The best in business books 2013

December 5, 2013 | Teresa

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This is one of my favorite times of the year.  December always brings lists - the best of.. to remind us of all the good things that we have enjoyed this past year - movies, television shows, music, and best of all books.  

Librarians like to celebrate with publishers, titles that have resonated with readers and will most probably be read for years to come.  Many magazines and websites offer their take on the best titles of the year.  Have a look at a few outstanding titles and who knows, maybe you will find some time over the holidays to curl up with a good business book!  To link to the print copies of these titles, click on the book covers.


Best business books 2013 no 1The everything store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon, won the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award this year.  This is the story of the founder of who began as a distributor of books and has morphed his website business to include, well just about everything.  More than just a story about the man and his company, author Brad Stone explores how Amazon revolutionized internet shopping.

This title is also available as an e-book from the library. 





Best business books 2013 no 2Probably one of the most discussed titles (at least among women) this year, was Lean In: women, work and the will to lead.  Written by Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg, this book explores why women still face an uphill climb in the battle to lead companies.  The author shares many of her personal experiences in her rise to the top.  The author, in 2010, shared some of her views in a TED talk that discussed why there are so few women leaders.

 This title is also available as an audiobook, an e-audiobook and an ebook.





Best business books 2013 no 3Plutocrats: the rise of the new global superrich and the fall of everyone else, written by former Globe and Mail editor (and new MP) Chrystia Freeland was the winner of this year's National Business Book Award.  This title explores the growing disparity between the rich and the poor.  The author draws comparisions with the super rich of today and the rich of the Gilded Age of the 1800s when the top 1% of the U.S population controlled one third of the nations wealth.

 This title is available as an ebook, and an  e-audiobook.





Best business books 2013 no 4Hedge hogs: the Cowboy Traders behind Wall Street's largest hedge fund disaster examines the collapse of one hedge fund - Amaranth Advisors, who managed 9 billion dollars in assets.  The collapse was owing to oversize holdings in ­natural-gas futures executed by a young trader named Brian Hunter- who was also a Canadian.  Author Barbara Dryfuss examines the largely unregulated area of energy trading.

This title is also available as an ebook.





Best business books 2013 no 5A finalist in this years National Book Awards, Double Double: how Tim Horton's became a way of Canadian life, one cup at a time examines the company's history, from its founder, hockey great Tim Horton, to its expansion into the American market with its merger with Wendy's.  How the company has become synonymous with Canada, is truly a fascinating story. 


This title is also available as an ebook.