Chad D. Commers

Commercial Real Estate Strategy

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island…” – Walt Disney.  

Below are a selection of books I have found to be helpful in generating new ideas. Many are focused on business and demographics, others about human nature, and one or two novels that opened my eyes to looming risks.

The New Geography of Jobs By Enrico Moretti

Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life By Richard FL

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community By Robert D. Putnam

When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economic Survival Guide By Mark Lautman

Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life By Robert Trivers

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't By Jim Collins

Atlas of Cities Princeton University Press

How Real Estate Developers Think: Design, Profits, and Community (The City in the Twenty-First Century) By Peter Hendee Brown

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike By Phil Knight

The Works: Anatomy of a City By Kate Ascher

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage By Alfred Lansing

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity By David Allen

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich By Timothy Ferriss

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers By Ben Horowitz

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL By Eric Greitens Navy SEAL

1984 (Signet Classics) By George Orwell

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action By Simon Sinek

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business By Gino Wickman

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right By Atul Gawande

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses By Eric Ries

Will and Vision: How Latecomers Grow to Dominate Markets By Gerard J. Tellis

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture By Ross King

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease By Daniel Lieberman

Get a Grip: Turning Better into Best & Adversity into Success By Al Horner

The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy's Only Hope By John A. Allison

Atlas Shrugged By Ayn Rand

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Princeton University Press)) By Benn Steil

Coming Jobs War By Jim Clifton

Big Debt Crises By Ray Dalio

Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis By James Rickards

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition By Jared Diamond

Principles: Life and Work By Ray Dalio

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life By Mark Manson