13 of the best business books of 2017

Looking to get a promotion at work, become an entrepreneur or just have smart topics of conversation at your fingertips for cocktail parties in 2018? Hit the business section of your local bookstore.

There are so many business books published each year, it can be hard to overwhelming to sort through them all. So here are 13 business books from 2017 that received glowing commendations.

“The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone,” by Brian Merchant

This examination of the iPhone includes analysis of both the enormous cultural impact of the device and a history of its manufacturing process. It was on the shortlist of finalists for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.

“‘The One Device’ is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything,” the Financial Times says.

“The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams,” by Sam Walker

The deputy editor for enterprise at the Wall Street Journal and a former sports columnist, Walker identified the preeminent sports teams throughout history and determined they all had an influential captain at the time they reigned supreme. He then analyzes the seven commonalities of those captains.

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Walker’s book was selected as the best book in the “leadership” category on the 17th annual best business books of the year list by the book reviewers at the management publisher Strategy + Business.

“This wonderfully written and wildly entertaining study of the most winning sports teams in history has more to say about leadership, engagement, and the chemistry that sparks and sustains extraordinary achievement than a decade’s worth of leadership books,” says Strategy + Business reviewer Sally Helgesen.

“Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” by Ellen Pao

This is Pao’s story of suing the esteemed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for discrimination. She lost the suit, but the litigation brought attention to the overwhelmingly white, male culture of Silicon Valley.


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