The best business books of 2020 so far

Chris Schluep on July 14, 2020
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The best business books of the year so far

Since we don't recommend a list of business and leadership books every month, I find myself very much looking forward to June when I can make these recommendations of the best business books of the first half of the year. It was difficult choosing which books to feature, so be sure to check out our full list of the Best Business Books of 2020 So Far. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites.


Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg

BJ Fogg is the director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford, and his work is cited in some of those other popular books about habit formation that you may have heard about, or even read. This book is all about using habits to improve your behavior. Starting with the premise that "tiny is mighty," he'll show you small ways that will help you to make big changes. His approach works as well as any book I have read on the subject (and probably a little better).


The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter

For most people, economic history will sound like a way to take a dull subject and miraculously make it even duller. But this history of one of the chief figures in economics is both enriching and entertaining. Keynes is remembered for his views on money, including encouraging public spending during deficits. But he was much more than an economist—he was an Enlightenment intellectual—and his work, his mind, his focus, and his heart stretched out toward philosophy and the arts, toward politics, peace, and war.


Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

We head back to Stanford, to the team of Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, who teach the class—and wrote the book—Designing Your Life. In this follow-up, the authors point out that “increasingly, it’s up to workers to define their own happiness and success” on the job, and Designing Your Work Life is here to help you find happiness without having to ditch the job altogether and look for something new.


Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit by Ashley Mears

Author Ashley Mears is a sociologist and former model, which makes her the perfect person to write a nonfiction account of the global party circuit. The author spent a year and a half among the "models and bottles," reporting on the simultaneously seductive and repulsive world of rich men, beautiful women, and the club promoters that bring them together. Here is a real economy built on little more than beauty, status, and money—and in an age of record economic disparity, it is thriving like never before.


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