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Although there may be uncertainty about whether the economy is really picking up, one thing is for certain: business publishers are still hard at it. Below are the 10 best business titles reviewed in Booklist since the last Spotlight on Business that are worthy of inclusion in any business collection.
The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times and Bad. By Julie Jason. Sterling, paper, $14.95 (9781402743412).
The AARP brand works extraordinarily well in providing valuable and objective information that readers can put to good use—especially on the subjects of health care and finances.
Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage. By Eamon Javers. Harper, $26.99 (9780061697203).
Javers recommends that spy firms be revealed to the public through a spy registry comparable to lobbying firms’ disclosure rules and be coordinated by the SEC.
The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking Is the Next Competitive Advantage. By Roger Martin. Harvard Business, $26.95 (9781422177808).
Martin offers thoughtful and valuable insight for all managers in applying design thinking (which balances analytical mastery and intuitive originality) and concludes with important instructions for individuals who want to become design thinkers.
Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science That Makes Life Dismal. By Moshe Adler. New Press, $24.95 (9781595581013).
For educated readers not schooled in economics, Adler sets out to explain the key concepts and theories of mainstream economics as well as less-well-known alternative theories.
The End of Wall Street. By Roger Lowenstein. Penguin, $27.95 (9781594202391).
Although the events leading up to the financial crisis of 2008 have been chronicled from many angles, Lowenstein takes a deeper look at the systemic oversights that led up to that event.
Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business. By David Siegel. Portfolio, $27.95 (9781591842774).
Always ahead of the curve, Siegel, an early proponent of the Internet, envisions the future of “smart computing,” which will unfold over the next 10 years.
The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism. By Joyce Appleby. Norton, $29.95 (9780393068948).
In this excellently presented book, historian Appleby traces capitalism from early industrialization to the present global economy.
Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete. By Byron Reeves and J. Leighton Read. Harvard Business, $29.95 (9781422146576).
This collaboration between a Stanford University professor and a venture capitalist, both geeks at heart, lives up to its title. Games and virtual reality are shown to provide the right kind of business platform to solve common corporate “people” problems.
War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire. By Sarah Ellison. Houghton, $27 (9780547152431).
Ellison, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, tells the riveting story of the acquisition of Dow Jones & Company and the Journal in August 2007 by media giant Rupert Murdoch.
Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World. By Linda Tarr-Whelan. Berrett-Koehler, $24.95 (9781605091358).
The author draws on research in the U.S. and abroad showing how greater involvement by women in leadership positions leads to new perspectives and more effective solutions.
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