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November 22, 2005

News & Opinion: FT Finalists Share Favorite Books

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 8:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We shared with you yesterday the winner of the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

Today, Financial Times has a follow-up piece asking all of the finalists what business books they like:

  • John Battelle (The Search) - Moneyball by Michael Lewis; "I read it early, and knew it was going to be a very big book - it had all the elements: strong characters, a great narrative driving the book, a wonderful topic - at least in the US - and the wonderful element of a counterintuitive hook that seemed, upon quick reflection, to be obvious"
  • Pietra Rivoli (Travels of a T-shirt in The Global Economy) - Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution by Ivy Pinchbeck; "It was written almost 75 years ago, but it is still the best work on the topic of industrialization. Unfortunately, such a book could never be written today. Though her research is astonishing in its depth, Pinchbeck uses none of the jargon that has accompanied the narrowing of the disciplines, she glides back and forth from economics to sociology, labour relations to gender studies, without ever mentioning any of these words."
  • Constantinos C. Markides (Fast Second) - The Mind of a Strategist by Kenichi Ohmae; "a book that was originally published more than 25 years ago. The author shows that developing strategy is more an art than a science and that intuition is as important as analysis - both important points that we seem to have forgotten in the past 20 years!"
  • Steven Levitt (Freakonomics) - A Whack on The Side of The Head by Roger von Oech and Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics) - Choice and Consequence by Thomas Schelling; "From one of the most creative economists in history, a hugely readable and vastly educational look at how economic thinking can be applied to any aspect of life."
  • James Stewart (DisneyWar) - All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat) - A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink