Sunday, June 30, 2019

Best Business Books | 2018

wall of books

"What we really need is not more authors, 
or better publishers.  What we most need is 
a vastly better system to identify the books we will love."

Beantown Web has developed such a system. For the 11th year running Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year. These books are most likely to add value to your career. 

This year's search began by identifying 11 "Best of" lists. This resource list is available upon request. Presented here are the results.

A total of 119 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list -- 79 of these books were mentioned only once.

The Honorable Mention Shelf

An additional 27 books were mentioned on two lists and these books comprise the Honorable Mention list.

The Must-Read Shelf

Eight books were mentioned on three lists and have been placed on the Must-Read shelf:

The Top Shelf

Three books were mentioned on four lists:
One book was mentioned on five lists:
One book was mentioned on six lists:

The Art of Gathering The Billionaire Raj
When New Power
Bad Blood

Personal Recommendations

If 13 books are too many to chose from, then check out the following Short List.  The four highest rated books on Goodreads (of the 13 listed here) are as follows:
These four books are now on my Short List.

I have read one of five books on the Top Shelf and four from the eight books on the Must-Read shelf.  As I work through this reading list, I will post my reviews at and share links here.
You can access reviews of all 98 Leadership and Strategy books I have read at Pinterest.

Suggested Success Strategy

Regardless of your professional discipline, business is the engine that drives economic well-being. The economy continues to improve and job growth continues to look promising in 2019.  However, the winds of caution have started to rustle the leaves.  You can help enhance your personal economic prospects -- and prepare for an uncertain future -- by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the five pictured above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2019.  Of course, you can select all 13 books, read more than one per month, and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!

[ NOTE: The 13 Best Business Books of 2018 -- those making at least three "Best of" lists -- are being counted down on Facebook.  Follow Beantown Web on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web and on Twitter @genebabon. ]

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