Best Books of 2019
Best Business and Leadership Books of 2019
We're at a pivotal moment in history where we have a couple years left to save America's democracy and 12 years left to become carbon neutral.
Yet, the power dynamics of this moment are best described as an extinction burst by the powers that have traditionally succeeded through exploitation and value extraction. I sought out books that brought historical context to this conflict, and solutions to this moment.
This list builds on my 2018 best books suggestions and suggested reading for 2018 with a continued focus on civics, economics, history, radical leadership and circular solutions.
1) The Mueller Report: Part I and II
This letter-sized facsimile edition includes every page of the MUELLER REPORT, with no supplementary or explanatory texts. All redaction marks are in place as well. What you get is what the Department of Justice issued online, on April 18, 2019.This is part one and two of the 442-page Mueller report. Part two "addresses the President's actions toward the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and related matters, and his actions toward the Special Counsel's investigation. Volume II separately states its framework and the considerations that guided the investigation.
We must all understand the facts before Robert Mueller testifies July 17th.
2) The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America
Timothy Snyder, professor of history, has written extensively on the rise of authoritarian and totalitarian movements in the 20th century. His latest book compares history with the 2016 US election and the conditions that led up to it. Gives context to the facts of the Mueller investigation as to the larger global organized crime story that led up to why the 2016 & 2020 elections are was worth interfering.
3) Activate the Circular Economy: Reconciling Economy and Nature
The solution to our climate crisis is to transition the global economy to a circular (regenerative / sustainable) economy. Searches for circular economy are up 30% giving me hope that more people are searching for pragmatic solutions to replacing extractive business models that have brought our economy to the brink multiple times in my lifetime with regenerative and sustainable ones with a longer term focus.
This is one of the first books published with a road map describing how to design out waste out of our current "take-make-waste" economic model to one that is designed for zero waste from the beginning rather than trying to re-purpose waste later in the cycle to the detriment of the environment.
4) Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st century economist.
Kate Raworth's Best Book of 2017 in economics walks through how our fundamental ideas around economics are centuries out of date and the best thinking available for regenerative and sustainable economy best visualized as a doughnut. You will hear similar themes as Marianna Mazzucato's Value of Everything which describes how modern economies reward value extraction rather than creation and how to accurately label business' activities to create an economy that works for all.
5) Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.
6) Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change
Stacey Abrams book has best been described as Lean In for people without power. Her insights on grit, staying true to yourself and personal stories of how to find your own way are inspirational and yet also pragmatic for emerging leaders.
7) Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up
Jerry Colonna wrote a book on leadership which focuses on radical self-inquiry. This book is crucial to shaping the type of leaders this next age requires: leaders aware of their own emotions and thus capacity for empathy, communication, and compassion at work.
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