KB's TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2015

January 12, 2016

KB's TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2015

KB's TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2015

I love to read, and I have a lot of friends and family that love to read as well.  I thought it would be fun to send a list with brief reviews of the 10 best books I read in 2015.  I hope you enjoy this list, and maybe discover something you might read yourself!     -Kyle Barrett, Bighorn Founder


This is the best book I read this year.  It's the true story of Lewis and Clark.  Much of the detail is taken directly from the journals that Meriwether Lewis kept during the expedition across America in 1805.  It's fascinating history and I couldn't believe how little I knew about it before reading.  An amazing glimpse into how wild America was before the west was settled.

This is the most informative and important book on climate change I have read to date.  Naomi Klein explores climate change from social, environmental, political and economic perspectives.  A great book for anyone looking to get a better understanding of the impact free market capitalism has had on our planet.  The time is now to reconsider some of our "free market" thinking and restructure the global economy to make a more sustainable system and require more responsibility. 

I keep going back to this book. For anyone considering starting a business, social venture, charity or anything else - this is a must read. Blake Mycoskie started TOMS in his apartment in LA in 2006, and by 2014 they had sales over $1 Billion and had given away over 20 million pairs of shoes to children in need.  Blake is a true pioneer for the "one for one" business model.  It's an amazing story about how business can be a tool for doing good.  
WHAT IF - Randall Munroe

I don't have a science mind, but I am curious about many science related things.  Randall Munroe went from being a rocket scientist at NASA to answering pretty much any question imaginable using simple language and stick figure drawings.  Extremely interesting, extremely funny.  Ever wonder if you could make a jet pack out of machine guns?  Or if you could build a lego bridge from New York to London?  Probably not, but now you can find out anyway!
SICK IN THE HEAD - Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow is the writer/producer/director of the funniest movies made in the last 10 years like Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin, and Trainwreck to name a few. As you can imagine, he had quite the rolodex of comedians who were happy to chat with him for this book.  It's a series of interviews with classic comedians like Mel Brooks and Steve Martin, and more recent stars like Seth Rogen and Amy Shumer.  The conversations are about comedy, but also about things we can all relate to like family, business and insecurities.  There's something in here for everyone.  

THE RESPONSIBLE COMPANY - Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley

Yvon Chouinard is the founder of Patagonia, the outdoor apparel brand, and Vincent Stanley is another long time Patagonia executive. This is a guidebook on how to make any company more environmentally and socially responsible.  And how by doing so, you can actually improve your bottom line.  Side note, this is not the story of Patagonia, thats another great book called Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard.
LIFE - Keith Richards

This one is pure fun.  This is a must-read for anyone who listens to the Stones.  Actually, this is a must-read for anyone who listens to any rock and roll.  It's Keith Richards, need I say more?
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION - Elizabeth Kolbert
There have been five mass extinctions over the last half-billion years; and scientists around the world believe we are currently in the middle of the sixth.  Unfortunately, it's widely believed that humans are the catalyst for this new mass extinction.  Humans have altered the planet more than any species before.  Elizabeth Kolbert provides compelling examples of the extinction happening everyday in plain sight. 
ICE CREAM SOCIAL - Brad Edmondson

One of the most difficult things in business is staying true to your mission.  This is the story of a brand that fought to keep their mission alive the whole way.  From the time it was just a scoop shop in Vermont, to long after Unilever bought the company, Ben & Jerry's beat extreme adversity and stayed true to their three part mission: making the world’s best ice cream, supporting progressive causes, and sharing the company’s success with all stakeholders: employees, suppliers, distributors, customers, cows, everybody.

Yes that Bill Nye, the science guy!  If you're around my age, you remember him from videos our science teachers showed us in 5th grade.  Similar to Randall Munroe mentioned above for What If, Bill Nye is great at explaining scientific things to non scientific people.  In this book he writes about climate change in terms anyone can understand.  More importantly, he approaches the subject with hope and offers sometimes simple, sometimes far out, ideas on how we can fight global warming and create a better world.  



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