Publishers have already released a plethora of books about the Great Recession, but the causes and ramifications of the severest downturn in the American economy since the Great Depression continues to be a major topic for business book publishers. Their fall lists include many titles on the subject—some by critics of capitalism, others by those seeking to reform it.

One of the most critical looks at the U.S. economic system set for fall is from Ian Klaus, whose Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance examines the excesses and inequalities of capitalism. Endemic problems in the American economy that led to the recession are also examined in the liberal thinker James Galbraith’s The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth, but Galbraith also lays out a path that he believes can put the country on firmer economic footing. While Charles Hampden-Turner, Tom Cummings, and Fons Tompenaars acknowledge that modern global capitalism needs to be changed, they argue that the best way to reform the system is to return to its core values, in Capitalism with a Conscience: How We Can Create Wealth... Not Destroy It.

The impact the Great Recession will have on various aspects of the future of America, and that of the entire globe, is the subject of a number of books this fall, including The Shifts and the Shocks: How the Financial Crisis Has Changed Our Future by Martin Wolf, an economic commentator at the Financial Times. Changes will need to be made to the economy not only to keep it from sliding back to a deep recession but also to prevent environmental catastrophe—that’s the theme of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein. In Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History, Barry Eichengreen examines how the Great Depression shaped the policy response to the Great Recession, and how the latter will reshape America’s historical understanding of the former.

Changes in both technology and in the economy are examined in The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification by Paul Roberts. The author argues that America’s technologically driven economy has pushed the country’s “culture of narcissism” into hyperdrive over the past three decades.

No company has benefitted more from technological change than Google, and the tech giant’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, along with former Google executive Jonathan Rosenberg, share insights into how other companies can adopt Google strategies, in How Google Works.

Two self-made men who have thrived under Western capitalism, but in very different professions, tell their stories this fall. KISS cofounder Gene Simmons discusses brand management and other techniques that made the band an international success in Me, Inc. Another man who has amassed great wealth, in part by managing his brand, is Richard Branson, and he discusses his views on leadership in The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership.​

Capitalism with a Conscience: How We Can Create Wealth... Not Destroy It. Charles Hampden-Turner, Tom Cummings, and Fons Tompenaars. Elliot & Thompson, Sept. 28

The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth. James K. Galbraith. Simon & Schuster, Sept. 9

Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds and the Rise of Modern Finance. Ian Klaus. Yale Univ., Oct. 14

Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History. Barry Eichengreen. Oxford Univ., Jan. 2

How Google Works. Jonathan Rosenberg and Eric Schmidt. Grand Central/Business Plus, Sept. 23

The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification. Paul Roberts. Bloomsbury, Sept. 2

Me, Inc. Gene Simmons. HarperCollins/It, Oct. 21

The Shifts and the Shocks: How the Financial Crisis Has Changed Our Future

Martin Wolf. Penguin Press, Sept. 11

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Naomi Klein. Simon & Schuster, Sept. 16

The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership

Richard Branson. Portfolio, Sept. 9

Business & Economics Listings


Screw the Valley: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of America’s New Tech Startup Culture: New York, Boulder, Austin, Raleigh, Detroit, Las Vegas, Kansas City by Timothy Sprinkle (Jan. 13, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-940363-30-1). Business journalist Sprinkle introduces readers to the up-and-coming tech hotspots giving Silicon Valley a run for its money.

What Do You Want to Create Today? Build the Life You Want at Work by Bob Tobin (Oct. 7, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-940363-15-8). A business consultant and professor with 25 years’ experience lays out strategies for shifting perceptions and interactions so readers can enjoy and succeed in their work surroundings.


In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development by Jeffrey Ashe and Kyle Jagger Neilan (Oct. 1, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62656-218-9). Publishing in partnership with Oxfam, Ashe and Neilan share how savings groups lead to developments in healthcare, agriculture, education, and grassroots political empowerment for women in impoverished communities.

The Six Secrets of Raising Capital: An Insider’s Guide for Entrepreneurs by Bill Fisher (Sept. 29, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62656-239-4). A successful bank executive and “serial entrepreneur,” Fisher shares his fundamental guide to raising startup capital and attracting blue-chip investors, based on his experience as an investor and a business founder in Silicon Valley.


Mighty Midsized Companies: How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers by Robert Sher (Sept. 16, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-62956-006-9). Thriving midsized companies are essential for a healthy economy, but there are many factors that throttle their growth. Sher runs through seven “silent growth killers” and offers clear, actionable advice about how to deal with them.

Search: How the Data Explosion Governs What We Think and Do by Stefan Weitz (Nov. 4, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-62956-034-2). Digital search is now almost impossibly complex, and Microsoft’s Weitz examines whether we and the machines can keep up with the data explosion.

The Conscience Economy: How a Mass Movement for Good Is Great for Business by Steven Overman (Oct. 28, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-62956-012-0). Overman’s goal is to help leaders, investors, and decision-makers in both large and small companies to manage, innovate, and thrive in a new world where “doing good” matters as much as “doing well.”


The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification by Paul Roberts (Sept. 2, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-60819-814-6). An era-defining book about how our technologically driven economy has pushed our “culture of narcissism” into hyperdrive over the past three decades—and what we can still do about it.

Bloomsbury Press

Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life by Chris Farrell (Sept. 2, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-62040-157-6). An eye-opening report on the profound changes coming to our economy and society in the era of “unretirement,” and what that means for us all.

Chelsea Green

Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy by Mark Schapiro (Sept. 15, hardcover, $26. ISBN 978-1-60358-557-6). As debate about how to reduce greenhouse gases continues in capitals throughout the world, Schapiro examines how to make polluters pay for the carbon they emit while also looking at the questions that surround implementing such a policy brings.

Crown Business

Take Command Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business by Jake Wood (Oct. 14, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0-8041-3838-3). The founder and CEO of Team Rubicon and an ex-Marine sniper applies lessons in leadership and teamwork from the disaster zone and battlefield to show how to be a “first responder” in business.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters (Sept. 16, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-8041-3929-8). Silicon Valley’s Thiel has a new theory and formula for how to build the companies of the future: the only way to create lasting value and profits is to create and monopolize a new market instead of trying to compete in an existing one.

Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success Without a Degree by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need by Nicholas Wyman (Jan. 13, paper, $15, ISBN 978-0-8041-4078-2) offers the millions of unemployed and underskilled workers a new path to finding jobs by looking away from the traditional college degree and to opportunities in career paths that equip workers with the practical, technical, and soft skills that today’s companies need.

How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World’s Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market by Mark Payne (Oct. 7, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-8041-3873-4). Founder of the consulting company Fahrenheit 212, Payne gives a behind-the-scenes look at the methodology his company uses to help clients create some of the boldest products and successfully bring them to market.

Elliott & Thompson

Capitalism with a Conscience: How We Can Create Wealth... Not Destroy It by Charles Hampden-Turner, Tom Cummings, and Fons Tompenaars (Sept. 28, paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-909653-78-8). A meticulously researched and passionately argued treatise on global capitalist culture and wealth creation, and how we can rediscover the moral basis of capitalist values to compete in the 21st century.

Entrepreneur Press

Start Your Own Senior Services Business by Charlene Davis (Aug. 12, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-59918-541-5). With nearly 6.5 million seniors who need help with their daily activities, caregivers are shown how to fill the huge demand created by this evergreen market in this guide to starting one’s own senior services business.

FSG/Faber & Faber

Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies (Aug. 5, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-86547-881-7) is the definitive book on the U.K. phone-hacking scandal, from the journalist who broke the story.

Grand Central/Business Plus

How Google Works by Jonathan Rosenberg and Eric Schmidt (Sept. 23, hardcover, $32, ISBN 978-1-4555-8234-1). Two of Google’s senior execs offer smart contrarian techniques for how to hire, manage, motivate, strategize, and grow a business in today’s disruptive world.

Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, with Paul Keegan and Casey Shilling (Oct. 7, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-4555-2685-7). Tindell, the founder and CEO of the Container Store, reveals the seven secrets to keeping both customers and employees happy and fully engaged.


Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals by John LeFevre (Nov. 11, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0-8021-2330-5). The @GSElevator Twitter feed offers a darkly funny account of investment banking and its world of excess. When the true identity of the man behind it was revealed, it created a national media sensation.

Hachette/Center Street

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John C. Maxwell (Oct. 7, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4555-4807-1). In his newest book, Maxwell delves into the process of becoming a successful leader by examining how questions can be used to advantage. What are the questions leaders should ask themselves? What questions should they ask members of their team?


Glass Jaw: A Manifesto for Defending Fragile Reputations in an Age of Instant Scandal by Eric Dezenhall (Oct. 7, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-4555-8297-6). In an age when scandal can destroy a company’s brand or anyone’s reputation in an instant, here is a guide to modern crisis management.

Harper Business

A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello (Dec. 2, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-231567-0). A year-long leadership development course divided into short, weekly lessons, based on Drucker’s personal coaching program, previously unpublished material, and selected readings from the management guru’s classic works, compiled by his longtime collaborator.

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow (Sept. 9, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-230245-8). Entrepreneur and journalist Snow analyzes the lives of people and companies that do surprising things better and faster than everyone else to reveal how each of us can use “smartcuts,” not merely shortcuts, to achieve success.

Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work by Liz Wiseman (Oct. 14, hardcover, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-06-232263-0). In a time of constant change, success depends on seeing the world through rookie eyes, and in this guide, the bestselling author of Multipliers explains why we are often at our best when we are doing something for the first time—and how to reclaim and cultivate this youthful mind-set.

Data-ism: The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else by Steve Lohr (Jan. 6, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-222681-5). A senior writer and technology reporter for the New York Times chronicles the rise of Big Data, addressing cutting-edge business strategies and examining the dark side of a data-driven world.


Me, Inc. by Gene Simmons (Oct. 21, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-232261-6). The quintessential self-made man, master of brand identity, and award-winning executive—KISS’s Simmons—shares his manifesto for business success.


Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently by Sebastian Bailey and Octavius Black (Sept. 9, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-233144-1). For more than 10 years, the authors have offered their “mind” workouts to 400 businesses in 30 countries. Their book looks to help people transform their personal and professional life by changing the way they think.

Harvard Univ.

Walter Lippmann: Public Economist by Craufurd D. Goodwin (Oct. 20, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-674-36813-2). Unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, and the merits and drawbacks of free markets were a few of the issues the journalist and public philosopher Walter Lippmann explained to the public during the Depression, and Goodwin examines Lippmann’s role during that period.

The Korean Economy: From a Miraculous Past to a Sustainable Future by Barry Eichengreen, Wonhyuk Lim, Yung Chul Park, and Dwight H. Perkins (Jan. 12, hardcover, $49.95, ISBN 978-0-674-41718-2). This analysis of the South Korean economy provides an overview of the country’s economic experience since the 1950s, with a focus on the period since democratization in 1987.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement by Peter T. Coleman and Robert Ferguson (Sept. 2, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-544-14839-0) is a practical guide to navigating workplace conflicts by better understanding the power dynamics at play in every interaction.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/New Harvest

The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters by Ulrich Boser (Sept. 16, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-54426201-0) explores how we and the institutions we rely on have much to gain from emphasizing and rebuilding trust.


Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World by Jeff Madrick (Sept. 30, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-307-96118-1). In his latest book, Madrick, author of the bestselling Age of Greed, makes a comprehensive case against prevailing mainstream economic thinking, illustrating how it has damaged markets, infrastructure, and individual livelihoods.


Think and Grow Digital: What the Net Generation Needs to Know to Survive and Thrive in Any Organization by Joris Merks-Benjaminsen (Dec. 19, paper, $24, ISBN 978-0-07-183536-7). A Google executive shows millennials how to excel in a corporate environment still dominated by an older generation, while remaining true to their personal values.

Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation by Nicholas LaRusso, Barbara Spurrier, and Gianrico Farrugia (Sept. 19, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-07-183866-5) contains proven lessons from the Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most successful organizations, that business leaders can use to drive innovation in their own companies.

The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer by Jill Morgenthaler (Nov. 7, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0-07-183494-0). A female colonel in the U.S. Army shares unique and powerful leadership lessons to help business professionals at any level overcome obstacles to forge their own path to success.

The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why the Future of Business Depends on the Return to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by John A. Allison (Nov. 28, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-07-183111-6) is the follow-up to Allison’s bestselling The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure.

Blind Ambition: How to Envision Your Limitless Potential and Achieve the Success You Want by Patricia Walsh (Nov. 14, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0-07-183382-0). The story of Walsh, an engineer and record-breaking four-time national champion paratriathlete who refused to be defined by any limits, draws on her experience of adversity—and even greater success—teaching an effective methodology for setting goals of any kind.


Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy by Michael Hudson (Dec. 2, hardcover, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-56858-737-0). Hudson, a maverick economist and leading authority on the history of debt, chronicles the financial sector’s rise to dominance, and how, in its triumph, it has become a parasite that has taken over the brain of the U.S. economy.

Thomas Nelson/Lampo Press

The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity by Dave Ramsey (Oct. 14, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-937077-71-6) takes readers deep into God’s Word, revealing His perspective on wealth, personal and family legacy, and how He wants to use readers to further His kingdom work around the world.


Profit from Your Idea: How to Make Smart Licensing Deals by Richard Stim (Aug. 29, paper, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4133-2057-2) helps readers get everything they need to protect and profit from their inventions in this all-in-one guide, including how to show an invention to potential investors, while protecting the rights.

Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Pay for It by Joseph Matthews (Oct. 31, paper, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4133-2069-5) is aimed at helping people make the right decisions about choosing and paying for long-term care, by describing a range of available healthcare choices.


Sync or Swim: A Fable About Workplace Communication and Coming Together in a Crisis by Gary D. Chapman, Paul E. White, and Harold Myra (Nov. 1, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8024-1223-2). The workplace is stressful these days, but stories are one of the most powerful ways to communicate truths effectively, and the authors use fables to cut through stress.


Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore (Nov. 3, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-393-24112-9) explores how Coke’s insatiable thirst for resources has shaped the company and reshaped the globe in this history of the worldwide giant.

Oxford Univ.

Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History by Barry Eichengreen (Jan. 2, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-939200-1) argues that our memory of the Great Depression shaped the policy response to the Great Recession, and how the Great Recession will reshape our historical understanding of the Great Depression.

Palgrave Macmillan

Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship Is Revolutionizing the World’s Largest Democracy by Hindol Sengupta (Nov. 18, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-137-27961-3). The senior editor for Fortune India explains how the world’s largest democracy is at risk of falling apart and what’s holding it together.

The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Risks, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure by Deborah Perry Piscione (Oct. 28, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-137-27928-6) explains why risk-taking is critical to success, for established businesses and startups alike.

Twitter Is Not a Strategy: Remastering the Art of Brand Marketing by Tom Doctoroff (Nov. 11, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-1-372-7930-9). A leading marketer breaks down the barriers between traditional and digital media, offering principles for customer engagement.


The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership by Richard Branson (Sept. 9, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-59184-737-3). A popular CEO explores the difference between a leader and a boss.

Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham (Nov. 28, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-59184-497-6) offers an enlightening guide through one of the most stressful processes every business owner must face: how to leave the company gracefully.

Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising by Ryan Holiday (Sept. 30, paper, $14, ISBN 978-1-59184-738-0). A new generation of megabrands like Facebook, Dropbox, AirBnb, and Twitter haven’t spent a dime on traditional marketing. No press releases, no TV commercials, no billboards. Instead, they rely on a new strategy, called growth hacking.

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein (Nov. 13, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-59184-744-1). Conventional wisdom says fossil fuels are an unsustainable form of energy that is destroying our planet, but Epstein shows that if we look at the big picture, the much-hated fossil fuel industry is improving our planet by making it a far safer and richer place.

Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors Out of Billions by Erin Arvedlund (Sept. 25, hardcover, $28.95, ISBN 978-1-59184-668-0). This is the first book to address the LIBOR scandal, the decadeslong banking conspiracy that swindled ordinary investors out of billions and for which Dutch traders are facing charges in the U.S.

Dream Year: Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love by Ben Arment (Aug. 5, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-59184-729-8) will help people make radical changes in their careers and lives. Arment outlines practical steps to identify, finance, and execute dream projects, and sustain them for years.

Penguin Press

The Shifts and the Shocks: How the Financial Crisis Has Changed Our Future by Martin Wolf (Sept. 11, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-59420-544-6). The chief economic commentator for the Financial Times presents a comprehensive analysis of the new global economy and its trajectory.


The Moment You Can’t Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future by Malachi O’Connor and Barry Dornfeld (Oct. 7, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-61039-465-9). Nearly every organization has faced “the moment it can’t ignore” as new forms of technology and innovation wreak havoc on traditional business approaches. Here are insights into how to confront the clash of old and new, and navigate the challenges of tomorrow.

Simon & Schuster

The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth by James K. Galbraith (Sept. 9, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4516-4492-0). From respected liberal thinker and economic iconoclast James K. Galbraith, a smart, scathing explanation for the economic crisis, and a vision for the future.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein (Sept. 16, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-4516-9738-4). Klein, author of the bestseller The Shock Doctrine, explains why the global climate crisis is a message to the world to restructure our economies, cultures, and political systems to avoid impending climate disaster.

The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson (Jan. 6, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-4516-6605-2). Based on interviews with more than 200 leading entrepreneurs, a consultant and senior fellow at Harvard’s Center for Business and Government identifies the essential skills that today’s business leaders use to turn their ideas into successful businesses.


Separating Fools from Their Money: A History of American Financial Scandals by Scott B. MacDonald and Jane E. Hughes (Dec. 31, paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-4128-5500-6) traces the history of financial scandals in the U.S., exposing themes common to all financial scandals, which remain astonishingly unchanged over more than two centuries: greed, hubris, media connections, self-interested politicians, and booms-gone-bust.

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Food Security and Scarcity: Why Ending Hunger Is So Hard by C. Peter Timmer (Jan. 6, hardcover, $59.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-4666-7) explains how food markets operate and when it is effective for governments to step in. Ending hunger requires that each society find the right balance of market forces and government interventions to bring even a country’s most vulnerable citizens into a sustainable food system.


The Farm to Market Handbook: How to Create a Profitable Business from Your Small Farm by Janet Hurst (Jan. 15, paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7603-4660-0). In this handbook, veteran dairy-goat farmer Hurst teaches how to create a marketing plan for farm products and earn money from a farm.

Yale Univ.

Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ian Klaus (Oct. 14, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-300-18194-4). A history of raw capitalism exposes the unscrupulousness at its heart.