On the money: Christmas reading for entrepreneurs
A round-up of some of this year's best money and business books
When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence, by Stephen King (Yale £20).
The terrifying title will tempt some to dismiss this "as an exercise in scaremongering" worthy of "his horror-writing namesake", says The Economist. But the HSBC chief economist's "thoughtful and highly convincing" account of the challenge facing advanced economies is "essential reading".
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone (Bantam £18.99).
The winner of the FT/Goldman Sachs Book of the Year "entertainingly maps Bezos (pictured above)' life and personality on to the company he built, showing him to be a wily entrepreneur", says Andrew Hill in the FT.
Money: The Unauthorised Biography, by Felix Martin (Bodley Head £20).
This "timely and entertaining history of money challenges not only capitalism but our entire notion of what currency is", says Ian Birrell in The Observer.
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell (WH Allen £16.99).
Facebook's chief operating officer, the most famous woman in silicon Valley and now the face of female corporate America, explains what needs to change for women to make it to the top. "Stands out in a year that saw a number of books being published on women in the workplace," says The Economist.
Hatching Twitter, by Nick Bilton (Sceptre £14.99).
This "entertaining, blokey read" recounts how four unlikely lads chanced upon an idea – and then promptly fell out, says Gideon Spanier in the London Evening Standard. "Written with one eye on the movie screenplay?"
The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund, by Anita Ragahaven (Business Plus $29).
Raghavan "digs into" the insider trading scandal at Galleon, says Andrew Hill in the FT. "Perpetrators - notably Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam and former McKinsey boss, Rajat Gupta – are bound together in a tale of hubris and temptation."
Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and The Men Who Blew Up the British Economy, by Iain Martin (Simon & Schuster £20). Martin's detailed "portrait of a tyrant" charts how Goodwin combined a vision of "global domination" with a tendency to go "absolutely mental" at the tiniest deviation from the party line, says Nick Cohen in The Observer. "One of the best books of the year."
A version of this article appeared in the 7 & 14 December editions of The Week ·