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Business Books from "The Economist," April 13, 2013


April., Digital ID 1543250, New York Public LibraryThe April 13, 2013 Economist included its quarterly business book reviews. Here is a listing.

For those interested in the articles, you can find them through some of our electronic resources—We recommend our ProQuest Research Library database, available from home with a library card. Or you can find them on The Economist's website (if you're a subscriber). For those who are too impatient to read those, I've included for each book, based on the articles, a short squib.

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Work With Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business, by Barbara Annis and John Gray (Being released in May)

A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms, by Susan Coleman and Alicia Robb (Being released in May)

The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society, by Alison Wolf (Being released in October)

"[A]fter decades of women failing to gain equal representation in executive suites, it is notable how many books now focus on women altering their behaviour, rather than men changing their way of doing things. Women cannot change their fate on their own."

What It Takes: Seven Secrets of Success from the World's Greatest Professionals, by Charles Ellis (Coming soon to NYPL)

"[A] fascinating analysis both of how corporate greatness can be achieved and how easily it can be lost."

The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It, by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig

"[I]n the book's homespun simplicity, it adopts a shrill tone and then gallops past important and nuanced agruments that, if addressed, would have strengthened the authors' contention that the banking system needs to hold a lot more capital than it does at the moment."

Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the Rules of Borderless Business, by Hiroshi Mikitani

The author, head of Rakuten, an e-commerce giant, unleashed "Englishnization" on his employees in 2010. "But it remains to be seen whether spreading English by the sword at Rakuten is serving as an inspiration or as a warning to other companies and workers." As homespun wisdom, "[t]he Rakuten meeting system ... cutting time spent in meeting by 90% deserves to be copied well beyond Japan."


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