It was a very good year for business books

I was a great year for business books, with released from Ben Horowitz and Peter Thiel, and another smash hit by Michael Lewis.

It was a very good year for business books

Some biz related books I really enjoyed this year include titles from Ben Horowitz, Peter Thiel, Thomas Piketty, and Michael Lewis.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz taught lessons about how not to fail. A must read for startup founders.

Since I'm contrarian (to a fault), Peter Thiel's Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future was hugely enjoyable. Interesting how folks seemed to have zoomed in on his view of monopolies.

Which brings me to Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, which had U.S. economists up in arms and their Euro counterparts swooning.

According to the sheeple I ought to buy a copy of Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks. It was brought back to life by Open Road Media after Bill Gates mentioned it was his favorite biz book in a WSJ piece.

Last and most certainly not least is Michael Lewis' Flash Boys. If Lewis' prior works The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine and Liar's Poker, hadn't made it abundantly clear how rigged Wall Street and financial markets are, this sealed the deal. I read Flash Boys in one sitting and promptly bought Liar's Poker and Big Short: they're that good!