Ripping yarns

The FT just announced that 

by Brad Stone won its business book of the year competition. Unusually, I’ve not read any of the shortlist this year, apart from half of 
(a short book), as it was lying around an office where I was waiting for a meeting. The first half was disappointing – it made a perfectly reasonable point about women needing to do a bit of self-promotion as the men around aren’t going to do it for them. But it didn’t even seem to touch – even in the second half – on the institutional and societal barriers to women’s status and income; it is all about the individual.

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Anyway, I’ll pick up some of the other short-listed titles when they’re out in paperback.

appeals, as do 
(about central banks) and 
(about RBS).

Although I don’t read as many business as economics books, a few of them are truly ripping yarns – it has to be said that the majority are extremely dull. My husband just read, and strongly recommends 

by Nick Bilton. One of my all-time favourites is Robert Cringley’s
. My introduction to the oeuvre was Alfred Sloan’s classic 
  – a little different as it’s a business autobiography rather than a biography by a more or less objective outsider, but I think it definitely stands the test of time, and it was the first time I realised that there could be good, interesting books about business.

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3 thoughts on “Ripping yarns

  1. Pingback: Diane Coyle – @diane1859 – Ripping yarns – busines… | Bristol Festival of Ideas

  2. Michael Edwardes 1983 thriller Back From The Brink still resonates today. His description of the management layers at BL prefigures David Brent and still describes many long standing British organisations, public as well as private; the BBC under Thompson for example.. Take a sickie any one? His characterisation of the Callaghan and Thatcher administrations is acute and still relevant to understanding the Tories.

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