Sunday, September 1, 2019

Success Is Never Final

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. .     


Ginny Hartzler said...

You are making good use of the holiday weekend! We have no plans for the holiday really!

Mevely317 said...

Having enjoyed 15 years in the hotel industry, you've piqued my interest.
We're laying low tomorrow.. it's still far too warm to be outside on purpose!

Anne's Phamilyblog said...

It is amazing the things we learn from hearing about others. It is a shame the media does not share this type of info.
I hope you are doing well and enjoying the Labor Day weekend. Since the loss of our sweet Alastor Avery my phamily seems to move together in large groups. It is good we spend lots of quality time together and we were blessed with the arrival of our son Jeremy and Brittany's second son Blake this August 30. Such a joy considering all of our sadness in August.
Your blog has always been such a joy for me to visit. I am catching up and trying to reorganize my visits so I do not miss a thing. I hope your week is blessed and beautiful HUGS and LOVE

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It sounds like a very interesting read wc all know know the name Mariott the hotels are every where. And appropriately timed with 9/11 on the horizon. . THANKS FOR THE REVIIW. I HAD A LITTLE PARTY yesterdayfor family and friends and so today I'm just relaxing. Happy Labor Day!

Theresa said...

Sounds like a good book to read. We are having an uneventful day here at our house and that's just fine with me:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Thank you for visiting me!!!!!! <3

This sounds like a good read. WHY WHY WHY do we not hear more about stories like this?

<3 Rebecca

Laurel Wood said...

Thanks for the review. Glad your friend is doing well after breaking her leg. I've been doing a lot of decluttering, too. Also, we are making a few improvements to our home. I will be taking a few weeks off from posting on my blog but will still be popping in to visit you. All the best!