Cal Fussman

Journalist and Author

Calvin "Cal" Fussman is an American journalist and author. He is a Writer at Large for Esquire magazine, known for the What I've Learned column, where he interviews leaders in various fields, which have included Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Welch, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Pelé, Yao Ming, Serena Williams, John Wooden, and Muhammad Ali.

Book Recommendations


Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln

by James C. Humes

For anyone who wants to speak, and if you’re a high school senior, at some point you’re going to have to get up and speak, it’s a great book because there’s all kinds of tips on everything about speaking.

Cal Fussman, source
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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book is called Between the World and Me,and it’s by a guy named Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s a letter to his son about being a black male in America. I think it is required reading just because if we want to understand what is going on, we see what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. It just seems like it’s month after month after month we see protests and problems.

Cal Fussman, source

One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel García Márquez

I like to give books that I've loved. I mentioned meeting Alex, and he didn’t know how to write a book. And he’s like, I want to write a great book. You could just tell it was bursting out of him. So I gave him Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Cal Fussman, source