Booz & Company’s publication, strategy+business, comes out with a review of the best business books every year. The Top Shelf, or “best of the best,” from each of the seven categories are:

The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business, by Rita Gunther McGrath (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)

Company Stories
Story of My People, by Edoardo Nesi (Other Press, 2013)

Rough Diamonds: The Four Traits of Successful Breakout Firms in BRIC Countries, by Seung Ho Park, Nan Zhou, and Gerardo R. Ungson (Jossey-Bass, 2013)

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)

Simple: Conquering the Crisis  of Complexity, by Alan Siegel and Irene  Etzkorn (Twelve, 2013)

Managerial Self-Help
Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, by Edgar H. Schein (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013)

Everybody Ought to Be Rich: The Life and Times of John J. Raskob, Capitalist, by David Farber (Oxford University Press, 2013)

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