- Summer vacation is a great time to catch up on reading. It’s even better if the books you choose will make you more productive and happier when you head back to work.
- We picked out 15 business books from this year and last year that we found particularly entertaining and insightful.
- Those books include “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou, about the massive Theranos scandal, and “The Geometry of Wealth,” about getting a handle on your finances.
The best kind of summer reading is a book that’s both informative and entertaining — a book that makes you feel smarter without boring you to tears.
They’re not always easy to find, but lucky you — we’ve found 15 of them. Below, you’ll see some of our favorite business books from this year and last.
Don’t be surprised if you devour more than one in a single vacation week, and return to the office brimming with new ideas.
‘Bad Blood’ by John Carreyrou
The medical device startup Theranos was once the world’s hottest startup, its founder — deemed the “youngest self-made female billionaire — a revolutionary. But after some digging into the company, it all unraveled.
Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou has the definitive account of what happened at Theranos, and how it was revealed to have been built on lies, secrecy, and an oppressive culture.
‘Brotopia’ by Emily Chang
Bloomberg Technology host and executive producer Emily Chang has conducted multiple interviews with the most powerful people in tech, and in “Brotopia,” she’s taking a look at how the promise and glories of Silicon Valley can be real — but only for men.
Chang drew from interviews with tech’s foremost women, including Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, to illustrate how women risked their careers to pave the way for others, and sheds light on how the Valley has a long way to go in terms of treating women as equals.
‘Dream Teams’ by Shane Snow
In “Dream Teams,” Snow, who is a journalist and an entrepreneur, takes a look at what makes great teams so effective.
He draws on neuroscience, psychology, and business, and brings in historical examples like the Wright brothers and the Wu-Tang Clean to illustrate his arguments — all of which are applicable to the modern workplace.