These are Economist’s editorial picks — and not best sellers (as was previously complained about) — in the category "Economics and business"
Note: The selection of books and authors is by The Economist; the order of books is mine; The books that have the cover image I have either read or browsed and want to read (and are my recommendations off of this list):
By William D. Cohan. Doubleday; 742 pages; $29.95
How an investment bank concentrated on providing corporate advice to the rich and powerful—a business model that relied not on its balance sheet but on the brains and wiles of the men toiling away in its famously ratty offices. William Cohan used to work at Lazard’s himself.
By Ian Ayres. Bantam; 272 pages; $25. John Murray; £16.99
lively and clear analysis of how the accumulation of large bodies of
data is changing the way that businesses (and people) make decisions.
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
By Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Random House; 400 pages; $26.95. Allen Lane; £20
A Wall Street trader turned philosopher on the power of the unexpected.
By Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. Portfolio; 320 pages; $25.95. Atlantic Books; £16.99
A believers’ guide to how the emergence of community on the internet is fundamentally changing business.
By Conor O’Clery. PublicAffairs; 352 pages; $26.95 and £15.99
rollicking story of how, by stealth, an Irish-American obsessed by
secrecy built a business empire and revolutionised philanthropy.
By Rakesh Khurana. Princeton University Press; 542 pages; $35 and £19
A Harvard Business School professor tells the fascinating tale of how management has lost its way.
By Paul Collier. Oxford University Press; 224 pages; $28 and £16.99
with statistical nuggets and common sense, this book, by an economics
professor at Oxford University, should be compulsory reading for anyone
embroiled in the thankless business of trying to pull people out of the
pit of poverty.
By Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant. Jossey-Bass; 336 pages; $29.95 and £15.99
As the importance of non-profit organisations grows, so does the need for them to be well managed and effective. Cleverly chosen examples show how the best achieve their impact.
By Alan Greenspan. Penguin Press; 531 pages; $35 and £25
memoir-cum-essay by the famously opaque former chairman of the Federal
Reserve that provides few surprises, but is an unexpectedly enjoyable