Best Business Books 2011

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January break looms large and with it time to open a good book or charge up the kindle for a great business read.  What do writers at the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and various business blogs recommend you pick up to stretch your brain and enlighten your imagination?  Here are a few of their selections that I will be reading or purchasing for friends and family members:

Biography:
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Decision Points by George W. Bush

Culture and History
On China
by Henry Kissenger

Civilization: the West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson

How the West Was Lost by Dambisa Moyo

Finance
Models.Behaving.Badly by Emanuel Derman

The Futures: the Rise of Speculators and the Origins of the World’s Biggest Markets by Emily Lambert

Leadership:
Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader by Linda A. Hill and Kent L. Lineback

Why are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? by Jeffrey Cohn and Jay Moran

Management:
The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL by Roger L. Martin

Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen

Necessary Endings: the Employees, Businesses, and Relationships that All of Us Need to Give Up In Order to Move Forward by Henry Cloud

Marketing
We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World by Simon Mainwaring

Strategy
Good Strategy, Bad Strategy
by Richard Rumelt

Technology
In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy

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