The Very Best Business Books in 2010: A Compiled List

With 800-CEO-READ’s announcement of Rework as their Business Book of The Year, we can officially close out the year that was 2010.

To try and make sense of all the year-end selections various sources made over the course of the last 60 days, I decided to put together a spreadsheet to see if there was any agreement about what shined brighter than the rest.

The methodology was simple: each selection at each source got one vote. Nineteen sources were used in the compilation (see sources below).

The top business book was The Big Short by Michael Lewis, garnering 12 votes of the 19 votes possible. Opinions diverged quickly with the Heath Brothers’ Switch pulling in nine votes and Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness and Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From both getting seven votes.

Here a list of the top vote getters in the business books for 2010:

A Google spreadsheet with all 147 books and the votes they received can be found here.

Sources: Todd Sattersten, 800-CEO-READ, Amazon’s Customer Favorites, Amazon’s Editor Picks, Bloomberg, CNBC, Economist, FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of The Year Short List, Fortune, Globe and Mail, Inc Magazine, The Leading Blog, Library Journal, Miami Herald, National Federation of Independent Businesses, NPR Marketplace, Tom Peters, Strategy+Business Magazine, University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.

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