Best business books of the year

Innovation Nation has been named by Business Week as one of its top ten business booksof the year. Here’s what they say:

Finally, in a book that reviewer Bruce Nussbaum called “scary, insightful, and ultimately very useful,” consultant John Kao asserts that America’s competitive advantage is going, going, nearly gone. Innovation Nation: How America Is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back (Free Press) notes that today, talent is more widely dispersed across the globe than ever before. Venture-capital pools are launching a generation of new startups across Asia and Europe. How should the U.S. respond? For one thing, Kao would spend $20 billion to create 20 innovation hubs revolving around such things as clean energy, digital media, and health care. Kao certainly has big ideas—but he is far from the only author providing smart thinking for the New Year.

The full list of books is:

  1. In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India, Edward Luce
  2. Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, Joe Studwell
  3. The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, Alan Greenspan
  4. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  5. The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads to Failure (And What to Do About It), Michael Raynor
  6. Boeing Versus Airbus: The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business, John Newhouse
  7. The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea, Steve LeVine
  8. The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, Julia Flynn Siler
  9. The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune, Conor O’Clery
  10. Innovation Nation: How America is Losing its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back, John Kao

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