As someone who loves to travel and enjoys staying in hotels, I was delighted when my friends at Shadow Mountain Publishing asked me to read Success Is Never Final, the biography of Bill Marriott, by Dale Van Atta. I read a lot of fiction and mystery novels, but I also enjoy biographies and memoirs and this book was no exception.
As familiar as I was with the Marriott hotel chain, I knew nothing about Bill Marriott, who had led the company for many years. I came away with an appreciation for a man devoted to his business, but also to his family and faith and to philanthropy. What I don't generally read are "business" books, and Success Is Never Final is a business book, as well as a biography. Though I probably won't add the genre to my preferred reading list, I found those sections concerning the hotel business very informative.
I was moved to tears by the discussion of the World Trade Center Marriott and the events there on September 11, 2001. Though I am very familiar with most details of that day, I was unfamiliar with all that happened at the hotel that stood next to the World Trade Center. The story of that day was well told and especially poignant as we enter the month of September.
I'm pleased to have added Success Is Never Final to my summer reading. Many thanks again, friends at Shadow Mountain for the opportunity.
I'm enjoying the long weekend, and not having a lot of plans. I spent the afternoon visiting with a friend who broke her leg. It was great to see she is doing well and equally fun to meet her cats. Tomorrow I hope/plan to return to the gym and do several hours of decluttering. Not exciting, but I both worthwhile before the busier days of fall arrive. What are your Labor Day plans?
As ever, thanks for visiting. Again, prayers for safety for those in Dorian's path.
Please note: I was given a copy of Success Is Never Final by Shadow Mountain Publishing for review. The opinions are all mine. .