The bouquinistes on the quais of the Seine should take note; Steve Schwarzman has made his literary preferences known. In anticipation of the billionaire Blackstone (BX) chief’s arrival, the vendors of antiquarian books better stock up on their Freud and Machiavelli. His five top books are oddly fitting for a man who’s about to voyage to Paris:
- “The Prince,” by Niccolò Machiavelli.
- “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young,” by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
- “The Interpretation of Dreams,” by Sigmund Freud
- “Childhood and Society,” by Erik H. Erikson
- “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power,” by Daniel Yergin
Add a little Foucault and some detective fiction and you’ve got the syllabus to a modern literature class at the Sorbonne! This trip to France has all the makings of a truly broadening experience.
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