10 Best Business Books of 2018

Posted on December 14, 2018

by April S

Welcome to our series exploring some of the best books of the year. This post features fascinating books on business, capitalism, data mining, leadership, success and economics. Enjoy!

10 Notable Business Books of 2018

1. Bad Blood : Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood : Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Recounts the story behind Theranos, the medical equipment company that misled investors to believe they developed a revolutionary blood testing machine, detailing how its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, perpetuated the lie to bolster the value of the company by billions.

2. Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Thomas Ramge

Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Thomas Ramge

The Oxford professor and best-selling author of Big Data shares predictions for how data will revolutionize the market economy and make cash, banks and big companies obsolete.

3. The Third Door : The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan

The Third Door : The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan

Recounts the author’s journey to track down the world’s most successful people, including Larry King, Bill Gates, and Lady Gaga, and decode their success, discovering that they all took an unconventional path to greatness.

4. New Power : How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World and How to Make it Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

New Power : How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World and How to Make it Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

Two visionary thinkers and political influencers share game-changing perspectives into how power works differently in today’s hyper-connected world, explaining how some of the biggest stories of our age, from the rise of Uber to the election of Trump, reflect new currents of open, participatory and peer-driven power.

5. Switchers : How Smart Professionals Change Careers– and Seize Success by Dawn Graham

5. Switchers : How Smart Professionals Change Careers-- and Seize Success by Dawn Graham

The host of the Sirius XM show Career Talk provides tools for people who are seeking to switch careers and helps them understand the concerns of hiring managers—and think like they do.

6. The Culture Code : The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

The Culture Code : The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

A toolkit for building a cohesive, innovative and successful group culture. Daniel Coyle spent three years researching the question of what makes a successful group tick, visiting some of the world’s most productive groups–including Pixar, Navy SEALs, Zappos, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs.

7. The Formula : The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

The Formula : The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

In an examination of the scientific principles behind success, a leading researcher reveals the surprising ways to turn achievement into success.

8. Gigged : The End of the Job and the Future of Work by Sarah Kessler

Gigged : The End of the Job and the Future of Work by Sarah Kessler

A deeply sourced, story-driven account of America’s growing dependence on freelance labor tackles growing issues related to job security, income, benefits and industry disruptions as they have been analyzed by economic experts and experienced firsthand by workers.

9. Make Time : How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

Make Time : How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

The best-selling authors of “Sprint” outline a four-step system of small, practical habit and lifestyle changes for improving focus, overcoming overscheduling, finding greater work satisfaction and getting more out of everyday life.

10. The Art of Gathering : How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker

The Art of Gathering : How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker

A conflict resolution facilitator describes why most of the gatherings in our lives are boring and unproductive and uses examples ranging from conferences and meetings to courtrooms and flash mobs to demonstrate how simple, but specific changes can energize any gathering.

This is part of a series of blog posts highlighting some of the Best Books of the Year. We’re highlighting a mix of great reads … fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, young adult, graphic novels and so more throughout the month of December.

Best Business Books of 2018 Lists

Check out these great sources to find even more great books on business and leadership.

Financial Times

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