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Top Business Books for 2008

Stefan Stern rounds up the best business books for 2008.

Only a few on Stern's list tally with BNET's own top reading list so far -- they are in bold.

  • When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Change, by Mohamed El-Erian (McGraw-Hill). It was voted overall winner of this year's Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award.
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein (Yale University Press).
  • The Logic of Life: Uncovering the New Economics of Everything, by Tim Harford (Little, Brown).
  • A Sense of Urgency, by John Kotter (Harvard Business).
  • McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers, by Misha Glenny (Bodley Head).
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder (Bloomsbury).
  • The Last Amateurs: To Hell and Back with the Cambridge Boat Race Crew, by Mark de Rond (Icon Books).
  • Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell (Allen Lane).
  • Cold Steel: Britain's Richest Man and the Multibillion Dollar for a Global Empire, by Tim Bouquet and Byron Ousey (Little Brown)
  • Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, by Lawrence Lessig (Avery Publishing).
  • What they Teach you at Harvard Business School: My Two Years Inside the Cauldron of Capitalism, by Philip Delves Broughton (Viking).
  • The Ten Commandments of Business Failure, by Don Keough (Penguin).
I'd also add a few others
  • Iconoclast, by Gregory Berns (Harvard Business). Neuroscientist Berns's accessible book identifies the way that iconoclastic inventors and stockmarket investors differ from the crowd, how they think and see differently -- and how we can emulate them. Great for wannabe innovators.
  • India Arriving, by Rafiq Dossani (Amacom). Dossani's book sets out its stall with the opening anecdote of Chapter 1 -- it's the story only someone who understands India in all its complexity could tell. The rest of the book continues in that vein -- that is, explaining India's political and social structure, what drives its economy and its people at national and local levels -- and expounds all with the kind of clarity and insight you just couldn't get from an outsider. A useful and entertaining read for anyone looking at investing in India.
  • Crowdsourcing, by Jeff Howe (Random House). The concept may not be new, but the book's a great read, building on what Howe's written for Wired since coining the term. It puts crowdsourcing into context for larger corporates, explaining how it's infiltrating business thinking and shaping future enterprise models. If nothing else, read the last chapter, "The Rules of Crowdsourcing". This is need-to-know stuff in most sectors.
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