The Ultimate List of Books by Sun Valley Conference 2022 Attendees

Every year eyes watch as the most powerful, wealthy, and connected sojourn to Sun Valley, Idaho. Why Sun Valley, Idaho? It just so happens to be the home of the private investment firm Allen & Company. If you're unfamiliar with Allen & Company yet have heard of companies such as Google, InterActiveCorp, the Coca-Cola Corporation, or Discovery Communications among others, well you've heard of Allen & Company. What's fun about the majority of the attendees, outside of notable exceptions such as Governor Bob Little, is that they are authors! From a wide-range of advice books, memoirs, success guides, to speculative science fiction, there's a truly impressive sweep of a library here.

Sara Blakely

  • Spanx CEO

Sara Blakely, the CEO of Spanx has written The Belly Art Project, showcasing moms-to-be with their bellies transformed into works of art, with 100% of the author's proceeds benefiting Every Mother Counts. Thank you Sara for the belly art and for making formal outfits look smooth.

belly art project

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28: Sara Blakely visits at SiriusXM Studios on June 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Albert Bourla

  • CEO of Pfizer

Published in March 2022, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla’s Moonshot: Inside Pfizer's Nine-Month Race to Make the Impossible Possible, chronicles Pfizer’s frankly lightning fast rush to create, test, and manufacture a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine. Let’s hope there’s a follow up book on boosters.


JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 29: Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla speaks during the Genesis Prize ceremony at The Jerusalem Theater on June 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images for The Genesis Prize Foundation)

Tom Brokaw

  • Former NBC News Anchor

Tom Brokaw has written a boatload of books, all of which can be seen here, but he’s most notable for The Greatest Generation, a series of profiles of Americans during WWII.

the greatest generation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tom Brokaw visits SiriusXM Studios on December 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Warren Buffett

A collection of writings from Warren Buffett to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, co-authored with Lawrence Cunningham, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America is likely the most direct instruction for aspirational billionaires out there - Buffett isn’t known for investing poorly.

warren's essays

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Warren Buffet arrives at "The Post" Washington, DC Premiere at The Newseum on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Stewart Butterfield

  • CEO of Slack

Stewart Butterfield has not actually written a book himself, but when you look him up, he is nearly constantly talking about Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by the Arbinger Institute as his number one book anyone in business should read. Given this article was edited partially via Slack, he might have a point.

leadership and self-deception

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24: Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder and CEO Slack, attends the Viva Tech start-up and technology gathering at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. The VivaTech exhibition in Paris brings together nearly 1800 start ups alongside the largest international groups. Getty Images

Tim Cook

  • Apple CEO

Tim Cook has not actually written any books himself, but given Tim’s visibility in business and tech, there’s a definitive biography of the man who inherited Steve Job's crown. Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level by Leander Kahney certainly was apt in titling. 

apple genius

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 15: Apple CEO Tim Cook attends Apple's "Ted Lasso" season two premiere at Pacific Design Center on July 15, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper is a busy guy, being the primary anchor of the CNN news broadcast show Anderson Cooper 360° while serving as a correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS News. He’s written three books, despite his busy schedule. Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, which he co-authored with Katherine Howe, chronicles the rise and fall of his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.

the rise and fall of the vanderbilts

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Anderson Cooper attends The 15th Annual CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 12, 2021 in New York City. Getty Images

Gianrico Farrugia

  • CEO of Mayo Clinic

Gianrico Farrugia, Mayo Clinic CEO. Gianrico Farriugia co-authored Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation alongside Nicholas LaRusso and Barbara Spurrier, an innovation guide based on the proven, decade-long program that’s made the Mayo Clinic one of the most respected organizations in the world.

a blueprint for transformation

Mayo Clinic

Thomas Friedman

  • New York Times columnist

A man comfortable with writing a book claiming to portray a brief history of the 21st Century titled The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman is most known for his New York Times column where he frequently references McDonalds, and for winning the Pulitzer Prize three times. 

the friedman catalog

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author Thomas L. Friedman attends The Boys' Club of New York Ninth Annual Winter Luncheon at 583 Park Avenue on February 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Bill Gates

  • Founder

Bill Gates has written four books! Other than founding Microsoft (MSFT) and trying to keep his seemingly messy divorce quiet, Gates prefers to focus on slowing climate change, with 2021’s How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need outlining how Gates hopes we can save the planet.

how to avoid climate disaster

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Bill Gates attends the 2022 TIME100 Gala on June 08, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME) Getty Images for TIME

Brian Grazer

  • Film Producer

Brian Grazer is the Co-founder of Imagine Entertainment, alongside filmmaker Ron Howard, and is the Academy Award-winning producer of A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash, Arrested Development, 24, 8 Mile and more. He’s written two books, co-authoring A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life with Charles Fishman, showing how curiosity has been the “secret” that fueled his rise in Hollywood.

brian grazer is an author

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 11: Film producer Brian Grazer visits "Fox & Friends" to discuss his new book "Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection" at Fox News Channel Studios on October 11, 2019 in New York City. Getty Images

Richard Haass

  • President of the Council on Foreign Relations

As President of the Council on Foreign Relations, one expects a certain level of academic stature and Richard Haass refuses to disappoint. He has authored several books, all exploring issues within international relations, the art of persuasion, and entrepreneurship. His book The World: A Brief Introduction earned him a spot on the New York Times bestseller list. 

haass' prolific catalog

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Richard N. Haass attends "Vice Special Report: A World In Disarray" New York Presentation at Time Warner Center on July 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Reed Hastings

It’s clear that the CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings envisions himself as something of a visionary, and certainly he has his eyes on something. His book No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, co-written with business writer Erin Meyer, sells itself as something of a tell-all into the “unorthodox” workplace and strategy that has led to its success. Of course, one might wonder what a version in 2025 will have to say. 

netflix and the culture of reinvention

LILLE, FRANCE - MAY 03: Netflix Co-founder, Chairman & CEO Reed Hastings attends Q&A during Transatlantic Forum as part of Series Mania Lille Hauts de France festival on May 3, 2018 in Lille, France. Getty Images

David Ignatius

  • Washington Post columnist

It turns out Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is also an incredibly prolific fiction author. Author of books such as The Quantum Spy, Body of Lies, Blood Money, and more, it’s clear to see that one medium just isn’t enough for some writers.

fiction head david ignatius

WASHINGTON - MAY 28: Columnist David Ignatius of the Washington Post speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios May 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. Ignatius spoke on various topics including immigration reform. Getty Images for Meet the Press

Bob Iger

  • Former Disney CEO

For those either obsessed with entering the entertainment industry or just with the Disney Company in general, former CEO Robert Iger’s The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company (DIS) might be perfect for you. Fifteen years at the helm of arguably the most powerful entertainment company and a book is a pretty good trade for over a decade of your life. 

ride of a lifetime

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Bob Iger attends the World Premiere of "The King's Man" at Cineworld Leicester Square on December 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Van Jones

  • CNN Commentator

Host of a show named after himself, Emmy-award winning news and political commentator Van Jones has written several books. His most recent, and most popular, book Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together dealt with bridging gaps in the political aisle. It makes sense he would fit in among prestigious company. 

the messy truth in print

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 21: The Dream Corps President & Co-Founder and CNN Host Van Jones attends the EMA IMPACT Summit at Montage Beverly Hills on May 21, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty Images for Environmental M

Phil Knight

  • Founder of Nike

In an endearing turn of events Nike founder Phil Knight named his memoir Shoe Dog, which is exactly his whole deal. Fans of the beloved shoe brand will want to know more about the man behind their favorite kicks. 

shoe dog because of course

SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 14: Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, attends the fourth day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 14, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. Getty Images

John Malone

  • Liberty Media Chair

Billionaire John Malone isn't an author yet collaborated heavily with journalist Mark Robichaux on Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business, which is the closest thing to an official biography one is going to get. Which to be honest, is a bit cowboy.

cable cowboy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: Liberty Media's John Malone attends the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

John Miller

  • Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism for the New York Police Department

The Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism for the NYPD, not surprisedly, wrote a book on the 9/11 attacks called The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It. What's most interesting is the book was published before the events had even reached their one year anniversary, on September 1 2002.

the cell

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: John Miller, the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism of the NYPD, speaks to reporters at a news conference with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton following an NYPD Swearing-In Ceremony on January 7, 2015 in New York City. The NYPD says there is no direct threat against New York City following a terror attack on a newspaper in Paris that left at least 12 people dead and numerous others injured. Getty Images

Michael Morell

  • Former CIA Chief

Former CIA Chief Michael Morell supposedly was by President Bush's side during the events of 9/11, as well as intimately serving several presidents, so it makes sense he has a lot to say about the threats that he personally feels face the United States. His book The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS speaks to this focus and belief.

the cia's fight against terrorism

CAMBRIDGE, MA - MAY 03: Former US Central Intelligence Agency Acting Director Michael Morell discusses "ISIS, Israel, and Spymasters: A Reality Check" at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on May 3, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images) Getty Images

Anne Moss Rogers

  • Suicide Prevention Specialist

An interesting attendee, Anne Moss Rogers is a suicide prevention specialist who made a name for herself through her Ted Talk "Can A Blog Save Lives?" based on her blog Emotionally Naked. Her book Diary of a Broken Mind: A Mother’s Story, a Son’s Suicide, and the Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind, follows her heartbreaking story of losing her own son to suicide.

Diary of a broken mind


Douglas Murray

  • Conservative Commentator

Conservative political commentator Douglas Murray is feeling right at home at the Sun Valley Conference, despite spending most of his time doing public speaking and publishing work such as The War on the West, among others.

murray's books

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 13: British author, journalist and political commentator Douglas Murray attends a photocall during the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens on August 13, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Getty Images

Elon Musk

Of course in attendance this weekend is the notorious, if not respected despite his antics, Tesla founder Elon Musk. Amidst threats to buy Twitter, fathering many children, dreams of creating self-driving cars, and the clear desire for Mars colonization, Musk previously stated in 2015 he would write a book. We'd love to include a book by him sometime, if there was one.

Where's the book, elon?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Elon Musk attends TIME Person of the Year on December 13, 2021 in New York City. Getty Images for TIME

Mike Ovitz

  • Founder of Creative Artists Agency

You might be wondering who exactly is Mike Ovitz despite the face he founded the Creative Artists Agency and briefly served as the President of The Walt Disney Company (DIS) from 1995 to 1997. Don't worry though, Ovitz has you covered with his memoir Who Is Michael Ovitz?, which to say the least is to the point.

who is Mike ovitz?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 07: Michael Ovitz attends the 2022 MoMA "Party in the Garden" at Museum of Modern Art on June 07, 2022 in New York City. FilmMa (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)gic

David Petraeus

  • Retired Army General and former CIA Chief

Well-respected General Petraeus has had a prolific career in public service, the military, and government, it only makes sense he would write a book asking for a refocus on North America in US domestic policy. His book North America: Time for a New Focus is more a report yet die-hard fans will want to read.

new focus

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: General David Petraeus, retired United States Army general and public official poses during Cliveden Literary Festival 2021 at Cliveden House on October 24, 2021 in Windsor, England. General David Petraeus served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on November 9, 2012. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus served 37 years in the United States Army. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

Andrew Ross Sorkin

  • New York Times columnist and CNBC Host

New York Times columnist and co-host of CNBC's Squawk Box is responsible for the optimistically named Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves. For one wanting to dive into a political understanding of the United States before 2018 (when the book was published), this is a great example of Ross Sorkin's work.

Too big to fail

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: Andrew Ross Sorkin attends The New York Times DealBook / DC policy forum on June 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. Getty Images for The New York Ti

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook's outgoing COO Sheryl Sandberg certainly had some free time while heading operations at the most powerful social media platform, as she wrote several books. The author and COO is responsible for the paperback Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. She then co-authored two books with psychologist Adam Grant of a similar pop-psychology nature, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World and Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.

lean in

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 08: Sheryl Sandberg Addresses U.S. Conference Of Mayors on June 8, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Getty Images

Diane Sawyer

  • Broadcast Journalist

Household name and broadcast journalist Diane Sawyer is also attending this week, and even though not technically an author she did have a direct impact on a significant book: Richard Nixon's memoirs. Having worked as a press aide during the Nixon administration, Sawyer worked so directly with the former president that she earned a spot on this list.

memoirs of nixon

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Diane Sawyer poses at The Opening NIgt of "The Portuguese Kid" at Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center on October 24, 2017 in New York City. Bruce Glikas

Peter Thiel

  • Co-founder of PayPal

Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel likes to think of himself as a man of great influence, and his career choices speak to this. It's not shocking that he wrote two books yet he certainly didn't stick to any one beat. One book, which we link here, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, most certainly influenced any young gun with start-up dreams. His other book from 1998, The Diversity Myth : Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus, was co-written by entrepreneur David O'Sacks.

zero to one

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 7: Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, Palantir Technologies, and Founders Fund, gestures as he speaks during the Bitcoin 2022 Conference at Miami Beach Convention Center on April 7, 2022 in Miami, Florida. The worlds largest bitcoin conference runs from April 6-9, expecting over 30,000 people in attendance and over 7 million live stream viewers worldwide. Getty Images

Meg Whitman

  • Former Quibi CEO

With a plethora of companies under her belt, it's shocking that Meg Whitman even had time to write her book, The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in Life, yet she did! Whitman offers 10 core strategies for not just business success yet personal too.

the power of many

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Meg Whitman attends the Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman In Conversation With LinkedIn Executive Editor Dan Roth at LinkedIn Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. Getty Images

Robert Zimmer

  • President of the University of Chicago

It's no surprise that the president of as prestigious an institution as the University of Chicago is an author, several times over. Before his time in university administration, Zimmer primarily worked as a mathematician and wrote books such as Ergodic Theory and Semisimple Groups, or Essential Results of Functional Analysis. For the math-minded, diving into Zimmer's work would be delightful.

Essential results of functional analysis

SUN VALLEY, IDAHO - JULY 08: University of Chicago President Bob Zimmer attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 08, 2021 in Sun Valley, Idaho. After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, and technology worlds will converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive week-long conference. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg

Author is not something Mark Zuckerberg can list under his accomplishments; however, based on an uber watched viral video there might be a serious demand for a BBQ cookbook.

zuck's sweet baby rays

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Mark Zuckerberg attends the 7th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 4, 2018 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images) (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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