Best Books 2013: Business

By Elizabeth Nelson

contagious1 Best Books 2013: BusinessBerger, Jonah. Contagious: Why Things Catch On. S. & S. ISBN 9781451686579. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451686593. BUS

Berger provides a look at why some things catch on (and others don’t) by examining the six principles—STEPPS—that make something really popular and using a series of stories from different industries, from restaurants to technology, to get his point across. (LJ 1/13)

 

 

 

music1 Best Books 2013: BusinessBlinder, Alan. After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead. Penguin Pr. ISBN 9781594205309. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101605875. ECON

Blinder presents a comprehensive and critical examination of the 2008 financial crisis, examining its causes as well as the governmental intervention that prevented a complete global financial collapse. He offers simple explanations of complex financial concepts and highlights the interactions between politics and economics. (LJ 1/13)

 

 

give1 Best Books 2013: BusinessGrant, Adam. Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. Viking. ISBN 9780670026555. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101622841. BUS

Contrary to popular belief, good guys can and do finish first, according to Grant, who takes a fresh look at professional interactions, describing people as givers, takers, or matchers. This book shares some of the stories and research related to successful “givers.” The concluding chapter includes practical advice on how to “fine-tune your giving.”(LJ 5/1/13)

 

 

 

firm1 Best Books 2013: BusinessMcDonald, Duff. The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business. S. & S. ISBN 9781439190975. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781439190999. BUS

Financial journalist McDonald offers an inside look at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. She details the company’s history since its founding in 1926 and its impact on how the United States does business, showing how the firm has survived through the years as an American icon.

 

 

 

leanin1 Best Books 2013: BusinessSandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead. Knopf. ISBN 9780385349949. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385349956. BUS

Facebook.com COO Sandberg pulls together personal stories, research, and humor to talk about why women haven’t yet stepped up to leadership positions in government and industry and why they may be un­intentionally holding themselves back. She concludes with a call to action for women to lean in and lead. (LJ 4/1/13)

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