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Books

New Books: November

We have added a few new e-books this month along with print books by some very high profile authors. Subjects include: strategy, diversity, investing, communication and entrepreneurship. We will have more books to add before the year's end and (if Santa has enough room in his sack) potentially even more again. Remember you can browse through all of our acquisitions from the last six months here

Reset : my fight for inclusion and lasting change / Ellen Pao

This book is the outcome of a high profile and very topical discrimination case. It was shortlisted by the Financial Times and McKinsey for their Business Book of the Year award. The publisher's description is as follows: "In 2015, Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. Her suit rocked the tech world—and exposed its toxic culture and its homogeneity. [...] Though Pao lost her suit, she revolutionized the conversation at tech offices, in the media, and around the world. In Reset, she tells her full story for the first time."

The startup way : how modern companies use entrepreneurial management to transform culture and drive long-term growth / Eric Ries

Eric Ries is best known to date for his book The Lean Startup. In his new book The Startup Way he "lays out a framework for entrepreneurial management" revealing how "startup principles can be used by organizations ranging from established stalwarts to early-stage upstarts to drive innovation and growth to become truly modern companies" [Publisher Description].

The four : the hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google / Scott Galloway

Scott Galloway teaches brand strategy and digital marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In this book he asks fundamental questions about four of the world's biggest tech firms, including: how did they "infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone challenge them?" [Publisher Description]

The asshole survival guide : how to deal with people who treat you like dirt / Robert I. Sutton

Bob Sutton is an author of titles including Scaling Up Excellence, Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense and now The Asshole Survival Guide. The author says: "The Asshole Survival Guide provides the best advice I can muster for people who are feeling oppressed, demeaned, or disrespected by assholes. I start with diagnosis---what kind of asshole problem, exactly, are you dealing with? Then I provide field-tested, evidence-based, and sometimes surprising strategies aimed at specific goals--avoiding assholes, outwitting them, disarming them, sending them packing, and developing protective psychological armor". [Publisher Description]

The long and the short of it : a guide to finance & investment for normally intelligent people who aren't in the industry / John Kay

John Kay is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford and has written for the Financial Times. The publisher says of this book: "Readers will learn everything they need to be their own investment manager. They will recognise their investment options, the institutions that try to sell them, and how to distinguish between fact and fiction in what companies say. They will discover the principles of sound investment and the research that supports these principles. Crucially, they will learn a practical investment strategy and how to implement it."