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Excellent Reading from a Terrible Year (BusinessWeek)

BusinessWeek best books 2008 Just in time for the Holiday shopping season, Hardy Green wrote an article in the December 15, 2008 issue of BusinessWeek about the year’s best business books. Excellent Reading from a Terrible Year – In 2008’s top 10 business books, you’ll find titans who act like school boys and management lessons from P&G.

  1. The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash (PublicAffairs) by Charles R. Morris
  2. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Bantam) by former insurance analyst Alice Schroeder (Abridged audiobook)
  3. The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs (The Penguin Press) by strategy consultant Charles D. Ellis
  4. Hell’s Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine (Metropolitan Books) by Diarmuid Jeffreys
  5. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (HarperCollins) by Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Dan Ariely
  6. The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives (Basic Books) by Columbia University law professor Michael Heller
  7. The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation (Crown Business) by P&G CEO A.G. Lafley and management consultant Ram Charan
  8. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman
  9. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (Spiegel & Grau) by former Wall Street Journal writer Leslie T. Chang
  10. Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown)by New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell (Unabridged audiobook)

So give Santa a hand and buy some great winter reading for you or somebody special!

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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