December 2, 2010
News & Opinion: The Economist's Books of the Year
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton
- More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of the New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby, The Penguin Press
- High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg by Niall Ferguson, The Penguin Press
I haven't read More Money Than God yet (incidentally, written by "a British journalist who is married to [their] economics editor," a courageous choice there from the editors), but The Big Short and High Financier were two of my favorites of 2010. Also, four of the books in their science & technology category could fit loosely into business. They are:
- Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life by Rob Carlson, Harvard University Press
- The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley, Harper
- Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson, Riverhead
- What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly, Viking
You can get The Economist's entire list of page turners from the original post, where you'll find brief descriptions of each book.
You can also find a list of Books by Economist writers in 2010 at the site. They do seem to put out a lot of books over there, possibly because their writers want to put their names on something. (I kid, I kid... I love you The Economist.)
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.