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Best Books of 2009

Top 10 Books: Business & Investing

Welcome to our Best of 2009 top 10 lists for Business & Investing. We've put our editors' picks and our 2009 bestsellers for each category on the same page together, so you can easily compare. Click on "Editors' Picks" to see our editors' list of the best business and investing books of 2009, including our top pick, Justin Fox's provocative The Myth of the Rational Market. And click on "Customer Favorites" to find the bestselling business and investing books at Amazon.com during 2009. (Ranked according to customer orders through October. Only books published for the first time in 2009 are eligible.) See more editors' picks and customers' favorites in our Best of 2009 Store.


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1. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street
The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street
by Justin Fox
3.9 out of 5 stars (103 customer reviews)
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HarperBusiness
June 9, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. At the core of the current financial crisis has been the widely held assumption that markets behave rationally. Fox, ... Read more

2. Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe
Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe
by Gillian Tett
4.3 out of 5 stars (87 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Free Press
May 12, 2009
Hardcover

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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. At once a gripping narrative, an education in derivatives, and a most lucid origin-story for the current financial meltdown, it's no surprise the author of this volume is an award-winning Financial Times journalist. Taking readers back to t... Read more

3. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
by Matthew B. Crawford
3.8 out of 5 stars (302 customer reviews)
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Penguin Press HC, The
May 28, 2009
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Starred Review. Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls manual competence, the ability to work with one... Read more

4. How Did That Happen?: Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way
How Did That Happen?: Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way
by Roger Connors
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 customer reviews)
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Portfolio Hardcover
August 11, 2009
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Review
"Definitely the 'go-to' book for teaching organizational accountability that works- without the backlash." -Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 habits of Highly Effective People "Packed with practical tools and insights, this is the book that can help you turn accountability from concept into reality." -Jim Mazzo, president, Abbott Medical ... Read more

5. Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life
Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life
by Winifred Gallagher
3.9 out of 5 stars (44 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Penguin Press HC, The
April 16, 2009
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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Exclusive: Winifred Gallagher on Rapt A wise research psychiatrist once told me that he had identified life's greatest problem: How to balance self and others, or your need for independence with your need for relationship? Since writing ... Read more

6. In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
by David Wessel
3.8 out of 5 stars (65 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Crown Business
August 4, 2009
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“...gives a revealing blow-by-blow account of the recent financial crisis”—David Brooks, The New York Times“...essential, lucid—and, it turns out, riveting—reading."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times“...a tale that’s nothing short of hair-raising..reveals in scary detail how unprepared politicians and regulators truly were...”—Paul M Barrett, The New York Times Book Review“Wessel ... Read more

7. Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
by Chris Brogan
4.4 out of 5 stars (116 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Wiley
August 24, 2009
Hardcover

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How to tap the power of social software and networks to build your businessIn Trust Agents, two social media veterans show you how to tap into the power of social networks to build your brand's influence, reputation, and, of course, profits. Today's online influencers are web natives who trade ... Read more

8. Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
by George A. Akerlof
3.7 out of 5 stars (82 customer reviews)
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Princeton University Press
February 18, 2009
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Review
Robert J. Shiller, Co-Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in EconomicsWinner of the 2009 Book Award, getAbstract InternationalWinner of the 2009 Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security, TIAA-CREFWinner of the 2009 Finance Book of the Year, CBN (China Business News) Financial Value ... Read more

9. SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good
SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good
by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
4.9 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
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Crown Business
August 25, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Harvard Business School professor Kanter (Confidence) offers cutting-edge insights on corporate competitiveness in this timely and captivating assessment of what it takes to succeed in the face of rapid technological, cultural and economic change. Asserting that globalization increases the likelihood for shorter organizational life cycles, Kanter argues that companies ... Read more

10. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
by Hugh MacLeod
4.0 out of 5 stars (157 customer reviews)
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Portfolio Hardcover
June 11, 2009
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Amazon.com Review
Book Description When Hugh MacLeod was a struggling young copywriter, living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar. Those cartoons eventually led to a popular blog – gapingvoid.com – and a reputation for pithy ... Read more