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Inc.s Laura Montini presents the favorite books of top CEOs, compiled by and Domo, in the format of an infographic. This list reveals not only favorite business titles, but fiction and non-business books as well.  Here are some of the CEOs and their favored fiction titles:

Jeff Bezos (Amazon) – A Wrinkle in Time, The Remains of the Day

Bill Gates (Microsoft) – The Catcher in the Rye

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) – Ender’s Game, The Aeneid

Randall Stephenson (AT&T) – The Brothers Karamazov

Ken Powell (General Mills) – Freedom: A Novel, The Corrections 

Meg Whitman – A Christmas Carol

Elon Musk  – A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

James Gorman (Morgan Stanley) – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


According to “In 2014, the Ebola virus, widespread theft of personal information, and shocking acts of violence and brutality dominated the news. Vulnerability and visibility were at the core of the year’s most notable headlines. Encapsulating those themes,’s Word of the Year for 2014 is exposure.”

Click here for the infographic.

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Here are Library Journal’s picks for best business books of the year 2014, as chosen by reviewers and columnists. Library Journal is an important publication used by professionals to evaluate titles for their libraries.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull 

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty 

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling for Less, by Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao 

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek  

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PwC Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), through its publication, strategy + business, has made available its annual review of the year’s best business books. The “Top Shelf” winners for each of the seven categories are as follows:

Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World, by John P. Kotter
(Harvard Business Review Press, 2014)

Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers, by Niraj Dawar
(Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)

Executive Self-Improvement
Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions, by Phil Rosenzweig
(PublicAffairs, 2014)

Organizational Culture
The Circle, by Dave Eggers
(Knopf, 2013)

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science, by Alex Pentland
(Penguin Press, 2014)

The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by Andrew S. Winston
(Harvard Business Review Press, 2014)

Capital in the 21st Century, by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer
(Belknap Press, 2014)’s James A. Martin reviews GetAbstract, an app that provides brief summaries of business books. GetAbstract’s website “provides downloadable summaries of more than 10,000 business books, TED Talks and other content, organized in 12 categories and with 50 new summaries added each month….You can download the apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, andBlackBerry devices. They are free, and you can use them to download up to six free summaries as part of a trial. After that, you need a subscription, which range from $89 a year to $999 a year.”

Mr. Martin’s only complaint is that many current best sellers are not offered.

Founded by longtime research analysts Laura Young and Michael Hill, Bizologie is an independent research consultancy serving venture capital firms, private equity firms, start-ups and established companies. On their website, they provide listings of free business research resources. They state, “One of our goals at Bizologie is to help you keep up with free resources for business research. Here are a few of our favorite sites, tools and tactics for doing business research on a shoestring budget.” The resource categories are: Favorite Tactics; Favorite Tools, such as Prezi, Aviary, and Bliss Control; Finance; General Business; International Statistics; Marketing, Advertisers, and Shoppers; Oil & Gas; Private Companies-Domestic; Private Companies-International; and Statistics & Government Data. There are also great blog posts including “How To Find a SWOT Analysis,” and “Using Investor Presentations for Energy and Gas.”

Open Culture posted this infographic on what causes the smell of old and new books from a chemistry perspective. The infographic is created by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK and posted, with a written explanation, on his excellent website, Compound Interest. Click on the image for a larger view.

Infographic courtesy of Open Culture and Compound Interest

Infographic courtesy of Open Culture and Compound Interest


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