Reading America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, by Mark Steyn. His boss loaned it to him and, though he had only just begun reading the prologue, he spoke like an expert on the issues America will be facing within the next five to ten years, based on the current and changing demographics of the world. The environment, he explained, is a very important issue, but it’s not the issue that’s going to be impacting our children the most. It's demographics.

One of his favorite books of all time--Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. If you shackle the movers and shakers, the world will suffer. In his experience, working as an economist in San Francisco's financial district, those in power have not abused it and have upheld strong ethics.

He sees the nation today, however, as suffering from moral decline as a result the sacrifice of morals for quick, short term satisfaction.

Another favorite author—Thomas Sowell, a political writer and economist.

The last fiction book he read, he recalls, was something by John Grisham. He likes to break up the nonfiction.

This was one of those conversations where I wished I'd remembered to bring a pen--he was a wealth of information and this entry captures only a few of his thoughts.