The way biographies are researched, and the style of some authors really make the real stories of these individuals interesting. I prefer biographies about business leaders, world leaders and presidents of the United States. One biographical author, Ron Chernow is fantastic because of his efforts to find information about George Washington above and beyond the typical historic details. Everything about his style encourages me to keep reading, his vocabulary, his topics of the subject's life, the injection of his perspective and details - never too long or too erudite... all of it is great for my tastes. The same holds true for my feelings about Edmund Morris and Robert Caro.
So today I am currently reading:
Each one of these books helps me garner the experiences of these great men, and sparks my interest in learning about history, human nature, societies that have come and gone as well great people who have everyday problems.
Fiction, especially the early English literature of Geoffrey Chaucer and Shakespeare, portends the problems in the modern day society. These older authors show the very same human nature and issues humans struggled with then, and still apply today. It can be said that simply reading several times over, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the major plays by William Shakespeare, will prepare you for dealing with the world and all the people in it. While it seems silly to read about these "archaic" stories, these authors describe people, their actions, their decisions and moral compasses perfectly, and apply to every circumstance and situation today. These literary volumes completely encapsulate the entire limited mindset of humanity.
The events and challenges that each of these men are faced with are the exact same lessons found in the great English Literature books of Shakespear and Chaucer.
I gain huge insights into stepping outside of myself and into the shoes of other effective and great leaders. Everytime I read their stories, I feel like I learn more myself.