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Curated Booklists - Business & Economics

Best Business Books of 2021 / Dec. 2021

For December 2021, here are 12 books from JMU’s print and electronic collections that were among the titles on the longlist for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year for 2021. Nicole Perlroth's This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends won the £30,000 prize

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The cyberweapons arms race

Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, written like a thriller and a reference, this is an astonishing feat of journalism. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, The New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel.

Empire of Pain

A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.

The aristocracy of talent: How meritocracy made the modern world

Traces the history of meritocracy forged by the politicians and officials who introduced the revolutionary principle of open competition, the psychologists who devised methods for measuring natural mental abilities, and the educationalists who built ladders of educational opportunity.

The New Climate War: The fight to take back the planet

A renowned climate scientist shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a thirty-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.

The Conversation: How seeking and speaking the truth about racism can radically transform individuals and organizations :

An essential tool for individuals, organizations, and communities of all sizes to jump-start dialogue on racism and bias and to transform well-intentioned statements on diversity into concrete actions--from a leading Harvard social psychologist.

The World for sale: Money, power, and the traders who barter the earth's resources

Two leading journalists lift the lid on one of the least scrutinised corners of the world economy: the workings of the billionaire commodity traders who buy, hoard and sell the earth's resources.

What We Owe Each Other: A new social contract for a better society

Caring for others, paying taxes, and benefiting from public services define the social contract that supports and binds us together as a society. Today, however, our social contract has been broken by changing gender roles, technology, new models of work, aging, and the perils of climate change.

Unraveled: The life and death of a garment

A groundbreaking chronicle of the birth--and death--of a pair of jeans, that exposes the fractures in our global supply chains, and our relationships to each other, ourselves, and the planet.

Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from anywhere

A Harvard Business School professor and leading expert in virtual and global work provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations.

Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for prosperity in an unforgiving world

A challenge to prevailing ideas about innovation and a guide to identifying the best growth strategy for your community.

The Cult of We: WeWork and the Great Start-Up Delusion 

The inside story of WeWork, its audacious founder, and what its epic unraveling says about a financial system drunk on the elixir of Silicon Valley innovation.

Net Positive: How courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take

Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman and sustainable business guru Andrew Winston explode fifty years of corporate dogma. They reveal, for the first time, key lessons from Unilever and other pioneering companies around the world about how you can profit by fixing the world's problems instead of creating them.