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Books to Read this Christmas

Books to Read this Christmas

Turn off the TV, shut down the laptop and pick up one of these classics this Christmas..

The Global Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis

In this remarkable and provocative book the former finance minister of Greece considers, discusses and explodes the myth that financialisation, the ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the root causes of not only the Eurozone crisis but also the worlds financial crisis. They are symptoms that can be traced back to a much deeper malaise which started with the Great Crash in 1929 and permeated through to the 1970s.

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Originals by Adam Grant

Spanning business, politics, sports and entertainment, this book debunks the myth that successful nonconformists are born leaders who boldly embrace risks. This book explores how anyone can recognise a good idea, speak up successfully and spot opportunities for change. This book gives you the knowledge and perhaps most importantly the courage to advance your ideas and improve your world.

Other Peoples Money by John Kay

This distinguished economist argues that the banking and financial industry's perceived profitability is partly illusory and partly an appropriation of wealth created elsewhere, ie using other people's money. He shows and proves that the sector has grown too large, detached itself from ordinary business and everyday life. It has become an industry that trades with itself, talks to itself and judges itself by reference to standards which it itself has generated. The outside world has adopted those standards bailing out financial institutions that have failed us all through greed and mismanagement.

The Four Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott

We spend more time than ever online. The digital revolution is rewiring our sense of what it means to be human. Never before have we been so connected. But what does it feel like to live in constant connectivity. What new pleasures and anxieties are emerging with our exposure to this networked world. How do we preserve our old ideas of isolation, disappearance and privacy in this goggle mapped planet. This book is unnerving but worth our attention.

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Phishing for Phools by George Akerlof and Robert Schiller

These Nobel prize winning economists deliver a fundamental challenge to the insight that markets provide us with material well being. As long as there is profit to be made sellers will systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception. We spend our money to the limit and then worry about the future, the financial sector soars then crashes and we are attracted more than we know by advertising, discounts and offers. This book proves we are all manipulated and taken as fools. Wake up now!

Drive Like a Real Entrepreneur by Robert Frith

Seeking to answer the age old question: Are Entrepreneurs Born or Self-Made? Drive Like a Real Entrepreneur determines the drive, energy and passion that is required to become a (successful) entrepreneur. Featuring useful management tools and techniques, the book is suitable for those contemplating life as an entrepreneur and those who have already taken the plunge. 

If not one of the above, what will you be reading this Christmas? Share your thoughts below.

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