Books examining the macroeconomic environment and titles aimed at individual empowerment provide readers with plenty of variety this fall.
Bloc by Bloc: How to Build a Global Enterprise for the New Regional Order
Steven Weber. Harvard Univ., Oct. 22, $35, ISBN 978-0-674-97949-9
Weber, a political economist, argues that companies must be ready for a world increasingly made up of competing regions defined by their own rules and standards and where globalization takes a backseat.
Foxocracy: Inside the Fox News Network Playbook of Tribal Warfare
Tobin Smith. Diversion, Oct. 8, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-63576-661-5
Smith, a veteran Fox News contributor and guest anchor, reveals the Fox News tactics and strategies that liberal and progressive candidates will be fighting against in 2020.
The Likability Trap: How to Break Free and Own Your Worth
Alicia Menendez. HarperBusiness, Nov. 5, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-06-283876-6
Menendez encourages women to dissect the way they perceive themselves and others, and proposes solutions for avoiding cultural patterns holding them back.
Market Mover: Lessons from a Decade of Change at NASDAQ
Robert Greifeld. Grand Central, Oct. 8, $28, ISBN 978-1-5387-4513-7
As part of a long business career, Greifeld spent 13 years as the CEO of NASDAQ, and each chapter of his book focuses on a headline-making event and ends with a prescriptive takeaway.
The Medical Metropolis: Health Care and Economic Transformation in Pittsburgh and Houston
Andrew T. Simpson. Univ. of Pennsylvania, Nov. 1, $49.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-5167-8
Simpson, an assistant professor of history at Duquesne, offers an account of the way that big medicine transformed American cities in the postindustrial era, exploring how the hospital-civic relationship remade the deindustrialized city into a “medical metropolis.”
Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events
Robert J. Shiller. Princeton Univ., Oct. 1, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-691-18229-2
The Nobel Prize–winning economist argues that studying popular stories that affect individual and collective economic behavior can improve the ability to predict, prepare for, and lessen the damage of major economic events.
The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century
Adam Davidson. Knopf, Jan. 7, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-385-35352-6
Davidson, the creator of NPR’s Planet Money podcast and a New Yorker staff writer, argues that the middle class is not dying, and he suggests new ways of making money and new opportunities for individuals to combine what they love with their careers.
Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done
Charlie Gilkey. Sounds True, Sept. 24, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-68364-263-3
Gilkey, a speaker and business strategist, provides a set of tools to help readers stop being bogged down with task lists and start finishing their work.
Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne. Penguin Press, Sept. 10, $30, ISBN 978-1-984877-71-0
Smith, the president of Microsoft, and coauthor Browne detail the way that one of the world’s largest tech companies approaches some of the thorniest issues of the day.
You Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Damn Time: A Guide for Women Everywhere
Romi Neustadt. Portfolio, Jan. 14, $22, ISBN 978-0-593-08595-0
Neustadt argues that saying yes to everything and everyone really means saying no to the things that matter—to one’s goals, one’s dreams, and one’s true self.
Bet on Talent: How to Create a Remarkable Culture That Wins the Hearts of Customers by Dee Ann Turner (Sept. 3, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-8010) shows employers how to create a remarkable company culture by selecting, sustaining, and stewarding talent.
Becoming Super Woman: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Go from Burnout to Balance by Nicole Lapin (Sept. 17, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-946885-93-7). News anchor Lapin redefines what it means to be a woman who “has it all”—and shows readers how to find lasting success by their own definition, on their own terms.
The Iconist: The Art and Science of Standing Out by Jamie Mustard (Oct. 1, $22, ISBN 978-1-948836-41-8). A branding and design strategist shows how individuals, organizations, and brands can break through the noise. The secret to standing out lies in creating content that the audience will remember with little effort.
Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield by Mark Michaux Brown (Oct. 15, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-5230-9830-9). The first book to describe the Outward Bound training philosophy in detail teaches that leaders lead best when they have taught self-reliance and mutual responsibility to their teams and can fade into the background.
There’s No Such Thing as an IT Project: A Handbook for Intentional Business Change by Bob Lewis and Dave Kaiser (Sept. 24, trade paper, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-5230-9883-5) is a pragmatic book that will help business owners lead their company’s IT professionals into agreement on supporting the real needs of an organization.
Influence: How Social Media Influencers Are Shaping the Future of Our Digital Age by Sara McCorquodale (Jan. 7, $30,
ISBN 978-1-4729-7191-3). McCorquodale demystifies how digital influence works, interrogates the phenomenon, analyzes its problems, and forecasts its future.
100 Things Millionaires Do: Little Lessons in Creating Wealth by Nigel Cumberland (Oct. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-5293-5323-5). The author of the international bestseller 100 Things Successful People Do explores the habits, tools, techniques, and mentality of self-made millionaires and shows how to begin a journey to a wealthy future.
Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector Is Challenging the World by Innovating Faster, Working Harder, and Going Global by Rebecca Fannin (Sept. 24, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-5293-7449-0). An expert on China provides readers with the ammunition needed to prepare and compete with the country’s fast-evolving technology superpowers.
Never Go with Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters (Avoid Terrible Advice, Cognitive Biases, and Poor Decisions) by Gleb Tsipursky (Nov. 1, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-63265-162-4) draws on more than 20 years of consulting, coaching, and speaking experience to show how pioneering leaders and organizations—many of them his clients—avoid business disasters.
Fibershed: The Growing Movement for a New System of Local Clothing Production and Slow Fashion by Rebecca Burgess (Nov. 19, trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-60358-663-4) is a resource for fiber farmers, ranchers, contract grazers, weavers, knitters, slow-fashion entrepreneurs, soil activists, and conscious consumers interested in sustainable and ethically sound production methods.
Columbia Business School
Margin of Trust: The Berkshire Business Model by Lawrence A. Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba (Jan. 14, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-231-19390-0)
features an analysis of legendary investor Warren Buffett’s take on the role that trust plays in business, what Buffett looks for in corporate boards, and what lies ahead for his company, Berkshire Hathaway, after its leader leaves the scene.
Risk, Choice, and Uncertainty: Three Centuries of Economic Decision-Making by George C. Szpiro (Jan. 7, $32, ISBN 978-0-231-19474-7). Szpiro, a longtime correspondent for the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, offers a narrative of the three-century history of the study of decision making, tracing how crucial ideas have evolved and telling the stories of the thinkers who shaped the field.
The Scrum Fieldbook: The Art of Changing the Possible by J.J. Sutherland (Oct. 1, $28, ISBN 978-0-525-57321-0) illustrates how the scrum framework, based on Agile software development, can be successfully applied to any situation in any industry.
Trailblazer: Leading in an Era of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change by Marc Benioff, with Monica Langley (Oct. 15, $28, ISBN 978-1-984825-19-3). Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce, reveals the secrets to building a world-class culture and offers a model for leadership that, he argues, will define the most successful companies of the future.
Innovation on Tap: Stories of Entrepreneurship from the Cotton Gin to Broadway’s Hamilton by Eric B. Schultz (Oct. 29, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-62634-663-5) is the story of innovation in America told through the eyes of 25 entrepreneurs, from Eli Whitney and his cotton gin to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his Broadway smash, Hamilton.
Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond by Pauline Brown (Nov. 26, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-288330-8). A former chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, shows how to harness the power of the senses to create products, services, and experiences that stand out—“the other AI.”
What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben Horowitz (Oct. 29, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-287133-6). A leading venture capitalist, modern management expert, and bestselling author combines lessons from both history and modern organizational methods with practical and often surprising advice to help executives build cultures that can weather good times and bad.
Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous, and Different by Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger (Sept. 3, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-285693-7). The founders of branding agency Motto bring their wisdom and insights to this “outside the box” business guide written for the mavericks, oddballs, and visionaries they call “rare breeds.”
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between Fanduel and Draftkings That Upended Sports in America by Albert Chen (Sept. 10, $27, ISBN 978-0-544-91114-7) relates the rise of daily fantasy sports, providing an inside account of the rise, fall, and rise of two companies that became billion-dollar companies, then the target of the FBI and Department of Justice and the center of a national scandal.
Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9–5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills by Marianne Cantwell (Sept. 28, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-7494-9709-5) provides unconventional and practical steps for readers to create a tailor-made career and life, stand out from the crowd, and get paid well.
Bounce Back: How to Fail Fast and Be Resilient at Work by Susan Kahn (Oct. 28, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-7494-9736-1). A consultant and teacher shows readers how to embrace failure and become a successful leader by failing fast, failing well, and learning how to be agile and resilient.
Measuring What Counts: A New Dashboard for Well-Being by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, and Martine Durand (Nov. 5, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-62097-569-5). Three leading economists and statisticians offer a bold agenda for assessing societal well-being and a guide for policy makers on using new tools to change the way people’s lives are measured—and to plot a radically new path forward.
Fanocracy: Turning Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans by David Meerman Scott and Reiko Scott (Jan. 7, $27, ISBN 978-0-593-08400-7) argues that the most powerful marketing force in the world isn’t social media, email blasts, search ads, or YouTube video pre-rolls. It’s fandom.
Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America by Scott Adams (Nov. 5, $27, ISBN 978-0-593-08352-9). The creator of Dilbert and bestselling author of Win Bigly teaches readers how to recognize and avoid the “loserthink” that prevents people from seeing outside their own bubbles of reality.
Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Ripoff Artists by Frank Abagnale (Aug. 27, trade paper, $19, ISBN 978-0-525-53896-7). Abagnale, whose life as a con man was depicted in the movie Catch Me if You Can, reveals the methods used by con artists to steal billions from unsuspecting Americans—and teaches five rules to help readers protect their money.
Bad Data: Why We Measure the Wrong Things and Often Miss the Metrics That Matter by Peter Schryvers (Oct. 15, $25, ISBN 978-1-63388-590-5) highlights the pitfalls of data analysis and emphasizes the importance of using the appropriate metrics before making key decisions.
Sabotage: The Financial System’s Nasty Business by Anastasia Nesvetailova and Ronen Palan (Jan. 14, $27, ISBN 978-1-61039-968-5). Two University of London economics professors denounce the practices and principles underlying the financial industry and offer a history of how it came to be in the state it’s in.
Simon & Schuster
Face to Face: The Art of Connection by Brian Grazer (Sept. 17, $18, ISBN 978-1-5011-4772-2). Grazer, a bestselling author and Hollywood producer, reveals a new secret to forge a happier and more successful life, arguing that eye contact can change one’s life.
Attention Management: Breaking the Time Management Myth for Unrivaled Productivity by Maura Thomas (Sept. 1, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4926-8950-8). A productivity speaker, trainer, and author shows readers how to master “attention management,” behaviors that include focus, mindfulness, control, presence, flow, and other skills that will allow readers to reclaim joy and satisfaction.
The Genius Habit: How One Habit Can Radically Change Your Work and Your Life by Laura Garnett (Nov. 5, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4926-8968-3) gives employees—from entry-level assistants through middle managers to CEOs of major companies—the tools to gain clarity about who they are and where they are going.
The Economics Book: From Xenophon to Cryptocurrency, 250 Milestones in the History of Economics by Steven G. Medema (Sept. 3, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-4549-3008-2) is a richly illustrated collection presenting 250 crucial moments in economics, from the philosophical dialogues of ancient Greece and the moral contemplations of medieval Europe to Reaganomics and cryptocurrency.
Make Noise: A Creator’s Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling by Eric Nuzum (Dec. 10, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-5235-0455-8). A veteran of NPR and Audible, who’s had a hand in creating and launching over 130 podcasts, gives readers the wisdom, advice, practical information, and big-picture thinking needed to create a successful podcast.
The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur by John Jantsch (Oct. 22, $25, ISBN 978-1-119-57977-9) offers overworked entrepreneurs a guide for tapping into the wisdom that is most relevant to the entrepreneurial life.
Ending Book Hunger: Access to Print Across Barriers of Class and Culture by Lea Shaver (Jan. 7, $35, ISBN 978-0-300-22600-3) highlights innovative nonprofit solutions to expand access to print books, focusing on such organizations as First Book, Imagination Library, Worldreader, and Pratham Books.
Willful: How We Choose What We Do by Richard Robb (Nov. 12, $28, ISBN 978-0-300-24643-8) combines philosophy and economics to offer a key to many of people’s quixotic choices, and provides a new way to understand everything from how people formulate a desire to work to how they manage daily interactions.
Correction: A previous version of this article listed an incorrect publisher for Foxocracy by Tobin Smith.