What are your favorite books?
Daniel Quinn Mills is the Albert J. Weatherhead, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus. His tenure at Harvard lasted from 1976 to 2007. He consults with major corporations and governments and lectures about management, leadership, strategy, economics and geopolitics. He is an expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles. An American, Mills is also a member of the Innovation Council of Malaysia, a ministry level council chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mills has been interested in early stage businesses and as a director and investor has helped develop several firms. He has been a director of a publicly listed company, chairing its audit committee for several years. A thought leader, Mills has written books on leadership, geo-politics, investments, capital markets, business strategy, network organizations, demographics, marketing, empowerment, and union relations. His most recent book is Master of Illusions: Presidential Leadership, Strategic Independence and America’s Public Culture, published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. The book explores America’s role in the world in the aftermath of the second Iraqi War.
Widely and often quoted as well as seen in the national media, Mills has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and been quoted in articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Business Week. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.
Question: What are your favorite books?
D. Quinn Mills: Well, I read the Bible all the time. It may be a little bit out of, it is certainly out of fashion in New England. It is not out of fashion in much of the United States. There are enormous insights in that book. As I get older and more experienced in my own life I read things that I read a 100 times before since I was a boy and I realize I ever really understood them at all. So, that's one thing. I am very impressed by the work of a British military historian called whose name was J.F.C. Fuller, who I think is now passed away, but his perception of the broad scope of human history and the relationships of nations and why conflict occured and these kind of thing, which by the way is very different then the general perceptions in United States about these matters, and particularly a three volume work called A Military History of the Western World, which is much more than a military history, is I think one of the most influential things I have ever read and I read it again and again and again.
Recorded on: 9/27/07
The Bible still hasn't gone out of fashion in the US, Mills says.
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