This week: corporate self-help, schadenfreude, tech broccoli, and real eyeopeners: our 2021 best business books for your Christmas list.

Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Futures Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.

The stories this week

03:32 – 2021 business books review

The Times’ 12 best business books of 2021

CEO Magazine’s 10 best business books of 2021

Strategy+Business’ best business books of 2021

Financial Times’ best business books of 2021

Financial Times’ best technology books of 2021

Wall Street Journal’s 2021 holiday gift guide for business books

The five books that inspired Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in 2021

Fortune’s list of the best business books of 2021 so far, according to Amazon

Washington Post’s 10 best books of 2021

Our breakdown of the best business book lists from 2020

Our previous discussion of best book lists on The Future, This Week

Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster beating human investors

Mr Goxx, the cryptocurrency-trading hamster, dies

Genevieve Bell’s TED Talk on ethical questions around AI

New York Times profile of Genevieve Bell and her time at Intel

The Sydney Ideas webinar with Kate Crawford discussing her book

Our webinar with Richard H. Thaler discussing his latest book, Nudge: The Final Edition

Our webinar with Daniel Kahneman to discuss his lifetime of achievements

The books we spoke about

Shutdown: How COVID Shook the World’s Economy by Adam Tooze

Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein

Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism by Mariana Mazzucato

The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet By Michael E. Mann

Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment By Maxine Bédat

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates

Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding From Anywhere By Tsedal Neeley

Remote, Inc. by Robert C. Pozen and Alexandra Samuel

Work Won’t Love You Back by Sarah Jaffe

The Trouble with Passion by Erin Cech

A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload by Cal Newport

Excellence Now: Extreme Humanism by Tom Peters

Beyond Collaborating Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead, and Restore Your Well-Being by Rob Cross

Toxic: A Guide to Rebuilding Respect and Tolerance in a Hostile Workplace by Clive Lewis

The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations by Robert Livingston

Anthro-Vision: How Anthropology Can Explain Business and Life by Gillian Tett

Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire by Brad Stone

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang

Woke, Inc: Inside the Social Justice Scam by Vivek Ramaswamy

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe

The Cult of We: WeWork and the Great Startup Delusion by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell

Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World by Mo Gawdat

Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It by Azeem Azhar

Atlas of AI: Power, Politics and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence by Kate Crawford

The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values, Brian Christian

Your Computer is on Fire, edited by Thomas S. Mullaney, Benjamin Peters, Mar Hicks, and Kavita Philip

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race by Nicole Perlroth


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