Historical perspectives on wealth inequality, programs for pursuing social justice in the marketplace, and tales of tech bros behaving badly headline this season’s business titles.
The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy
Nick Romeo. PublicAffairs, Jan. 16 ($30, ISBN 978-1-5417-0159-5)
Reporter Romeo spotlights individuals and organizations working to create a fairer economy through worker-owned enterprises and citizen-budgeting initiatives.
As Gods Among Men: A History of the Rich in the West
Guido Alfani. Princeton Univ., Dec. 5 ($35, ISBN 978-0-691-21573-0)
This survey from economic history professor Alfani tracks the über-wealthy from the Middle Ages to the present, examining how they acquired their money and were viewed by the rest of society.
The Big Fail: What the Pandemic Revealed About Who America Protects, and Who It Leaves Behind
Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean. Portfolio, Oct. 17 ($32, ISBN 978-0-593-33102-6)
Journalists Nocera and McLean follow up All the Devils Are Here with this analysis of the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and the failures of government and business leaders.
Breaking Twitter: Elon Musk and the Most Controversial Corporate Takeover in History
Ben Mezrich. Grand Central, Nov. 7 ($30, ISBN 978-1-5387-0759-3)
The buildup to and fallout from Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter gets scrutinized in bestseller Mezrich’s latest. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Broken Code: Inside Facebook and the Fight to Expose Its Harmful Secrets
Jeff Horwitz. Doubleday, Nov. 14 ($32.50, ISBN 978-0-385-54918-9)
Wall Street Journal reporter Horwitz delves into Facebook’s failure to reckon with its dark side, including the radicalization of users. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Gonzo Capitalism: How to Make Money in an Economy That Hates You
Chris Guillebeau. Little, Brown Spark, Aug. 22 ($29, ISBN 978-0-316-49127-3)
Side Hustle School podcaster Guillebeau’s look at how young workers have used modern technologies to eke out a living includes profiles of TikTok influencers and professional gamers.
Making It in America: The Almost Impossible Quest to Manufacture in the U.S.A. (and How It Got That Way)
Rachel Slade. Pantheon, Nov. 14 ($28, ISBN 978-0-593-31688-7)
Journalist Slade views American deindustrialization through the lens of a Maine couple who set out in 2013 to manufacture an ethically sourced, union-made sweatshirt.
The Myth That Made Us: How False Beliefs About Racism and Meritocracy Broke Our Economy (and How to Fix It)
Jeff Fuhrer. MIT, Sept. 12 ($34.95, ISBN 978-0-262-04839-2)
The mistaken idea that America is a postracist society where one can pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps has resulted in a deeply unequal economic system, according to economist Fuhrer.
Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall
Zeke Faux. Crown, Oct. 3 ($28.99, ISBN 978-0-593-44381-1)
Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is at the center of Bloomberg journalist Faux’s history of the crypto market.
Ours Was the Shining Future: The Rise and Fall of the American Dream
David Leonhardt. Random House, Oct. 24 ($30, ISBN 978-0-8129-9320-2)
Pulitzer Prize winner Leonhardt probes the decline of economic mobility in the U.S. by tracing the evolution of grassroots political movements, corporate culture, and government policy.
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Make Money Move: A Guide to Financial Wellness by Lauren Simmons (Nov. 7, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-324653-9). Money Moves podcaster Simmons outlines a plan for how women can save money and achieve financial security. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
A Healthy State of Panic: Follow Your Fears to Build Wealth, Crush Your Career, and Win at Life by Farnoosh Torabi (Oct. 3, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-982199-19-7) pairs reflections on the author’s childhood as a second-generation Iranian immigrant with advice on how to gain confidence in managing one’s finances.
The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset Into Action by Eduardo Briceño (Sept. 5, $28, ISBN 978-0-593-35690-6) suggests that the key to business success is balancing the ability to perform reliably with the will to move beyond one’s comfort zone.
Visions of Inequality: From the French Revolution to the End of the Cold War by Branko Milanovic (Oct. 10, $32.95, ISBN 978-0-674-26414-4) surveys how scholars have thought about inequality since the late 18th century through the biographies of economists François Quesnay, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, Vilfredo Pareto, and Simon Kuznets.
Apprentice Nation: How the Earn and Learn Alternative to Higher Education Will Create a Stronger and Fairer America by Ryan Craig (Nov. 7, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-63774-388-1) argues that more employers should offer paid apprenticeships in finance, tech, and other professions as an alternative to college.
Close the Gap & Get Your Share: How Immigrants and Their Families Can Build and Protect Generational Wealth in the U.S. by Julio Cacho and Cole Conkling (Aug. 1, $26, ISBN 978-1-63774-394-2) shares advice on how recent American immigrants can start an investment portfolio.
Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace: A Guide for Equity and Inclusion by Janice Gassam Asare (Oct. 24, $22.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5230-0555-0) posits that workplace policies often reflect the assumptions of white people and provides guidance on how to build a more inclusive office.
Wealth Supremacy: How the Extractive Economy and the Biased Rules of Capitalism Drive Today’s Crises by Marjorie Kelly (Sept. 12, $22.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5230-0477-5) contends that corporate America’s obsession with wealth is hurting all but the richest Americans.
Family Reins: The Heartbreaking Fall of an American Dynasty—and the Discovery of What Really Matters by Billy Busch (Aug. 1, $27.99, ISBN 979-82-00-79882-7). An heir to the Anheuser-Busch beer fortune dishes on his privileged upbringing and the family squabbles that have roiled the company.
The 100 Trillion Dollar Wealth Transfer: When Boomers Hand Over to Gen Z, and How It Will Change Capitalism by Ken Costa (Jan. 30, $28, ISBN 978-1-399-40763-2) explores how the growing financial power of younger generations concerned about environmental and social justice will impact markets.
The Rise of the Global Middle Class: How the Search for a Good Life Can Change the World by Homi Kharas (Nov. 1, $28, ISBN 978-0-8157-4032-2) chronicles the ascent of the middle class in China, India, and other parts of the world and outlines threats to its future.
Big Fiction: How Conglomeration Changed the Publishing Industry and American Literature by Dan Sinykin (Oct. 24, $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-231-19295-8) analyzes how consolidation in the publishing industry since the mid-20th century has affected which books are published, and how.
Cultivating a Servant Heart: Insights from Servant Leaders by Caitlin Wilson (Oct. 24, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68275-375-0) profiles individuals who have dedicated their lives to leading nonprofits, schools, and other purpose-driven organizations.
The Algorithm: How AI Can Ruin Your Education, Hijack Your Career, and Steal Your Future by Hilke Schellmann (Jan. 30, $29, ISBN 978-0-306-82734-1) raises the alarm about the spread of artificial intelligence and explores how it’s being used to determine who gets college admission offers or promotions at work.
Brand It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine by Ryan Serhant (Jan. 23, $29, ISBN 978-0-306-92312-8). The star of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Listing New York outlines strategies for how businesses can establish their brand.
Your Journey to Financial Freedom: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Wealth and Happiness by Jamila Souffrant (Dec. 5, $25, ISBN 978-1-335-00779-7) provides tips on saving for the long-term without resorting to stinginess.
The Bad Bitch Business Bible: 10 Commandments to Break Free of Good Girl Brainwashing and Maximize Your Body, Boundaries, and Bank Account by Lisa Carmen Wang (Sept. 26, $32, ISBN 978-0-06-320899-5) makes the case that women should stop putting others first and dispenses advice on how they can advance their careers.
How Work Works: The Subtle Science of Getting Ahead Without Losing Yourself by Michelle P. King (Oct. 10, $32, ISBN 978-0-06-322457-5) offers guidance on how to get ahead professionally by attending to informal rules of the workplace.
Leadership Is Overrated: How the Navy SEALs (and Successful Businesses) Create Self-Leading Teams That Win by Kyle Buckett and Chris Mefford (Aug. 29, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-320990-9). Retired Navy SEAL Buckett and business consultant Mefford suggest that productive teams begin with employees who are willing to take initiative.
The Golden Passport: Global Mobility for Millionaires by Kristin Surak (Sept. 19, $35, ISBN 978-0-674-24864-9) scrutinizes how certain countries’ practice of selling passports to wealthy people from other parts of the world reflects and exacerbates global wealth inequities.
21st Century Business Icons: The Leaders Who Are Changing Our World by Sally Percy (Sept. 26, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-398-61132-0) profiles Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd, YouTuber MrBeast, and others who have achieved success in today’s economy.
You Can’t Make Money from a Dead Planet: The Sustainable Method for Driving Profits by Mark Shayler (Oct. 31, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-398-61202-0) argues that adopting an environmentally responsible business model benefits long-term monetary gain.
Blood in the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech by Brian Merchant (Sept. 5, $30, ISBN 978-0-316-48774-0) examines what the Luddites’ 19th-century uprising against industrialization can teach modern readers about the age of automation.
The Geek Way: The Radical Mindset Transforming the Future of Business by Andrew McAfee (Nov. 14, $30, ISBN 978-0-316-43670-0) posits that geeks’ openness, ownership, science, and speed have been integral to modern corporate success.
Diversity Dividend: The Transformational Power of Small Changes to De-Bias Your Company, Attract Diverse Talent, Manage Everyone Better, and Make More Money by Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio (Sept. 19, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-262-04840-8) suggests that prioritizing diversity when hiring leads to better business outcomes.
How to Hold Power: A Somatic Approach to Becoming a Leader People Love and Respect—30+ Embodiment Practices to Empower Your Team and Lead with Intention by Pavini Moray (Oct. 10, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62317-924-3) outlines a program for developing rapport with employees and clients.
Glossy: Ambition, Beauty, and the Inside Story of Emily Weiss’s Glossier by Marisa Meltzer (Sept. 12, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-982190-60-6) investigates how shrewd marketing and branding strategies propelled the makeup company Glossier to financial success.
Economics in America: An Immigrant Economist Explores the Land of Inequality by Angus Deaton (Oct. 3, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-691-24762-5). The Nobel Prize–winning coauthor of Deaths of Despair reflects on emigrating to the U.S. from Britain and on the profession of economics.
The End of Reality: How Four Billionaires Are Selling a Fantasy Future of the Metaverse, Mars, and Crypto by Jonathan Taplin (Sept. 5, $30, ISBN 978-1-5417-0315-5) casts doubt on promises made by Marc Andreesen, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Mark Zuckerberg, and other members of Silicon Valley’s elite.
Taming the Street: The Old Guard, the New Deal, and the Battle for the Soul of the American Market by Diana B. Henriques (Sept. 12, $30, ISBN 978-0-593-13264-7). New York Times journalist Henriques chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s fight to rein in Wall Street after the 1929 stock market crash.
Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It by Kashmir Hill (Sept. 19, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-593-44856-4) investigates how Clearview AI developed facial recognition technology, with major consequences for civilian privacy.
The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates, and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend by Rob Copeland (Nov. 7, $32, ISBN 978-1-250-27693-3) takes readers behind the scenes at Bridgewater Associates, the biggest hedge fund in the world, and examines recent controversies involving founder Ray Dalio.
Becoming a Public Benefit Corporation: Express Your Values, Energize Stakeholders, Make the World a Better Place by Michael B. Dorff (Nov. 21, $28, ISBN 978-1-5036-3280-6) explains how the legal structure of the “benefit corporation” enables such companies as Patagonia and Warby Parker to enact their values while turning a profit.
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The Captive Sea: Slavery, Communication, and Commerce in Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean by Daniel Hershenzon (Aug. 8, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5128-2552-7) studies how the slave trade affected commerce between Spain, the Ottoman Empire, and Morocco in the 17th-century Mediterranean.
Tokens: The Future of Money in the Age of the Platform by Rachel O’Dwyer (Oct. 3, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-83976-834-7) cautions that the spread of token payments—which include crypto, gift cards, and such intangible rewards as special access or airtime—put undue power in the hands of the corporations issuing them.
A Bold Return to Giving a Damn: One Farm, Six Generations, and the Future of Food by Will Harris (Oct. 10, $29, ISBN 978-0-593-30047-3) draws on the author’s experience as a fourth-generation farmer to argue for an overhaul of the agricultural industry and a return to traditional farming methods.
Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant (Oct. 3, $32, ISBN 978-0-593-65314-2) delineates a program for spotting talent in overlooked individuals and offers recommendations on how readers can exceed professional expectations.
The Equity Mindset: Redefining Work Culture and Designing the Just Spaces We Deserve by Ifeomasinachi Ike (Sept. 20, $28, ISBN 978-1-394-15219-3) shows how organizations can create more supportive workplaces for marginalized communities.
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