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November 29, 2011

News & Opinion: Rounding Up the Best of 2011

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 5:14 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Posting the strategy + business list before the Thanksgiving break reminded me that we haven't seen quite as many "best of 2011" business lists at this point of year as we have in years past. Beside the Goldman Sachs/FT award and s+b's list, The only two I've seen have come from booksellers—Amazon and Hudson.

Amazon's Best Books of 2011 were announced earlier this month. The books in the Business & Investing category are:

But the list of books that would interest a business reader doesn't end in the business category. It extends into Biographies & Memoirs with Walter Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs, and even Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Foer's book also made it in the general Nonfiction category, along with The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick and A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor. The design nerds among us might also enjoy Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield, which made the Nonfiction list as well.

Hudson Booksellers Best were announced quietly late last month. The Best Business Interest included:

Other, less business-centric lists have been announced, such as Publishers Weekly, whose (admittedly long) Nonfiction list includes a smattering of books that would be of interest to the business reader: There will most likely be many more coming soon. The Economist is making an event out of their list this year, with their first “Books of the Year” festival at London’s SouthBank Centre early next month. We’ll get that list to you when it’s announced, and will keep you updated as more come in, including our own!