James A. Autry has
published ten books, two of which are volumes of poetry. His first,
Nights under a Tin Roof, was published by the Yoknapatawpha Press
in 1983. That was followed in 1989 with Life after Mississippi.
In 1991, the Kentucky Poetry Review published a special issue
devoted to Autry’s poetry, and he received national prominence as one
of the poets featured on Bill Moyers’ special series The Power of
the Word on PBS.
Nonfiction books by
Autry include Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership
(1991), which helped to establish a new genre of management and
leadership books dealing with more than standard business-school
teachings; Life and Work: A Manager’s Search for Meaning, which
uses essays, poetry, and letters to his children as a means of
focusing on the challenges faced by business managers; and
Confessions of an Accidental Businessman: It Takes a Lifetime to Find
Wisdom (1996), a blend of candid autobiography and practical and
realistic lessons in management and leadership.
His most recent
books are The Book of Hard Choices: How to Make the Right Decisions
at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect (2006), which he co-wrote with
Peter Roy, and Looking Around for God: The Oddly Reverent
Observations of an Unconventional Christian (2007).
He and his wife,
Sally Pederson (who until recently was lieutenant governor of Iowa),
live in Des Moines, Iowa.
—John B. Padgett
James A. Autry: Author
James Autry is the
author of ten published books, the most recent (2007) of which is
Looking Around for God. In this
highly personal book he considers his unique life of faith and belief
in a God often clouded by church convention.
In 2006 he
published his ninth book,
The Book of Hard Choices, which
he co-authored with Peter Roy. The Book of Hard Choices is a
new approach to the subject of integrity that covers integrity in an
easy-to-read manner, demonstrating through practical examples the
positive and negative consequences of difficult business decisions
that leave your integrity on the line.
His eighth book was
The Spirit of Retirement
a guide to creating and sustaining the post-work life you have always
His previous book
The Servant Leader.
This book helps to explain the idea behind servant leadership
as well as giving concrete explanations of servant leadership in
action. It shows you how to remain true to the servant leadership
model when handling day-to-day and long-term management situations.
His sixth book
Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching.
In this unusual and exciting collaboration, Mr. Autry has worked with
well-known poet and translator Stephen Mitchell in a business
leadership interpretation of Mr. Mitchell's best-selling translation
of the Tao Te Ching of Lao-tzu.
Confessions of an Accidental Businessman,
Mr. Autry's previous book, was a collection of his business
memoirs and it was one of the five finalists in the 1996 Financial
Times/Booze, Allen & Hamilton Global Business Book Award. In October
of 1996 Confessions received a lengthy and quite favorable
review in USA TODAY's Money bookshelf.
His second book on
Life and Work: A Manager’s Search for Meaning,
was published in March 1994 and is more or less a sequel to
Love and Profit. The first in his series of business related
books was the well-known
Love and Profit:
The Art of Caring Leadership
also has been published in Japanese, Swedish, Chinese, Spanish and
Russian. Love and Profit won the prestigious
Johnson, Smith & Knisely Award as the book which had the most impact
on executive thinking in 1992. Real
Love and Profit and Life and Work are available in
paperback. In addition, Autry has written the introductions to several
books, and his writings have appeared in many anthologies and
His first two books were books of poetry,
Nights Under a Tin Roof
and Life After Mississippi.
In late 1991, the Kentucky Poetry Review published a special
James A. Autry issue. He received considerable national attention when
he was one of the poets featured on
special series, “The Power of the Word,” on PBS. He is also featured
--winner of a "Telly" award--
and his latest video, "Spirit
which was released in the summer of 2001