“Economics and Business” Books of the Year (Economist)


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):


Last_tycoonsThe Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co—A Tale of Unrestrained Ambition, Billion-Dollar Fortunes, Byzantine Power Struggles, and Hidden Scandal

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.



Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart

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.



Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

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.


The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune

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.


From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession

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.

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

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.

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

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.


The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

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

Category: Books

14,164.53* (Read it here first)

Category: Financial Press

Damn Spammers!

Category: Weblogs

How Big Is It?

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Real Estate

Housing Charts: Genesis of a Crisis

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Finance, Real Estate

SubPrime? So what?

I have long respected and enjoyed Jim Cramer, but jeez, could he have possibly been any more wrong than this?  Its one thing to be wrong about the future, but how about getting the present correct?

So Subprime Blows Up; So What, Says Cramer (Jim gives you the scoop on why the $500 billion market is no threat to
the market, even if it fully collapses. Added: July 16, 2007)

Geez, that makes 6,800 look good.

via ZackAttack (here)

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Video

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Category: Financial Press

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Category: Credit, Real Estate, Taxes and Policy

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Category: Financial Press

CFO Optimism Spirals Downward

Category: Corporate Management, Economy, Psychology