Even billionaire moguls get homework over the summer. Every year, the media, technology, and finance titans assembled in Sun Valley for Allen and Co's confab get a package of books, usually on topics ranging from business and current events to politics and health care, meant to keep them abreast of the national conversation. This year's reading list features Googled, the definitive account of the search-engine colossus by New Yorker writer and Sun Valley regular Ken Auletta. The other book on the mogul reading list is a bit of a national pick-me-up: Comeback America by David Walker. Read up moguls; there will be a pop quiz in September.
Peter Lauria is senior correspondent covering business, media, and entertainment for The Daily Beast. He previously covered music, movies, television, cable, radio, and corporate media as a business reporter for The New York Post. His work has also appeared in Avenue, Blender, Black Men, and Media Magazine.