9 New Business Books to Read in October

1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (October 7th) Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His previous books are The Checklist Manifesto, Better, and Complications. Former secretary of the treasury Timothy Geithner praised Complications as an excellent guide to crisis management. Gawande’s new…

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Legendary Ad Executive John Hegarty Recommends 4 Tips For Staying Creative

Creativity is a mystery. It feels unconstrained, unrestricted, and even chaotic. At the same time it’s invariably grounded by regulation—the dimensions of a canvas, a word count, a budget. One moment, we’re inspired, confident, focused. Then, all of a sudden, we realize that our vision is impossible, snubbed by the brutal constraints…

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The Art of Thinking Clearly, in 4 Steps

In the past few months, I’ve published several posts that contain helpful tips on judgment and decision-making. Most recently, I wrote about the three types of overconfidence: overprecision, overestimation, and overplacement. According to Phil Rosenzweig, the author of Left Brain, Right Stuff (see our interview with Professor Rosenzweig here), one…

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Book Lists

The 10 Non-Fiction Books Nominated for the National Book Award

The National Book Foundation announced the longlist for 2014 National Book Awards for nonfiction yesterday. There are only a few books on the list that would qualify as “business books,” but that’s why I published the list. 250 Word readers are intelligent business thinkers who are interested in smart non-fiction books in…

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir

1Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast

The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

2The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

3No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal

The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942

4The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton

The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

5The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

6Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

7Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

8When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. Rosbottom

Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

9Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic by Matthew Stewart

The Meaning of Human Existence

10The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson

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