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Books for MBAs, present and future

By Ideas Editor

Know someone who can’t start their day without scouring the pages of the Financial Times or Wall Street Journal? This list just might get them to diversify their reading portfolio with a new book: from Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Shiller, an exploration of the incredible power of narrative to shape markets; from Adam Smith, guidance for living a good life; for leadership and strategy advice that really stands the test of time, the ancient wisdom of Plutarch and Sunzi; lessons from the Industrial Revolution for the age of AI; fresh takes on GDP and Henry Hazlitt; and a bold look ahead at how the “intangible economy” can help managers and investors grow businesses and portfolios.  


Narrative Economics

Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events


Our Great Purpose

Our Great Purpose: Adam Smith on Living a Better Life


How to be a Leader

How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership


The Art of War

The Art of War: An Illustrated Edition


The Technology Trap

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation



GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History


Economics in Two Lessons

Economics in Two Lessons: Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly


Capitalism without Capital

Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy