Let’s talk books: 5 books to read in 2012

After weeks of compiling book suggestions from almost everyone I set my eyes on, I have finally settled on a set of 24 books to read this year (the whole list can be found here). Here are some of the highly recommended ones. 

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By Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Why read this book? Because Steve Jobs was a one-of-a-kind man who lived an extraordinary life. His biography is definitely worth reading (especially if it’s written by Isaacson!) 

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By Matthew A. Russell

“You’ll learn how to combine social web data, analysis techniques, and visualization to help you find what you’ve been looking for in the social haystack, as well as useful information you didn’t know existed.”

Why read this book? Because there is so much data out there and so much knowledge hidden in its folds and this book may grant us some of the necessary skills to uncover it.

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By Phil Simon

The Age of the Platform demonstrates how the world of business today is vastly different from that of even ten years ago. Today, the most successful companies are operating under an entirely different business model-one predicated on collaboration, emerging technologies, externally driven innovation, different types of partnerships, and vibrant ecosystems.

Why read this book? Because it was recommended to me by my good twitter friend Kelly Craft and I trust her judgement very very much. And because I’ve taken a glimpse at this video and it convinced me on the spot that it will be worth my time.  
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By Don Taposcott and Anthony D. Williams

In their 2007 bestseller, Wikinomics Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams showed the world how mass collaboration was changing the way businesses communicate, create value, and compete in the new global marketplace. Now, in the wake of the global financial crisis, the principles of wikinomics have become more powerful than ever. 

Why read this book? Because I read wikinomics and I can say it was one of the best books I read last year. And because taking the wikinomics’ principles to a larger scale can only mean one thing: More goodness! 

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By Steven Johnson

This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like “the slow hunch” and “serendipity.” It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs.

Why read this book? Simply because of this!
Happy reading everyone and I’m curious to see what are the most anticipated books on your reading list too!  
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