Best Business Books – 2014

by: Buffett, Howard G.
40 chances : finding hope in a hungry world /

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View Description“If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? Legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son in 2006, when he announced he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy. Howard G. Buffett set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth–nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And Howard has given himself a deadline: 40 years to put more than $3 billion to work on this challenge. Howard learned this lesson through his passion for farming: each farmer can expect to have about 40 growing seasons, giving him just 40 chances to improve on every harvest. This lesson applies to all of us, because we all have about 40 productive years to do the best job we can, whatever our passions may be. This book captures Howard’s journey around the world as he seeks out new approaches to ease the suffering of so many”–From publisher description.

by: Berger, Warren,
A more beautiful question : the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas /

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by: Kaiser, Robert G.,
Act of Congress : how America’s essential institution works, and how it doesn’t /

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by: Blyth, Mark,
Austerity : the history of a dangerous idea /
Oxford University Press, 2013.
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by: Piketty, Thomas,
Capital in the twenty-first century /

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View DescriptionWhat are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In this work the author analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality. He shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality, the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth, today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values if political action is not taken. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, the author says, and may do so again. This original work reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.

by: Catmull, Edwin E.
Creativity, Inc. : overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration /

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by: Kuttner, Robert.
Debtors’ prison : the politics of austerity versus possibility /
Knopf, 2013.
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by: Lutz, Robert A.
Icons and idiots : straight talk on leadership /

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by: Fernandez Araoz, Claudio.
It’s not the how or the what but the who : succeed by surrounding yourself with the best /

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by: Sinek, Simon.
Leaders eat last : why some teams pull together and others don’t /

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by: Griffin, Emma.
Liberty’s dawn : a people’s history of the Industrial Revolution /

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by: Schulte, Brigid,
Overwhelmed : work, love, and play when no one has the time /

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by: Schawbel, Dan.
Promote yourself : the new rules for career success /

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by: Roam, Dan.
Show & tell : how everybody can make extraordinary presentations /

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by: Koch, Richard,
The 80/20 manager : the secret to working less and achieving more /
Little, Brown, 2013.
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by: Abramsky, Sasha.
The American way of poverty : how the other half still lives /

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by: Wheeler, Michael,
The art of negotiation : how to improvise agreement in a chaotic world /

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by: Admati, Anat R.
The bankers’ new clothes : what’s wrong with banking and what to do about it /
Princeton University Press, c2013.
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by: Steil, Benn.
The battle of Bretton Woods : John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the making of a new world order /
Princeton University Press, c2013.
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by: Polak, Paul.
The business solution to poverty : designing products and services for three billion new customers /

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by: Kay, Katty,
The confidence code : the science and art of self-assurance– what women should know /

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by: Johnson, Kevin D.
The entrepreneur mind : 100 essential beliefs, characteristics, and habits of elite entrepreneurs /

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View Description“In a praiseworthy effort to distill some of the most important lessons of entrepreneurship, Kevin D. Johnson, president of multimillion-dollar company Johnson Media Inc. and a serial entrepreneur for several years, shares the essential beliefs, characteristics, and habits of elite entrepreneurs. Through the conviction of his own personal experiences, which include a life-changing visit to Harvard Business School, and the compelling stories of modern-day business tycoons, Johnson transforms an oftentimes complex topic into a lucid and accessible one”–Page [4] of cover.

by: Stockman, David Alan,
The great deformation : the corruption of capitalism in America /

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View DescriptionIn this revisionist history of the American state, former Reagan budget director and bestselling author David Stockman shows where capitalism went wrong, how it was corrupted, and how it might be restored. He argues that Washington — and especially the Federal Reserve — have fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism and the ideologies of fiscal stimulus, monetary central planning, and financial bailouts. These policies have converged to bloat the welfare state, perpetuate the military-industrial complex, deplete the revenue base, fuel new financial bubbles, favor Wall Street with cheap money, rig stock and bond markets, crush Main Street savers, and punish family budgets with soaring food and energy costs.

by: Horowitz, Ben,
The hard thing about hard things : building a business when there are no easy answers /

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by: Haugen, Gary A.
The locust effect : why the end of poverty requires the end of violence /

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by: Greenspan, Alan,
The map and the territory : risk, human nature, and the future of forecasting /

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by: Kotler, Steven,
The rise of superman : decoding the science of ultimate human performance /

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by: Eggers, William D.
The solution revolution : how business, government, and social enterprises are teaming up to solve society’s toughest problems /

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by: Brabandere, Luc de.
Thinking in new boxes : a new paradigm for business creativity /

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by: Huffington, Arianna Stassinopoulos,
Thrive : the third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder /

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by: Paul, Jim.
What I learned losing a million dollars /
Columbia Business School Publishing, c2013.
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by: Isenberg, Daniel J.
Worthless, impossible, and stupid : how contrarian entrepreneurs create and capture extraordinary value /

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by: Roose, Kevin.
Young money : inside the hidden world of Wall Street’s post-crash recruits /

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View DescriptionBecoming a Wall Street banker is like pledging the world’s most lucrative and soul-crushing fraternity. Every year, thousands of eager college graduates are hired by the world’s financial giants, where they’re taught the secrets of making obscene amounts of money–as well as how to dress, talk, date, drink, and schmooze like real financiers. This is the inside story of this well-guarded world. Kevin Roose, New York magazine business writer, spent more than three years shadowing eight entry-level workers at leading investment firms. Roose chronicled their triumphs and disappointments, their million-dollar trades and runaway Excel spreadsheets, and got an unprecedented (and unauthorized) glimpse of the financial world’s initiation process. Roose’s young bankers are exposed to the exhausting workloads, huge bonuses, and recreational drugs, but they also experience an industry forever changed by the massive financial collapse of 2008. And as they get their Wall Street educations, they face hard questions about morality, prestige, and the value of their work.–From publisher description.

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