Reading: Week of July 22, 2013

City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism, by Jim Krane

At Executive Travel, we’re working on a special issue on the United Arab Emirates. I have read and referenced this book as I work out the details of the articles I’m editing. It’s a fascinating read about a fascinated place.

Favorite takeaway: Just a generation ago, the bedouin leaders, whose children are now giant real estate moguls, were illiterate.

The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, by Julia Flynn Siler

Earlier this month I read an affable memoir by Robert Mondavi, so this more journalistic and well-rounded presentation of the famous rift in the Mondavi family and the later strife with Mondavi’s sons’ role in the company is amusing me. This is a very meaty read, but for Napa Valley lovers, it’s essential background to understanding the valley’s history and culture.

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