Books

From this month's MT

Sue Biggs, director-general of the RHS: My three top reads Sue Biggs of the Royal Horticultural Society picks out three books she'd recommend.

The Death of money: Is the dollar about to collapse? An exaggerated and tendentious report into the demise of western capitalism concludes with some barmy investment advice. Reviewer Howard Davies is not impressed.

AUTHOR Q&A: Mrs Moneypenny, Financial Advice for Independent Women Too many women defer to men on matters of money. Here's Mrs Moneypenny's advice on negotiating a pay rise, cutting grocery bills and taking control of your finances.

Creativity, Inc: The story of Pixar Who better than the founder of Pixar to give advice on how to build teams and stop a business going stale? Michael Rose applauds an inspiring memoir cum guide.

BUSINESS CLASSIC: The Practice of Management, 1954 There's no need to retire this 60-year-old management bible yet, says Stefan Stern.

Branson: Behind The Mask - review A skewed perspective stops this biography from giving us the full flavour of the man. But anyone thinking about getting into bed with Old Beardie ought to read it, advises reviewer Matthew Lynn.

Arianna Huffington's Thrive: 'A triple whammy of tosh'

Arianna Huffington's Thrive: 'A triple whammy of tosh'

By Stephen Bayley Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ancient Greek notions of trinity provide the structure for Arianna Huffington's self-help book. Unfortunately, what she's served up is not tripos but tripe, says reviewer Stephen Bayley.

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Driving Honda: 'A car crash of a book'

Driving Honda: 'A car crash of a book'

02 September 2014

A great subject is ill served by a credulous and ungifted author, who barely seems to know what Formula One is, says reviewer Stephen Bayley.

 
 
'Chinese boss offered me $20,000 to write to Angelina Jolie'

'Chinese boss offered me $20,000 to write to Angelina Jolie'

01 September 2014

Eden Collinsworth, author of I Stand Corrected, on the unique challenges of working in contemporary China.

 
 
Justine Roberts, founder and CEO of Mumsnet, shares her top 3 reads

Justine Roberts, founder and CEO of Mumsnet, shares her top 3 reads

11 July 2014

1) The Circle, by Dave Eggers Hamish Hamilton, 8.99 This is a cautionary tale about our state of perpetual electronic connectedness. With more than a nod to 1984, Eggers' dystopian vision centres on a company called The Circle, a thinly disgu...

 
 
'I had to deal with inner turmoil almost daily' - the secret cost of hiding your sexuality

'I had to deal with inner turmoil almost daily' - the secret cost of hiding your sexuality

10 July 2014

Individuals and businesses both pay a price for anti-gay prejudice at work. Brendan Walsh applauds Lord Browne's mixture of autobiography, critique and warning.

 
 
Scrap free healthcare and give everyone a £1,000 cheque, says Freakonomics author Steven Levitt

Scrap free healthcare and give everyone a £1,000 cheque, says Freakonomics author Steven Levitt

09 July 2014

The man behind Freakonomics and Think Like a Freak reveals how he'd stop NHS freeloaders. David Cameron, listen up.

 
 
Can plastic surgery make you a better leader?

Can plastic surgery make you a better leader?

08 July 2014

According to the author of Executive Presence, women should consider hiring an image consultant and having plastic surgery to get ahead.

 
 
Lead to Succeed: A new look at leadership

Lead to Succeed: A new look at leadership

03 June 2014

If you want to move up from being a Mach 1 to a Mach 2 type of boss, this is the book for you, even though it traverses some well-trodden ground, says reviewer Khalid Aziz.

 
 
The frugal innovator: creating change on a shoestring budget

The frugal innovator: creating change on a shoestring budget

02 June 2014

The Frugal Innovator's author offers some bold ideas for making our limited resources go further. He deserves a wide readership, says reviewer Charlie Dawson.

 
 
It's a rich man's world: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

It's a rich man's world: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

02 June 2014

Neo-liberal economic policies will lead to more and more inequality and social unrest, argues the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Policy makers should take heed of this important book.

 
 
AUTHOR Q&A: Margaret Heffernan: A Bigger Prize

AUTHOR Q&A: Margaret Heffernan: A Bigger Prize

02 June 2014

Being top seems to be everything - but at what cost, asks Margaret Heffernan.

 
 
The zero marginal cost society - welcome to the 3d future

The zero marginal cost society - welcome to the 3d future

01 June 2014

BOOKS: The author makes the low-cost, sharing economy sound inevitable, but what's to stop it being co-opted by big business, wonders reviewer Benita Matofska.

 
 
AUTHOR Q&A: Wally Olins, Brand New

AUTHOR Q&A: Wally Olins, Brand New

15 April 2014

Wally Olins, the founder of one of the world's largest brand consultancies, has died aged 83. In March MT quizzed him about his new book and the shape of brands to come.

 
 
AUTHOR Q&A: Michael Tobin, Forget Strategy. Get results

AUTHOR Q&A: Michael Tobin, Forget Strategy. Get results

01 April 2014

The TelecityGroup boss says he wrote his book because people kept asking him about his 'radical' approach to management. Here he explains it.

 
 
Business Classic: The Innovator's Dilemma

Business Classic: The Innovator's Dilemma

28 March 2014

This book disrupted and reordered how many people think about innovation.

 
 
The financial crisis & the disappearance of investigative journalism

The financial crisis & the disappearance of investigative journalism

28 March 2014

This book cites journalists as the villains of the financial crisis, but nobody else wanted the party to stop, says reviewer Matthew Gwyther.

 
 
Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates: My three top reads

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates: My three top reads

27 March 2014

The former vice president of Skype picks the books that have inspired him.

 
 
Chineasy: The new way to read Chinese - review

Chineasy: The new way to read Chinese - review

25 March 2014

This clever book started out fun, but there's no disguising that learning Chinese is difficult. Very difficult, says Will Butler-Adams, the MD of Brompton Bicycle.

 
 
Alastair Lukies, Monitise CEO: My three top reads

Alastair Lukies, Monitise CEO: My three top reads

01 March 2014

Since it was launched in 2003, Monitise has transformed finance not only in the UK, but also in developing economies. Here, its founder picks the books that inspired him along the way.

 
 
BUSINESS CLASSIC: Reengineering the Corporation

BUSINESS CLASSIC: Reengineering the Corporation

01 March 2014

'Downsizing' might be standard business jargon now, but this 1993 classic was instrumental in establishing radical restructuring as standard corporate practice.

 
 
Tips and tricks of top managers

Tips and tricks of top managers

27 February 2014

BOOKS: The best bosses are more interested in people than processes. Kai Peters applauds a useful and knowledgeable guide to getting the best out of others.

 
 


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