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November 5, 2008

News & Opinion: Amazon's Best of 2008

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 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