Although not "business books," these six titles (all recommended by CXO Media staff) take on issues important to business readers\u2014conscience, corruption, leadership, organizational politics, power and the nature of success\u2014and are offered as an opportunity to diversify your summer reading list.\n \n\n\nTo Kill a Mockingbird\n\n \n\n\n\nBy Harper LeeScout Finch narrates this unflinchingly candid story of growing up during the Depression in the deep South. She whiles away the summers playing games with her older brother and their friend, plotting with them ways to make a reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley (the bogeyman-designate of the town\u2019s children), "come out." Then her attorney father takes on the defense of a black man charged with raping a white woman. When the fallout from the trial intersects with the ongoing saga of Boo Radley, Scout and the reader learn a lesson about the dehumanizing effects of prejudice (of all kinds) as well as the need to stand up for justice\u2014even at great personal risk.\n\n\n\nMaking the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art\n\n \n\n\n\nBy Thomas HovingAn aging, elitist organization hires a brash, thirtysomething hotshot to turn things around. During the next 10 years, he makes the moribund institution over into a bottom-line- and growth-oriented business enterprise with an expanded customer base. Then his board shows him the door. In this tell-all memoir, he reveals what it took to accomplish the transformation, and it\u2019s not a pretty picture. The infighting and backbiting he describes will probably be all too familiar to readers, even though the organization that this amusing and erudite book exposes isn\u2019t a corporation at all, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art.\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Killer Angels\n\n \n\n\n\nBy Michael ShaaraIn the green pastures of rural Pennsylvania near Gettysburg, 50,000 soldiers were killed in a bloody three-day encounter that has since achieved mythic status in American history. Among the many vignettes of leadership in this absorbing chronicle, one of the most inspiring is the story of Col. Joshua Chamberlain\u2014an academic with no military training whose innate courage and strategic abilities were tested and proven in action, as his 20th Maine infantry regiment held the Union\u2019s left flank at a tipping point of the battle.\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York\n\n \n\n\n\nBy Robert A. CaroA public works czar for more than 40 years, he created New York\u2019s parks and beaches, public housing, highways and bridges. Was this master builder a Roosevelt, a Rockefeller, a La Guardia, a Lindsay? No. The single most powerful person ever to hold sway in New York (both city and state) was a private citizen, Robert Moses. Through the sheer force of his personality and will\u2014and without ever being elected\u2014he commanded the workings of every municipal institution, public and private. This cautionary tale reveals how, as Moses accumulated power, power eventually became an end in itself. For better or worse, present-day New York City is in many ways a monument to this one man\u2019s unchecked megalomania.\n\n\n\n\nUndaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West\n\nBy Stephen Ambrose\n\nThe Lewis and Clark Expedition was sent by President Jefferson to explore the mostly unknown territory the United States had purchased from France in an 1802 treaty that overnight doubled the young country\u2019s land area. Undaunted Courage is the chronicle of that adventure, but it\u2019s also the sadder story of expedition leader Meriwether Lewis, who, haunted by what he saw as the expedition\u2019s failure to accomplish many of its original objectives, died (possibly by his own hand) three years after returning to the East. With the perspective of 200 years, modern readers will see that Lewis\u2019s return home safely with all but one of his Corps of Discovery was in itself a victory over the odds and a triumph of personal leadership, but "success" is often more accurately assessed over the long term.\n\n\n\n\n\nAll the King\u2019s Men\n\n \n\n\n\nBy Robert Penn Warren\n\nGovernor Willie Stark (who is loosely modeled on Depression-era Louisiana governor Huey Long) began his political career as a reform-minded backcountry lawyer but acquired a taste for power and abandoned his original ideals. His aide and hatchet man, Jack Burden\u2014whose sole job is to dig up dirt on anyone who stands in the way of the governor\u2019s ambitions\u2014narrates this complex and beautifully imagined morality tale of a leader whose corruption is his undoing.