1) "Change or Die"-Alan Deutschman: Fascinating hypothesis regarding what is needed to actually effect personal change. Uses some breakthrough research and progressive ideas to support. Thought you might find it especially interesting as relates to the dramatic change you made re: Your eating habits/changes. Fascinating examples and cases.
2) The Power Principle: Influence With Honor - Dr. Blaine Lee. A classic full of wisdom (my opinion). He writes for a servant-leadership orientation, and emphasizes honourable relationships. I found his perspective on power an inspiring one that encourages the leader in all of us, no matter what our roles in life.
3) "Soul Prints: Your path to fulfilment"-Marc Gafni. As you might imagine, inspirational value. Profound thinker, brilliant, passionate and writes to every human heart in a way that we easily hear --uses spiritual stories to teach how to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Author is American-born, but is the dean of the Melitz public culture study center (Israel). He travels and lectures extensively. One of the most inspirational books I have had the prvilege to read and recommend.
Good luck with these--and all good wishes for a fantastic vacation! :)
How about any of these books. They are what I think are must reads. IF you need info on any of the stuff listed, you can look them up at Barnes and Noble(bn.com) and Amazon.com.
Inside the CIA: Revealing the Secrets of the World's Most Powerful Spy Agency by Ronald Kessler
The CIA's Black Ops: Covert Action, Foreign Policy and Democracy by John Jacob Nutter
Cold Zero: Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team by Christopher Whitcomb
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service by Stephen Dorril
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre
The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms and Beyond by Christopher Finch and Foreward by John Lasseter
Since the World Began: Walt Disney World - The First 25 Years by Jeff Kurtti
One Day at Disney by Pam Brandon
Walt Disney by Bob Thomas
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler
Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom by B.K.S. Iyengar
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost by Jonathan Fenby
Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich
Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam W. Shepard
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos: 10 Strategies for Stepping Up to Success and Satisfaction at Work by Lynette Lewis
The Money Smart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age by Steve & Annette Economides
Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life by Robert Trivers
They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World by Alexandra Levit
There's More to Life Than Making a Living: Mastering Six Key Essentials on the Way to a Life of Significance by Jack C. McDowell with Phil Needham
It was number one in the 50's for years!