Next week, I will present my last book synopsis of the year. It will be my 23rd synopsis of a business book at the First Friday Book Synopsis for 2023. (I have also presented synopses of eleven books dealing with issues of social justice of the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare).
If you made me choose the most important book I presented this year, I might be tempted to name Poverty, By America by Mathew Desmond, which I presented to the Urban Engagement Book Club – although it actually also made it onto the New York Times list of best-selling business books.
So…12 months, 34 books – plus a few others custom-ordered synopses prepared at the request of clients.
These are my “new” synopses that I prepared. And, of course, I have presented many synopses in additional presentations to multiple audiences.
When I try to choose the best book(s) I presented for a year, it is always a difficult challenge. So many good books!
At the First Friday Book Synopsis, focused on Business Books, after our December session, I will have presented, among other books, these selections this year:
Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential by Tiago Forte.
Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller.
Sorry, Sorry, Sorry: The Case for Good Apologies by Marjorie Ingall and Susan McCarthy.
Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less by Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Roy Schwartz.
How Big Things Get Done: The Surprising Factors That Determine the Fate of Every Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration and Everything In Between by Bent Flyvbjerg, Dan Gardner.
The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy) by Admiral William H. McRaven.
The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us About Work and Life by Sally Jenkins.
The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin.
The Fourth Turning Is Here: What the Seasons of History Tell Us about How and When This Crisis Will End by Neil Howe.
The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma by Mustafa Suleyman, Michael Bhaskar.
Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well by Amy C. Edmondson
Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant.
Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon by Michael Lewis.
Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson.
Four of these books made the shortlist of six books for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year. (Through the years, I have presented a number of books that were selected for this prestigious prize). And Chip War, which I presented early this year, was the 2022 winner of this prize.
I will select my choice for the best business book of the year I presented in the next couple of weeks. I have done this in earlier years, and of course, I only choose from books I presented. As in other years, this will not be an easy choice.
So many good books to read…so little time!