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November 5, 2008

News & Opinion: Amazon's Best of 2008

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:58 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Amazon has posted its editors' picks for 2008. In the Business & Investing category, they chose:
  1. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, Bantam
  2. A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter, Harvard Business School Press (Jack Covert Selects)
  3. The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It by John Gerzema, Jossey-Bass
  4. The Momentum Effect: How to Ignite Exceptional Growth by J.C. Larreche, Wharton School Publishing
  5. The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam, Portfolio (Jack Covert Selects)
  6. The Gone Fishin' Portfolio: Get Wise, Get Wealthy...and Get on With Your Life by Alexander Green, John Wiley & Sons
  7. The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By by Scott A. Shane, Yale University Press
  8. Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li, Harvard Business School Press
  9. The Contrarian Effect: Why It Pays (Big) to Take Typical Sales Advice and Do the Opposite by Michael Port, John wiley & Sons
  10. Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition by Guy Kawasaki, Portfolio (Jack Covert Selects)
The Snowball was also #5 on the Biographies and Memoirs list, Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat & Crowded was #1 on the Audiobooks list, and The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow was #6 on the Science list. Amazon did something rather interesting this year, releasing their "customer favorites," otherwise known as their best-sellers, alongside their editors' picks. The Business & Investing list was:
  1. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely, HarperCollins (Jack Covert Selects)
  2. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, Bantam
  3. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds, New Riders Publishing
  4. Nudge; Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein, Yale University Press (Jack Covert Selects)
  5. The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means by George Soros, PublicAffairs
  6. Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell, Basic Books
  7. Bad Money: The Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips, Viking Press
  8. The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam, Portfolio (Jack Covert Selects)
  9. The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash by Charles R. Morris, PublicAffairs
  10. Six Disciplines® Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier by Gary Harpst, Six Disciplines Publishing

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.