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Winemaking, career leadership among book choices Most books he reads have a technical focus.

<i>Editor’s note: This week’s Page Turner reader interview is with Jeremy Cronkhite, Heavy Section and Rail Mill manager at Steel Dynamics. </i><br>

“I’m not much into fiction. I prefer nonfiction and learning how things work. I’m into things like woodworking and winemaking, and that kind of determines my reading.

“Angola has great varieties of grapes, and Purdue has a course on winemaking. My dad taught me how to do things – how to build. I buy a lot of my books through Amazon after reading the reviews. One good book is ‘The Home Winemaker’s Companion.’ The author is Ed Halloran. Then there’s ‘Home Winemaking Step by Step.’ That book is by Jon Iverson.

“I also read career leadership books, like ‘Grit.’ It is by a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Angela Duckworth, who writes about successful people. She insists it’s not how smart you are but if you’ve got the passion and the perseverance. I definitely agree. I’m kind of like that. Her book has been on the New York Times best-seller list; it was published last year. And here at Steel Dynamics, there is a course, ‘Dynamic Development,’ that includes talking about leaders, cultures and leadership training, with occasional speakers and discussion.

“I’m a technical engineer, so most of my books are of a technical nature. I read about corrosion, for example, because it’s involved in material energy. And I’m involved in metallurgy, the study of metals. But when I was a child, my parents read to me, so I knew Shel Silverstein and ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends,’ and Dr. Seuss, too.

“Now I read newspapers and magazines, but that has changed a lot. Now I read them mostly online. I used to read Newsweek and USA Today and Sports Illustrated, and I read the monthly Winemaker’s Magazine. Interesting how reading has changed.”