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LJ’s Best Business Books of 2010

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MacIntosh, Julie. Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, an American Icon. In a narrative that reads as fast as any fiction thriller, Financial Times journalist MacIntosh details the 2008 takeover of the iconic Anheuser-Busch brewing company by Belgian corporation InBev, focusing particularly on the company’s importance to the St. Louis region; its management, or lack thereof, by the Busch family (particularly the August Busches III and IV); and the broader unsettled economic climate of 2008.

Perino, Michael. The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance. Perino recounts the 1933 Senate hearings on Wall Street excesses and malfeasance, paying special attention to the impassioned case made by Ferdinand Pecora, lead counsel for the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency (and the equally impassioned financial defense mounted by National City Bank chair Charles Mitchell). This tale resounds in today’s financial climate. (LJ 9/15/10)

Lewis, Michael. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.
No one tells a business story better than Lewis (Liar’s Poker), and this narrative from the other side of the 2007–08 financial crisis is no exception. In telling the tale of the individuals who made money by betting that America’s housing bubble would burst, Lewis makes even the most complex financial products and systems comprehensible to general readers. (LJ 4/15/10)

Lowenstein, Roger. The End of Wall Street. Narratives of the 2007–08 financial crisis abounded in 2010, but Lowenstein (When Genius Fails) offers one of the most comprehensive, delving further into the 2009 recession than most similar titles and in a style that’s easily understandable to general readers. He also makes connections between the actions of overzealous financial professionals and the politicians who colluded with them. (LJ 3/15/10)

McGee, Suzanne. Chasing Goldman Sachs: How the Masters of the Universe Melted Wall Street Down…And Why They’ll Take Us to the Brink Again.
contributing editor McGee relied on more than 100 interviews for her financial history of both the investment-banking firm Goldman Sachs and Wall Street. She suggests that Goldman Sachs’s unrivaled profit making compelled other firms to engage in similarly risky (perhaps even fraudulent) strategies simply to “keep up” and speculates whether such calamities might be avoided in the future. (LJ 6/1/10)

McLean, Bethany & Joe Nocera. All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. McLean (The Smartest Guys in the Room) and New York Times reporter Nocera offer perhaps the best account of the 2007–08 financial crisis for hard-core business readers. In addition to examining the careers of well-known players like Angelo Mozilo, Lloyd Blankfein, and Alan Greenspan, they also investigate lesser-known financiers such as Moody’s former president Brian Clarkson and Fannie Mae’s Franklin Raines.

Taibbi, Matt. Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America. Rolling Stone contributing editor Taibbi argues that politics in America largely functions as entertainment, while shortsighted economic policies hugely benefit only a minority of individuals and businesses. Chapters on the mortgage crisis, the commodities bubble, and health-care reform are excellent, but he doesn’t mince words. Only suggest this book to readers who will be able to handle Alan Greenspan being called a “one-in-a-billion asshole.” (LJ 11/15/10)

Sutton, Robert I. Good Boss, Bad Boss: How To Be the Best…and Learn from the Worst. The author of the provocatively titled The No Asshole Rule strikes again in a refreshingly positive take on how individuals can learn to be good bosses, listing such commandments as listening attentively to one’s team and not holding grudges.

Heath, Chip & Dan Heath. Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard. The Heath brothers (Made To Stick) are back with a manifesto for accepting and fostering necessary changes at both the individual and the corporate levels. To make their case, they draw from a broad variety of sources, including behavioral experiments and business case studies. Their informal style makes this an easy-to-read text full of implementable ideas. (LJ 2/1/10)

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