Last Updated on February 16, 2021
Reading isn’t just an enjoyable hobby. It’s also a great way to gain useful insights and perspectives that can make a difference in our day-to-day lives, and our careers.
Today we’re taking a look at business books, specifically ones that were released this year.
2017 saw the release of dozens of quality titles. Here are five of the best business books from 2017 to add to your library or reading list.
1. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
At first glance, Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs and scientists may not seem like groups that have much in common.
But, they are all interested in how to maximize performance.
There have been plenty of books on improving performance and getting more done, but Stealing Fire takes a unique, provocative, and controversial look at getting more from yourself. Not through grit, improved habits, or time invested – but through the use of altered states of mind.
This best-selling book by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal takes you from the Burning Man Festival, to Richard Branson’s Necker Island, to the headquarters of SEAL Team Six, and beyond – navigating through rarely talked about terrain in a satisfying quest to unlock human potential.
2. Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future
Technology is constantly changing the world of business. As technological innovations happen, they disrupt the way businesses operate.
Machine, Platform, Crowd – written by MIT’s Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson analyzes three of the biggest technological trends.
Machine” refers to the larger role artificial intelligence is playing in our daily lives.
“Platform” is about how everything related to products and services is becoming more platform-reliant.
“Crowd” focuses on how ideas from audiences now often surpass those of company research teams.
3. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
The world still goes crazy every time a new iPhone is released.
Whether you love it, hate it, or remain indifferent, Apple’s flagship product was revolutionary. It changed how we used cell phones, what we expected our phones to do, and even the way we process the world and the people around us.
The One Device, by veteran tech journalist Brian Merchant, brings you a behind-the-scenes look at everything that went into the creation of the iPhone. It’s a fast-paced and informative read, and one that provides some powerful insights to help foster innovation in your business.
4. Janesville: An American Story
The struggles of the working class in the United States were a key issue in the 2016 Presidential Election. Perhaps no book has taken a deeper look into that than Janesville, winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Amy Goldstein lived in the titular city for years, and during that time, she saw its General Motors plant close its doors right before Christmas.
Her account – a beautiful mix of reporting and emotional storytelling – shines a light on the impact that such a significant amount of job loss can have on a community.
5. The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History
Interest rates have a significant impact on just about everybody’s lives in some way or another.
You may think that interest rates are set by some precise mathematical formula, but there’s more of a human element than that, and it leaves the potential for corruption.
That’s what happened in 2006, when a group of people manipulated Libor (the London interbank offered rate) for their own benefit.
David Enrich’s The Spider Network reads like a riveting crime thriller. It slowly unravels the sinister story behind a financial crime that affected trillions of loans.
Wrapping Up the 5 Best Business Books of 2017…
If you’re looking for a recent business book that’s both informative and entertaining, there are quite a few great options this year.
To recap, here are 5 of the best business books of 2017:
- Stealing Fire puts a wild new perspective on peak performance.
- Machine, Platform, Crowd shines a light on three important tech trends.
- The One Device covers the amazing history of the first iPhone.
- Janesville describes what happened to one middle-class city after a GM plant closed.
- The Spider Network unveils one of the biggest financial scandals of all time
What was your favorite business book this year?