts speak to you.--Wendy Peterson, 812TSS/CL, February, 2022.

I would highly recommend this very easy and quick read if you want to take your ability to relate to others and lead people in your personal and professional life to the next level. Ultimately, if you want to learn how you may be self-sabotaging your effectiveness to achieve happiness and increase happiness in others through great leadership--look no further, this book will help you find your way out of the self-sabotaging trap! I would recommend the audio version as this book is told in an entertaining story format, so you'll be done listening before you know it! --Wendy, 812TSS/CL, May 2022

If you can believe it, this title was recommended to me by a *male* coworker who was astonished to read of the cost that women pay as a result of the gender data gap and data bias in areas from education, healthcare, economic development, etc.  I was shocked to learn that so much data is collected using males as the default human rather than collecting and using sex-disaggregated data. The costs can be deadly--consider looking into the "5-star" crash rating of your vehicle to see who the crash dummy simulates and what the rating would be for a woman or even a male who is not of "average" male size. This is a must-read book for *everyone*.--Wendy, 812TSS/CL, June 2022

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The book Atomic Habits by James Clear transformed my ability to achieve goals through effective habit building. I now focus on identity-based habits vs outcome-based habits (e.g. I am a runner vs. I can run a 10K) and I start with small (atomic) goals that I can effortlessly build upon into my ultimate goal—even if it’s only a 1% improvement that compounds every day, I know it won’t be long before I reach 100% of my goal! I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did! -- Wendy, 812TSS/CL, January 2021.

I highly recommend that members of our workforce at every level read or listen to Extreme Ownership—the audiobook has cool sound effects and is read by the Navy Seal authors themselves! This is one of the most powerful leadership books I’ve read and served a stark reminder that it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.   We all lead up, down, and across every day, so I hope you’ll take the time to learn from this book and apply its principles in your life! -- Wendy, 812TSS/CL, February 2021.

This month’s title was highly recommended to me by numerous leaders for whom I have immense respect.  Its principles for becoming ‘great’ and not stagnating at ‘good’ stand the test of time and can be applied in every facet of your personal and professional life. Key lessons for me included (1) the importance of finding meaning in everything I do—spanning all aspects of my life, (2) the necessity to focus on the things that provide the greatest impact and as hard as it may seem, letting the rest go, and finally (3) the hedgehog concept —which you’ll have to read the book in order to learn about! -- Wendy, 812TSS/CL, March 2021. 

This book provides significant data-based insights into our key strengths that can help us better serve those around us and can also help us reach our highest potential. Each reader is provided an opportunity to complete an online profile that assists them in not only discovering their strengths, but also helps them understand and complement those around them. With this knowledge in mind, Leaders are provided one more tool to develop diverse teams who have many natural and potentially highly developed strengths that can result in extremely high levels of synergistic performance. I highly recommend you not only read NDYS, but embrace the material as a leader and pass onto the leaders you are mentoring and leading! -- Tony, 412 RANS/CL, April 2021.

I read Daniel Pink’s book, “When – The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” on a recommendation from a friend.  It didn’t really interest me, but my friend wasn’t going to stop asking me about the book until I read it.  So, as a compromise, I listened to it on my commute to work.  Then I bought the book and read it again.  And then I read it again and took some notes.  The insights were profound.  This book led me to reorganize my workday, changed the way I drink coffee, altered the way I approach tough conversations, and even transformed my thinking about my weekend naps!  I have often thought carefully about why I will do an activity.  I have often thought carefully about how I will do an activity.  However, this book helps you think carefully about when to do an activity.  Spoiler alert – it matters!  This is a great book for anyone looking to succeed on the job or succeed at home as it helps the reader understand the optimal times to do the tasks each of us needs to do every single day.  Some books will change your thinking without affecting your behavior.  This book will change your thinking AND your behavior. I highly recommend listening to AND reading this book.--  Chuck, 412 TENG/CL, April 2021.

Former US Navy Captain L. David Marquet offers new ideas for empowering people through language to bring their best selves to work, improve their decision-making, and take greater ownership of their responsibilities.  It's a framework that provides balance between deliberation and action, taking bold risks without endangering the mission, and being on a path to continuous improvement.  An excellent progression in this best selling author's collection. -- Library Staff, June 2021.

This book was a critical component for my personal growth as an adult, using quantum physics to help explain how we operate and empowering the reader with practical tools for how to let go of the idea that who you are today is who you have to be tomorrow. There are so many nuggets of wisdom that I now live by and help me become a more elevated version of myself each time I think greater than the circumstances of my life and break a habit of my past conditioning.-- Wendy, 812TSS/CL, July 2021.

Until I read this book I had no idea that a group of women fighting for women’s rights in Syria was a major force in the fight against ISIS. This book tells the story of an all-female militia who faced off against ISIS in the town of Kobani, which turned out to be a turning point in the fight against ISIS.--Carolyn, 775TS/DD, August 2021.

This is a highly profound and impactful book written by an FBI Hostage Negotiator that has helped me in every area of my life. Once I recognized that life itself is a series of negotiations—from getting my children to go to bed on time to advocating for more resources at work, I was able to apply the psychological skills and emotional intelligence I learned from this book to gather data and influence behavior more often and more effectively. The result? I am now able to more quickly and successfully build human connection as the first step in achieving my goals and bringing about effective negotiations. -- Wendy, 812TSS/CL, September 2021.

This book is another must read! There is a wealth of knowledge contained within it on the practice of breathing—something many of us take for granted and do without much awareness. When we bring awareness to our breathing patterns, we have the opportunity to operate at peak efficiency rather than just getting along. As the book states, “There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let air out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.” -- Wendy, 812TSS/CL, October 2021.

This is the biography of a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice--Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown. It is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and serves as a stark reminder that none of us are perfect. It also affirms that an imperfect past doesn’t mean we can’t continue to overcome even the greatest of life’s challenges and become the best versions of ourselves—we just have to keep choosing to persevere. -- Wendy, 812TSS/CL, November 2021.

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