Influential words | On the bookshelf

Who are the influential people in our lives? They can be from within our circle of family and friends, but they also can be people we’ll never meet — speakers, sports stars, political leaders, social advocates or authors. Books featuring them may prove influential in the lives of their readers.

Who are the influential people in our lives? They can be from within our circle of family and friends, but they also can be people we’ll never meet — speakers, sports stars, political leaders, social advocates or authors. Books featuring them may prove influential in the lives of their readers.

“More Than A Coach: What It Means To Play For Coach, Mentor, And Friend Jim Tressel,” by David Lee Morgan Jr., with foreword by Jim Tressel (hardcover,Triumph Books, 2009, 198 pages, $24.95). “I decided (when I first became a head coach) that our purpose was going to be to help prepare men to live meaningful lives well beyond football,” Ohio State University’s football coach says. Stories about athletes who have played for Tressel show how deeply their coach and his philosophy impacted their lives.

“You Can’t Predict A Hero, From War to Wall Street, Leading in Times of Crisis,” by Joseph J. Grano Jr. (hardcover, Jossey-Bass, 2009, 223 pages, $27.95). “Joe Grano is one of America’s great business leaders,” former auto executive Lee Iacocca writes in the foreword to this book. “There is no one better at leading in a time of crisis.” The man credited with saving PaineWebber is a decorated war hero and was chairman of the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council for four years after 9/11. Nothing is risked by listening to his advice.

“Leading the Charge, Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom,” by Gen. Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz (hardcover, Palgrave MacMillan, 2009, 243 pages; $25). “From one of America’s most respected and experienced military leaders and strategic thinkers comes a real, unvarnished, thorough examination of leadership,” reviews former Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. Its publisher calls this book “indispensable reading for anyone who aspires to lead today and in the future.”

“The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team,” by Mike Krzyzewski with Jamie K. Spatola (hardcover, Business Plus, 2009, 236 pages, $25.99). “The Gold Standard” is more than a collection of memories by the coach of the U. S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. It’s a text for team building. “And in the end, you’ll witness the rewards of team building,” the publisher says, “including the tremendous triumph people feel when they truly become a part of something bigger than themselves.”

“Shooting Stars,” by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger (hardcover,The Penguin Press, 2009, 258 pages, $26.95). Here is a story of the friendship of a “bunch of kids from Akron, Ohio — LeBron James and his best friends — who first met on a basketball team of the same name (Shooting Stars) when they were 10 and 11 years old,” the publisher explains. Years later at high school together they became men, claim the authors of this inspirational book, while wrestling with James’ success.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass