Firm launches ninth Annual Holiday Reading List

Dec 03, 2015

Press Release

New York — J.P. Morgan today announced the firm’s ninth Annual Holiday Reading List. This year’s selections focus on a celebration of life in stories of transformation and creativity, reflecting the diverse interests of J.P. Morgan’s global client base.

“The J.P. Morgan Holiday Reading List is an annual tradition the firm and our clients look forward to, as we celebrate some of the finest non-fiction titles that have been released this year,” said Darin Oduyoye, Chief Communications Officer for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. “The Holiday Reading List features six books and, for the first time ever, one musical CD that are sure to spark new ideas, thinking and conversation among our entrepreneur, endowment and foundation, business owner and philanthropist clients worldwide.”

In creating the 2015 list, client advisors from J.P. Morgan offices around the globe submitted more than 500 titles. That list was then culled based on timeliness, quality, author credentials, innovation of ideas and global client appeal.

The annual holiday list is an ever-evolving project designed to reflect the life and times of J.P. Morgan clients and employees, which made the choice to put a musical CD on the list for the first time an easy one.

“The phenomenal prose in ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ are mesmerizing music fans worldwide,” Oduyoye said of the featured CD. “This original cast album had an historic debut on Billboard’s rankings, and combined with the overwhelming popularity of the Broadway show, it is sure to be a unique and memorable holiday gift. We are excited to share this story with our clients – a story that stretches back amid the history of JPMorgan Chase, with Aaron Burr founding our earliest predecessor company. This year’s book selections, along with this musical that originated from Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, truly offers a diverse curation of transformation and creativity for everyone.”

The seven titles selected for the 2015 J.P. Morgan Holiday Reading List are:

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, by Jimmy Carter. From his childhood in rural Georgia to a lifetime spent in the international spotlight, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has embodied the American dream. Here he tells his life story with his characteristic frankness, presenting a wonderfully illustrative tale. President Carter is thoroughly captivating in this most recent work, guiding the reader on a tour of one of the most fascinating lives in American history.

America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve, by Roger Lowenstein. The struggle to create the Federal Reserve System in 1913 now seems a harbinger of the continued discussion around present-day banking regulations. In America’s Bank, renowned financial journalist Lowenstein illuminates a period of great transformation, and brings to life the key figures who helped lay the foundation for the U.S. financial system. Readers are sure to be mesmerized by the book’s gripping depiction of the founding of the Fed.

Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Cast Recording), by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The history of JPMorgan Chase will forever be tied to Alexander Hamilton, who lost his famous duel in 1804 to Aaron Burr, founder of The Bank of The Manhattan Company, the firm’s earliest predecessor. Today, Hamilton’s life is honored in song and story. The soundtrack of Broadway’s current popular musical captures the incomparable life of a Founding Father with unforgettable tunes that mix hip-hop and history with energy and elegy.

I Am Because You Are: How the Spirit of Ubuntu Inspired an Unlikely Friendship and Transformed a Community, by Jacob Lief, Andrea Thompson. Jacob Lief discovered the true meaning of humanity as a student in South Africa and went on to found the Ubuntu Education Fund. I Am Because You Are is a rough translation of the word “Ubuntu” and a manifestation of the idea itself. This thrilling book details Lief’s friendship with a local teacher and how their devotion to education shaped their vision for the Fund, which offers an innovative model for lifting needy children out of poverty.

Life is Good: The Book, by Bert Jacobs, John Jacobs. Since founding their company in 1994, brothers Bert and John Jacobs have grown the Life is Good brand from a street phenomenon into an international company worth more than $100 million. In a story sure to resonate with Next Gens and entrepreneurs, the brothers relay how optimism drove their success, and illustrate the “superpowers” that everyone unknowingly possesses. Life is Good: The Book is the new how-to guide for success in business–and life.

Maya Lin: Topologies, by Maya Lin, text by Michael Brenson, William L. Fox and Paul Goldberger, foreword by John McPhee. Celebrated as the architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 2014 Gish Prize winner Maya Lin is a true public artist, creating fascinating works designed to highlight the landscape. Topologies showcase 50 projects from a brilliant career spanning three decades. From oceans in the mountains to rivers indoors, Lin redefines “environmentally conscious” and blurs the distinction between art and architecture.

Who Gets What–and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design, by Alvin E. Roth. Who better than a Nobel Prize winner to offer entrepreneurs a better understanding of market design? Economic Sciences Laureate Alvin Roth has designed “matching markets” to help medical students find residencies and kidney donors find patients. In Who Gets What–and Why, he takes a look at world markets that aren’t necessarily shaped by money, and how the players within these markets can discover the most beneficial outcomes.


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