The Summer Reading List for the Rich, by JP Morgan Private Bank

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Today's workaholic wealthy rarely have time to sit back and read a good book – except perhaps for a few weeks in August. That's why JP Morgan Private Bank publishes its summer book list every May, which often serves as a book club for billionaires.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the list, now called the JP Morgan Summer Reading List. The ten books have been carefully curated to suit the tastes and concerns of JP Morgan's wealthy clients. This year's list includes books on effective communication, artificial intelligence, Formula 1, whisky, hidden holiday destinations and the art collection of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

JP Morgan compiled the list by surveying more than 35,000 client advisors and employees worldwide and asking them about the topics clients talk and think about most. This year, the advisors submitted more than 700 recommended book titles, which were watered down by a committee based on topicality and appeal.

“Our clients range from entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs to philanthropists and art collectors,” said Darin Oduyoye, head of communications for JP Morgan Asset and Wealth Management, who has headed the list since its inception. “There are books that fit each of these groups.”

Customers receive an elegant JP Morgan branded box containing one or two books from the list, specifically recommended by their customer advisor. The advisor also includes a handwritten note and a commemorative bookmark.

The list helps advisors connect with clients during the quiet summer months. It also helps at client events, as listed authors often agree to host special dinners or speaking engagements for JP Morgan clients.

Authors also enjoy being on the list because JP Morgan buys thousands of books to distribute and because customers often refer the books to others.

“The list is something that customers and colleagues, and our communities, look forward to,” said Oduyoye.

This year's 25th anniversary edition includes a special “Anniversary Spotlight” highlighting Water.org, the charity founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, and their book “The Worth of Water.”

Here is JP Morgan's 25th Annual Summer Reading List, along with book summaries provided by the bank:

“Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection” by Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg shares the latest research into what makes conversations effective and reveals how we can take our communication to the next level and make stronger connections. Whether it's a divided jury room or the way a CIA officer recruits a foreign agent, Duhigg uses examples to illustrate how we can deliver effective messages by recognizing and tapping into the three layers of every conversation: practical , emotional and social. Duhigg takes us from the writers' room of one of television's most successful sitcoms to the couches of in-demand marriage counselors and shows us that we all have super communicators within us.

“The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness” by Jonathan Haidt

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt lays out urgent facts—and provides a clear call to action—to draw attention to the global epidemic of teen mental illness. Haidt identifies that the widespread use of smartphones and more than a dozen other mechanisms have contributed to the “great rewiring of childhood.” He argues that these technologies have had a profound negative effect on children's social and neurological development and explores what can be done to reverse the significant increases in sleep deprivation, fragmented attention, loneliness, addiction and social comparison. Importantly, Haidt calls for collective action and outlines steps we must all take to end this epidemic.

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection by Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys” published by Phaidon

“Giants” celebrates selections from the world-class art collection of musical and cultural icons Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) and highlights 100 works by nearly 40 multigenerational Black American, African and African diaspora artists. Curated by the Brooklyn Museum for its first-ever major exhibition, the Dean Collection features works by legendary as well as emerging artists, including Gordon Parks, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lorna Simpson, Odili Donald Odita, and Kennedy Yanko. Also 'giants' features exclusive conversations between Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys and curator Kimberli Gant, as well as interviews with 10 of the featured artists.

“Brave New Words: How AI Will Revolutionize Education (and Why That's a Good Thing)” by Salman Khan

Salman Khan, the visionary behind the nonprofit Khan Academy, explores how artificial intelligence (AI) will transform learning in education and the workplace. He demonstrates how AI will not replace human interaction, but rather enhance it with tools to encourage creativity and problem solving. He shows how AI can adapt to each student's individual pace while identifying strengths and areas for improvement. Khan outlines how emerging technologies can create a more accessible education system and offers practical implications for administrators, advisors and human resources managers, as well as thoughtful insights into how we can all use AI in an increasingly digital world.

“Love & Whiskey: The Remarkable True Story of Jack Daniel, His Closest Master Distiller, and the Unlikely Rise of His Closest Uncle” by Fawn Weaver

Entrepreneur Fawn Weaver reveals the untold story of one of America's most iconic whiskey brands. Set in Lynchburg, Tennessee, “Love & Whiskey” follows Weaver's search for the life of Nearest Green, a 19th-century African-American distiller who played a pivotal role in the development of Jack Daniel's whiskey. Weaver navigates through layers of history to unlock the truth about Green's contributions to the spirits industry and his friendship with Daniels, uncovering a story that connects generations. Her findings inspire a new path forward, with Weaver spearheading the creation of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey as a way to honor and celebrate Green's legacy for generations to come.

“The Formula: How Villains, Geniuses and Speed ​​Freaks Redeveloped F1 into the World's Fastest Growing Sport” by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg

In 'The Formula', Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal tell the compelling story of how Formula 1's fearless reinvention led to its breakthrough in America. Featuring fast cars, engineering geniuses, driver rivalries and glamorous environments, 'The Formula' chronicles how F1's 'sudden' arrival in the United States was actually decades in the making. With unfettered access to F1's most legendary teams and icons, from Ferrari to Mercedes, Robinson and Clegg give readers an exciting glimpse into the drivers, companies, cars and risks that have defined the world's fastest growing sport.

“Secret Stays: Pioneering Hosts of the New Chic” by Melinda Stevens, Issy von Simson and Tabitha Joyce

A fascinating exploration curated by Melinda Stevens, Issy von Simson and Tabitha Joyce, “Secret Stays” introduces 22 hidden gems that reflect the dynamic evolution of modern travel. This coffee table book from Assouline, the luxury culture brand, highlights compelling properties and the people who own them – from a remote Croatian monastery to a Japanese Machiya townhome – revealing unique experiences that emerge from a revitalized believe in true, tailor-made hospitality. Through stunning photographs and compelling storytelling, 'Secret Stays' takes a fresh look at the diverse and ever-evolving face of travel today.

Finding Fortunato: How a Peruvian Adventure Inspired the Sweet Success of a Family Chocolate Business” by Adam Pearson

In 'Finding Fortunato', Adam Pearson takes us on a journey through the northern Peruvian jungle with the inspiring story of the entrepreneurial family who struck gold and discovered the legendary Nacional white cacao bean, previously thought to be extinct. Realizing that their success was based on disrupting a traditional, unethical supply chain to instead trade directly with local Peruvian farmers, the family pioneered Fortunato Chocolate, a company that would be described as “the Rolex of chocolate '.

“Uptime: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Well-Being” by Laura Mae Martin

Every day, tens of thousands of Google employees, from interns to C-suite executives, rely on an executive productivity consultant – Laura Mae Martin – to make the most of their time. In 'Uptime', Martin provides easy-to-follow steps to increase productivity, prevent burnout and achieve a better work-life balance. Whether you're dealing with a flood of emails, a jam-packed calendar or a difficult meeting to manage, Martin's strategic approach lays out concrete steps to help you manage your time efficiently, focus on priorities and maintain effective systems and routines.

“The Secret Society of Aunts and Uncles” by Jake Gyllenhaal and Greta Caruso

A playful and heartwarming picture book from Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and his childhood best friend Greta Caruso, “The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles” celebrates the unique, fun role aunts and uncles play in children's lives. This book humorously portrays the call for adventure that being an uncle or uncle brings – from flexible bedtimes to activities with a 'healthy dose of danger' – and paints a loving portrait of these special relationships.

Anniversary spotlight: “The value of water: our story about finding solutions to the world's greatest challenge” by Gary White and Matt Damon

In honor of the 225e To mark the anniversary of JPMorgan Chase's first predecessor – the Manhattan Company, which was founded as a water company – we are proud to highlight 'The Worth of Water' by Gary White and Matt Damon. These two unlikely allies, with a shared mission to end the global water crisis, take readers on a journey to provide communities and families with tools to address their drinking water shortages. White and Damon outline their trial-and-error approach to finding a workable solution and show how the water crisis can be solved through collective action.

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