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What I'm reading: Integra's Kevin O'Hara

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Monday, September 30, 2013

 Integra CEO/President Kevin O'Hara tells us what he's reading.

O'Hara, who travels frequently for work, says books are a great way to learn more about the places he visits. “They help me learn from the experiences of others, and they serve as my favorite form of relaxation.” Although he delves into the occasional business book, O’Hara prefers to read mysteries, autobiographies and biographies. The latter tend to focus on historical, political or business leaders. “I enjoy reading about figures I hold in high regard, as well as those that I do not care for or respect, because I can learn just as much from either profile,” O’Hara says. “And a good mystery is a great way to take my mind off the myriad of things that typically go through my head before bed, and a perfect way to pass idle time while traveling.”

Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

By Phil Robertson

“This book is part autobiography, part lessons about how to live a happy and fulfilling life. Phil Robertson started Duck Commander, a duck-call business in Louisiana and later starred in the reality TV series Duck Dynasty. I picked up the book assuming that it would be full of anecdotes about what appears on TV to be a peculiar family, but was surprised to learn the depth of the family’s accomplishments and relationships.”

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The English Girl: A Novel

By Daniel Silva

"The latest in a series of spy thrillers by Silva featuring Gabriel Allon, a world-class art restorer and the leading assassin employed by the Israeli intelligence service. Allon is asked to do a favor for the British intelligence agency to avoid a scandal that threatens the British government. That favor ultimately involves him with multiple intelligence agencies and organized-crime groups. The depth of the characters and the description of the various settings differentiate Silva’s books from most other mysteries.”

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