The six most influential business books in 2014 have been chosen as finalists in the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance by Julia Angwin
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies
House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
Bit of an anticlimax actually. No Jim Collins / Stephen Covey style authors with their novel thinking. And no inspiring Steve Jobs style biographies with nuggets of inspiration.
Of the two that I’ve read:
The Second Machine Age provides an overview on globalisation and the Internet, and gives us a glimpse of where we’re heading – although no special insights for those of us who work in it every day.
And Creativity, Inc is really a story about Pixar, the animation company that made Toy Story (amongst other movies), with a few management tips thrown in.