December 10, 2008

Staff Picks: The Best Business Books 0f 2008 - BusinessWeek Edition

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 3:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

While we're in the midst of announcing the shortlists for our annual awards, I think it behooves us to look at what others found worthy of the "best" title. Last week, BusinessWeek gave their blessing to what they see as The Best Business Books of 2008 in an article by Hardy Green. The following books made the article:
  • The Trillion Dollar Meltdown by Charles R. Morris, PublicAffairs
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, Bantam
  • The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs by Charles D. Ellis, Penguin Press
  • Hell's Cartel: I.G. Farben and the Making of Hitler's War Machine by Diarmuid Jeffreys, Metropolitan Books
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely, HarperCollins
  • The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives by Michael Heller, Basic Books
  • The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation by A.G. Lafley & Ram Charan, Crown Business
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang, Spiegel & Grau
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, Little, Brown Introducing the books, Green writes:
    To look back at the books produced in the beginning of 2008 is to glimpse a more innocent world, an Eden seemingly free of financial crisis and the impending gloom of 2009.
    I don't necessarily agree with that. Though they weren't given much attention, the books were out there, they just weren't getting much attention. The first book Green mentions in the article, The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, was itself published in March. I believe that qualifies as "the beginning of 2008." (In fact, books warning us of a crisis have been out there for a while, including A Demon of Our Own Design, our choice for the best book in the Finance & Economics category last year.) Regardless of my nitpicking, Mr. Green has put together a fine list. To read the rational behind the decisions, head on over to the original article.