What’s the Best Book You’ve Read Recently?

We asked NHL’s Gary Bettman, Harris Financial’s Ellen Costello and Third Point’s Daniel Loeb.


Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

by Doug Stanton

“An absolutely riveting, and true, story. I was struck by the fact that soldiers who had access to the most sophisticated weaponry in the world still had to operate under primitive conditions to make their mission succeed — the ultimate in teamwork.”

— Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League

Ellen Costello

Ellen Costello

Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

“It’s a different perspective on success: Gladwell says those who achieve it are not necessarily uniquely talented — they are often talented people presented with unique opportunities. This, together with drive and perseverance, is key. Who would have thought that playing 12 hours a day, every day, in rundown Hamburg bars would produce the Beatles?”

— Ellen Costello, CEO, Harris Financial Corp.

Daniel Loeb

Daniel Loeb

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

by Josh Waitzkin

“This is a fantastic story of someone who reached high achievement in chess and competitive tai chi, where Waitzkin won a world championship. He is now onto his third conquest: becoming a world champion in Brazilian jiujitsu. From my perspective as a father, investor and leader, it was interesting to learn about his approach to mastery and high achievement.”

— Daniel Loeb, CEO, Third Point