When it comes to books that cover business, the field grows ever wider: management, economics, start-up stories, tech breakthroughs and, increasingly, scandals. There are heaps of different ‘best of’ lists, each with heaps of different choices (there’s a selection at the end of this post).
As 2019 comes to an end it seems I’m not alone in needing inspiration and a hefty dollop of optimism. Here’s what’s on my wish-list/reading pile.
Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation by John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley. If the name sounds familiar, he was BP’s Global CEO, so probably knows a thing or two about engineering.
Equal: A story of women, pay and the BBC by Carrie Gracie. I used to enjoy The BBC’s China Editor’s pithy reports in BBC’s Business Daily podcasts and was astounded about the circumstances of her departure. I mean, the BBC, good grief.
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall. As I frequently work with people who come up with crazy ideas for a living, this is high on my list. Daniel Kahneman gives it a great review, so it must be worth a look…
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac, is very timely in the UK as the courtroom shenanigans continue; a blow has been dealt yet Uber still operates in London.
She Said: Breaking the sexual harassment story that helped ignite a movement by Jodi Cantor and Megan Twohey. I sincerely hope this turns into a block-buster film that everyone queues to see (as did ‘All the President’s Men’ many years ago).
More inspiration from these compilations:
strategy+business list their pick of 2019’s business books in 7 seven categories
Here’s the pick from The Financial Times (the overall winner of their ‘best book’ in conjunction with McKinsey has yet to be announced).