We usually offer a book review in our newletters, but for this holiday issue, we are giving you some gret suggestions for books to give this holiday season. Along with books about technology, we are also featuring some good books on business.
1. Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval is a fascinating look at office design and technology since the Civil War. It also has insightful information about the changing nature of the workplace. If you work in a cubicle, you can read about its history and its change at places like Google. If you work outside of the office, this will be an interesting account of the workplace.
2. The Human Age by Diane Ackerman is also a recommended book fo the year by the New York Times Book Review. The prolific writer, Ackerman, presents an optimistic survey of technology and innovations that define our human epoch. She incudes many examples, such as nanotechnology and evolutionary robotics. It is a rich book and easy to read.
3. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathon Rosenberg. This book, written by the executive chairman of Google (Schmidt) and the former VP of Products (Rosenberg), is a guidebook for running a company in a world where technology is always changing. It offers good insight on strategy, decision-making, hiring and working with innovations.
4. Our last newsletter had a book review on Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators. Click on here to read the review and you will see why this book on the history of technology and its future will make a good holiday gift for the tech lover on your list.
5. Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty was the surprise bestseller in business books this year, especially considering its 700 page length. It recently won Business Insider’s Best Business Book of the Year. The formula of the book is that r > g, which means that the return on capital is greater than growth and according to the author, this premise is causing great inequality. Try this book for the person on your list who can’t get enough on business and the economy.
Happy reading and giving!