Mauck & Baker Summer Reading List

Though summer is nearing completion, reading season never should be limited. Here are some book recommendations from around the office.

Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets 

The book contains lots of thrilling testimonies of answered prayers and plenty of challenges to our constrained prayers habits. I recommend it to mature believers who already pray frequently but also sense they need to enlarge, deepen or quicken their prayers.--John W. Mauck, Partner

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Though nonfiction, Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat has all the makings of a really good novel and is reminiscent of another bestseller, Unbroken. This true story, set in the days leading up to and through the Great Depression, chronicles the University of Washington’s crew team in its unlikely journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics in search of glory and gold. Following the life of Joe Rantz—a Washington farm boy abandoned as a child—the story recounts Rantz’s inward journey toward healing through the sacrifice and resulting bonds that came as this remarkable team, made up of the sons of Pacific Northwest farmers, fisherman and lumberjacks, learned to row together and overcome every obstacle in the most demanding of all sports. Its sweep of American history in the 30’s is one further testament to “the greatest generation.” Once you start it, I dare you to put it down.--Richard C. Baker, Partner

The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech by Kimberley Strassel

From the IRS targeting scandal, to forcing businesses out of the public debate, to intimidation of those supporting traditional marriage, this book supplies the names, dates and events which demonstrate a coordinated effort to enforce a progressive monopoly on public debate and drive other voices, including Christians and supporters of free markets, from the public square. Ms. Strassel provides a lively narrative as she connects the dots. It is a must read leading up to the election.--Whitman H. Brisky, Partner

The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief by Susan Allen

The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief, by Susan Allen, is an enjoyable children’s book about the life of America’s 40th president. My boys (7 and 4 years old) have enjoyed reading and re-reading about Ronald Reagan’s riveting life. In fact, a family babysitter once reported that upon tucking the boys to bed one night, my eldest, out of nowhere, thanked God for Ronald Reagan. Since the babysitter was not familiar with the book or that the boys had been reading it, she was surprised by their heartfelt appreciation for the life and work of the Gipper.--Noel W. Sterett, Partner

The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans

“The Coming of the Third Reich” is the first installment of Richard Evans’ three-volume history (which also includes “The Third Reich in Power” and “The Third Reich at War”) exploring the complex set of circumstances that led the rise of a fringe political group known as the Nazis. Collectively, the three volume set is considered by many historians to be the definitive account concerning Hitler and the Nazis. More than history, however, this book offers valuable lessons for our time when politics seems to be at an all-time low. How did we get here? As always, history can offer some insight.--Sorin A. Leahu, Associate

Nixon and Mao: The Week That Change the World by Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillen’s Nixon and Mao tells the story of how two infamous world leaders came together to end an icy decades-long standoff between the United States and China. MacMillen does a masterful job weaving in the week’s events with its historical context, including biographies of Nixon, Mao, Henry Kissinger, and many others. At first glance, the subtitle “The Week That Changed the World” struck me as overblown, but the book gives plenty of evidence to support this claim. And as if to vanquish any remaining doubt, I realized that I have two sisters adopted from China who I may have never met had events gone differently.--Andrew S. Willis, Communications Manager