SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Buy Insurance

STEVEN D. LEVITT & STEPHEN J. DUBER
I had a chance to read a prepublication copy SuperFreakonomics before it was officially released. I really liked Freakonomics and I think SuperFreakonomics is even better. Steven Levitt and Stephen ...

Prime Movers of Globalization

VACLAV SMIL
Vaclav Smil has written an entire book about the development and impact of gas turbines and diesel engines. Prime Movers of Globalization is another remarkable book by Smil, a professor at the Univers...

Tap Dancing to Work

WARREN BUFFETT
I never pass up the chance to spend time with my friend, Warren Buffett, because time with him is the essence of time well spent. Every time we get together, I learn a lot. I laugh a lot. And I leave ...

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

MARC LEVINSON
In the second half of the twentieth century, an innovation came along that would transform the way the world did business. At first, some people wrote it off as a fad. Others kept at it, convinced tha...

Stress Test

TIMOTHY F. GEITHNER
The central irony of Stress Test, the new memoir by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, is that a guy who was accused of being a lousy communicator while in office has penned a book that is s...

Business Adventures

JOHN BROOKS
Business Adventures, by John Brooks, is the best business book I’ve ever read. As I wrote in my full review, Warren Buffett first recommended this book to me in 1991, shortly after we first met. He l...

How to lie with statistics

DARRELL HUFF
I picked this one up after seeing it on a Wall Street Journal list of good books for investors. It was first published in 1954, but it doesn’t feel dated. In fact, I’d say it’s more relevant than ever...

The Power to Compete

HIROSHI MIKITANI
A while back I spent a day with Hiroshi Mikitani and found him to be a bright, engaging guy. I gather that he is viewed as something of a maverick in Japan. In The Power to Compete he lays out a five-...

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

PHIL KNIGHT
Shoe Dog, Phil Knight’s memoir about creating Nike, is a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey riddled with m...

Measure What Matters

JOHN DOERR
In his new book, John Doerr, venture capitalist and a frequent business partner of mine, explains how OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) work and shows how you can apply them in all sorts of situations...

Capitalism without Capital

JONATHAN HASKEL
Capitalism Without Capital explains how things we can’t touch are reshaping the economy. If you want to understand why this matters, this brilliant new book is about as good an explanation as I’ve se...

Bad Blood

JOHN CARREYROU
The inside story of the Theranos scandal is almost too wild to believe. Bad Blood tackles some serious ethical questions, but it is ultimately a thriller with a tragic ending. It’s a fun read full of ...

The Future of Capitalism

PAUL COLLIER
The Future of Capitalism wrestles with a tough problem. If you measure by things like GDP growth and lifespan, life is better for more people around the world than it has ever been. And yet many peopl...
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