Five Great Books for Fall Fireside Reading

EDITOR’S NOTE: November will see the publication of a lot of good stocking stuffers. There’s Stephen King’s Revival, Denis Johnson’s The Laughing Monsters, and Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon.

Here are five other worthy reads, including one that contains a forward written by our own Norah Lawlor, and another that features a contribution penned by our friend Dr. Jeffrey Bradford. Enjoy!


1.       A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General Assembly by Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Ambassador Nasser Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar presided over the 66th session of the “world’s parliament” – the United Nations General Assembly – at a critical moment in international affairs – from September 2011 to September 2012. He decided to record his experiences in this book, entitled A Year at the Helm of the General Assembly, which was launched this past October.

In this fascinating book, Al-Nasser chronicles the events of a dynamic year for the UN General Assembly, as it responds to a range of global challenges from the world financial crisis to the Arab Spring. He recounts other dramatic moments, such as replacing the Libyan delegation, and a tireless schedule of overseas travel, including joint visits with the Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon to Libya and Somalia.

Al-Nasser launched the book in the company of friends, diplomats, UN officials, and journalists. At the event, Al-Nasser re-affirmed his commitment to promoting a culture of peace, tolerance, and dialogue, an issue that he took to his heart as President of the 66th Session of the General Assembly and continues to uphold in his role as High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. He stressed that he is determined to advance the noble goals of the Alliance to preserve international peace and security and promote tolerance and moderation, particularly against the backdrop of the rising forces of radicalism.

Ambassador Nasser Abdulaziz Al-Nasser’s book, A Year at the Helm of the General Assembly, serves asa unique resource for those interested in knowing more about the world’s most representative body at a crucial moment in recent history.

To purchase A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General Assembly, click here.


2.       Sugar Savvy – The 6-Week Solution to Kicking Your Sugar Addiction for Life by High Voltage


Health and fitness pioneer High Voltage (aka Kathie Dolgin), who created the groundbreaking Energy Up! Program, is back with Sugar Savvy – a fun and empowering 6-week program to get your weight down and energy levels up.

Many of us lead such busy lifestyles. We need to feel good and have the energy for all the activities we love. But the foods we count on to get us there actually make us feel worse – and can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, wrinkles, and even cancer.

In Sugar Savvy, High Voltage says it’s time to stop this and take control of your health and happiness. High Voltage’s solution is more than a diet; Sugar Savvy an eye-opening, confidence-building, life-affirming program that will empower you from the top down and inside out.

High Voltage demonstrates just how addictive sugar really is, saying it triggers the same reward receptors as a cascade of feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine as cocaine. Science shows that when we overload on sugar our brain receptors actually change, making it hard to regulate how much we eat. And when you’re shaky, irritable and looking for your next food “fix,” you may not even realize it—but you’re hooked. In Sugar Savvy, High Voltage will teach you how to reset your taste buds and attitude so you can take control of food.

Sugar Savvy includes a complete 6-week eating and exercise plan, easy-to-assemble Power Meal Formulas, more than 40 simple Power Meals and Snacks, moving affirmations that move your body and spirit, inspirational stories and advice from the 17 Sugar Savvy Sisters who tried our program (every single one of them lost weight), and much more.

To purchase Sugar Savvy, click here.


3.       Manners that Matter Most – The Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World by June Eding with foreword from Norah Lawlor.


Manners that Matter Most lays out the basics of grace, etiquette and good manners in one beautiful package. Etiquette is one of the most valuable assets a person can have: knowing how best to present yourself, and how to deal with others in a direct, effective manner, is paramount in all personal, professional, and social relationships.

Manners That Matter Most, published by Hatherleigh Press and distributed by Penguin Random House,is part of The Little Book, Big Idea series, which was created to provide everyday people with useful wisdom to improve their lives. This edition seeks to resurrect the bygone customs of good manners and graceful style, all while updating and applying them to the modern age.

As tempers and tensions rise on the international stage, the lessons of courtesy, respect and dignity that Manners That Matter Most has to offer have never been more necessary and more valuable. The book includes a simple “do’s and don’ts” format which makes it an easy read to start improving your social interactions straight away. This fun title makes a great gift for anyone seeking to help ensure the success of a family member, friend, or employee.

The book also includes a special foreword by Norah Lawlor, the Founder and Principal of Lawlor Media Group Inc., a New York-based boutique strategy PR firm focused on a luxury lifestyle clientele. She has both written and contributed to a range of publications on the social and society scene in New York, the Hamptons, and internationally.

Manners that Matter Most is on sale from November 25, 2014. It can be pre-ordered online from and will be sold at Barnes & Noble stores.


4.       Case Studies in Defence Procurement & Logistics – Vol. II – From Ancient Rome to the Astute Class Submarine (Various including contribution by Dr. Jeffrey Bradford)


Students and practitioners of the UK defense acquisition community have contributed to a second volume of case studies authored by the UK Defense Academy and published by prestigious Cambridge University Press.

The second volume, entitled Case Studies in Defence Procurement & Logistics, contains seventeen cases focusing on defense procurement and logistics issues that will provide an excellent learning opportunity to a variety of readers. This wide-ranging audience will include military personnel, those on defense education and training programs, employees of the defense industry, those in defense agencies and those engaged in defense and security-related research (an example being under- and postgraduate students on international politics and strategic studies courses). The book will also be of relevance to students undertaking procurement and supply chain management courses that are not necessarily intended for military or defense careers. This is because many of the cases focus upon fundamental aspects which pervade all the relevant areas of, for example, logistics.

Contributor and Transatlantic defense consultant Dr. Jeffrey Bradford provides a former classified analysis of the acquisition of the Bowman communication system supplied to the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force which involved an extensive interview program encompassing  the acquisition and end-user community during its development.

To purchase Case Studies in Defence Procurement & Logistics – Vol. II, click here.


5.       A History of New York in 101 Objects by Sam Roberts

When The New York Times’ urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts carefully selected fifty objects that embody the narrative of New York for a feature article in the paper, suggestions flooded in from readers, so he expanded the list to 101 and published the book, A History of New York in 101 Objects.

The book, published by Simon & Schuster, 2014, tells the vibrant story of America’s great metropolis in a unique way, through distinctive objects including wooden water barrel, a bagel, checker taxicab and elevator brake. It is a beautiful book, laid out in luscious, full color.

A History of New York in 101 Objects is a beautiful chronicle of the 400-plus-years of the Big Apple’s remarkable history that will enrich your mind and rekindle memories with quintessentially New York artifacts.

The objects Roberts selected are also currently the subject of an exhibition entitled, ‘A Brief History of New York: Selections from ‘A History of New York in 101 Objects’, which runs through November, 30 at the New York Historical Society (

To purchase A History of New York in 101 Objects, click here.


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