The 5 best business and technology books of Fall 2013 (so far)

Our completely subjective list of titles that educate, inspire and could possibly influence discussions between IT professionals and their business counterparts


It’s no so much what you should be reading. It’s what your boss might be reading.

As the weather gets colder and nights start earlier, there’s even more incentive to settle down with something both entertaining and educating to read. Here are a few ideas of titles that look promising to get you started.

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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon: Brad Stone gives an in-depth look at the company that defined e-commerce and our understanding of what a retail customer experience in the twenty-first century should look like.

51rxeahPPKL._SL500_AA300_Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal: Nick Bilton dishes plenty of dirt in this story of the social media service’s early days. If you’re working with a promising startup and sense some drama behind the scenes, this book might explain the reason why.

41c7-8pUz2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU15_The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature and the Future of Forecasting: Allen Greenspan may not have averted the 2008 financial crisis, but his analysis is sure to be the talk of senior leadership teams everywhere. Some of the same thinking around risk and strategy in finance could apply to IT, too.

51sK9kGinaL._SL500_AA300_CTRL Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business, Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends On It: Mitch Joel understands better than most how marketing is changing and how to stay on top of it. This could be the bible on data-driven decision-making for CMOs — the people who may soon be spending more on IT than the IT department.

41+B7zf6iZL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For the Better: Clive Thompson suggests that for all the problems brought on by a world that’s becoming increasingly mobile, social and online, there are also some surprising benefits. This might be also be a good gift idea for a boss who’s ready to be impressed.

What about you? What are some of the best books you’ve read this year? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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