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Books of 2009 December 31, 2009

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Books.
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Here’s the annual rundown of books I read this past year:

Chris Anderson

FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

Paul Arden

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

Brian Ashcraft with Jean Snow

Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan’s Video Game Centers

Julian Baggini

The Pig that Wants to be Eaten and 99 Other Thought Experiments

Stephen Baker

The Numerati

Alan Beattie

False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World

Michael Chabon

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

Stephen M. R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

Tyler Cowen

Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disorganized World

Chris Denove and James D. Power IV

Satisfaction: How Every Great Company Listens to the Voice of the Customer

Niall Ferguson

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

Mark L. Frigo and Joel Litman

Driven: Business Strategy, Human Actions, and the Creation of Wealth

Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants

Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

Interworld

Benjamin Gilad

Business War Games: How Large, Small and New Companies Can Vastly Improve Their Strategies and Outmaneuver the Competition

Seth Godin

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

Sasha Issenberg

The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy

Craig Karmin

Biography of the Dollar: How the Mighty Buck Conquered the World and Why It’s Under Siege

Koushun Takami

Battle Royale

Stephen Leeb

Game Over: How You Can Prosper in a Shattered Economy

Jonah Lehrer

How We Decide

Martin Lindstrom

Buyology: How Everything We Believe About Why We Buy Is Wrong

Danny Meyer

Setting the Table: the Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Haruki Murakami

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (A Memoir)

Dan Roam

Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

John Rolfe and Peter Troob

Monkey Business: Swinging through the Wall Street Jungle

John Rosenberger, John Nash and Ann Graham

The Deciding Factor: The Power of Analytics to Make Every Decision a Winner

Peter Sheahan

Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings

David M. Smick

The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers of the Global Economy

Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Wikinomics

Dana Thomas

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

Rob Walker

Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Angel’s Game

Various

What Matters Now

Fewer fiction on the list this time around, and a fair bit of pass-along reading from my dad. While there are a couple of misses on the list — didn’t much care for Flip! or Create Your Own Economy — there are several that are absolutely exceptional, such as Free, The Sushi Economy, What Matters Now, and what I feel was the best book I read this year, Buying In.

All in all, a great reading list for 2009. As for 2010, I’ve only got three books on queue right now (one of which is my copy of Nancy Duarte’s Slide:ology that’s been sitting on my shelf for months!), so suggestions are very welcome.

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