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May 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Business Books
In our perennial effort to help librarians maintain a wide-ranging business collection, we offer below 10 outstanding titles reviewed in Booklist over the past year that are worthy of inclusion in, and guaranteed to expand the range of, any public library business collection.
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. By Niall Ferguson. Penguin, $29.95 (9781594201929).
A British historian takes a fresh look at the history of money and its ramifications on the evolution of modern life.
Changing the Game: How Video Games Are Transforming the Future of Business. By David Edery and Ethan Mollick. Financial Times, $24.99 (9780132357814).
The video-game industry is thriving; these authors, in interesting detail, discuss how games are being used by companies for product placement and as teaching and motivational tools.
Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. By Peter Maass. Knopf, $26.95 (9781400041695).
The author shows how an oil-based economy that undergoes booms and busts is neither a reliable nor a healthy solution for creating long-term sustainable growth.
Fordlandia:The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City
. By Greg Grandin. Holt/Metropolitan, $27.50 (9780805082364).
Henry Ford needed rubber for his tires and purchased a land tract in the Amazon, and the result was Fordlandia, a massively overreaching project.
The Impulse Factor: Why Some of Us Play It Safe and Others Risk It All. By Nick Tasler. Simon & Schuster/Fireside, $24.95 (9781416562344).
Great ideas and counsel about the nature-versus-nurture debate.
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You. By Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. Portfolio, $25.95 (9781591842408).
Out of the countless business books the authors have read every year for a quarter century, they have culled 100 of the best and presented them in review format.
Panic:The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
. Ed. by Michael Lewis. Norton, $27.95 (9780393065145).
Lewis presents an anthology of financial writing done immediately before, during, and after the panics that have occurred since 1987 to show how financial markets now operate.
Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America. By Julia Angwin. Random, $27 (9781400066940).
The author traces the development of MySpace, sorting out its convoluted journey to success.
The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Show. By Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen. Bloomsbury, $26 (9781596913912).
A fascinating, well-written chronology that draws a chillingly accurate behind-the-scenes portrait of a contemporary fashion brand.
Why GM Matters: Inside the Race to Transform an American Icon. By William J. Holstein. Walker, $26 (9780802717184).
Holstein argues that GM is worth saving because for every manufacturing job, there are 10 jobs throughout the whole chain of suppliers that also serve Ford and Chrysler; thus, a defense of GM makes sense.
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