Five interesting business books
As part of my work as a professional speaker I read one business book a week and the following are my latest suggested reads.
Misbehaving – The making of behavioural economics by Richard Thaler
Richard Thaler is considered to be the father (or at least the main cheerleader) of behavourial economics. His latest book provides a chronological overview of how this discipline developed over the course of the author's distinguished 40-year career and his collaborations and associations with the world's leading economists, psychologists, and mathematicians.
Postcapitalism – A guide to our future by Paul Mason
A brilliant exploration of what's wrong with the current economic model, drawing on history and a critical analysis of emerging trends such as climate change, ageing population, mass migration and the pervasive reach of information and digital networks. The final chapter sets out Paul's idea of how a post-capitalism model might look and how it might be created. I couldn't put this book down and read it in three days. I liked it so much I'm going to read it again.
Blockchain Revolution – How the technology behind Bitcoin is changing money, business and the world By Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
If you are like me, you’ll have heard of Blockchain but don’t understand the implications. This book, while a bit heavy and slightly abstract, opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and potential benefits of the emerging blockchain technology.
The Rise of the Robots – Technology and the threat of mass unemployment by Martin Ford
I can't praise this book highly enough. You might not agree with all Ford's predictions but his narrative will make you more aware and able to handle (and benefit from) the rise of the robots and automation.
The Joy of Tax - How a fair tax system can create a better society by Richard Murphy
Richard Murphy is a Chartered Accountant and a campaigner for ‘tax justice’, who I follow on Twitter and read his blog. This is his latest book in which he sets out his ideas for how taxation might be reformed to create a fairer society. While some of his thinking lacks sufficient quantitative analysis, and questions current orthodox, this book will give you a different perspective on how fiscal policy might be reformed.
I’d welcome any business book recommendations you might have, so feel free to leave a comment.