It's Time for "Best Books" Lists

Yes, ’tis the season to be reading, or so say many publications.

The Financial Times has an ambitious “best of” list for 2009 that includes works of fiction and nonfiction on politics, religion, science, history, food, travel, and art. That publication’s business list, compiled by Stefan Stern, includes the likes of economists George Akerloff and Robert Shiller’s Animal Spirits (an endorsement of behavioral economics) and Liaquat Ahamed’s Lords of Finance (on how central bankers fumbled during the Great Depression). To read the complete list, go to http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/2fb47d30-dae5-11de-933d-00144feabdc0.html

BusinessWeek‘s list, compiled by me prior to my recent severance from the publication, features such volumes as New Yorker writer John Cassidy’s Why Markets Fail (an attack on “market fundamentalism”) and Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail (a blow-by-blow narrative of the recent market meltdown), along with such non-finance titles as Kenneth Roman’s The King of Madison Avenue (a bio of legendary ad man David Ogilvy). To read that list, go to http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_50/b4159075731414.htm?campaign_id=rss_topStories

The Wall Street Journal has yet to post a list of “best” business books, but it has a feature on holiday-themed mysteries. You can find this at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704431804574538612376847996.html

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