The Business Press Maven expanded his brand this year, from a man who tears the business media limb from limb to one who also rends business books' spines.My modest goal was to provide a place where business books could be torn apart, a practice sorely needed as newspapers spent the better part of 2007 cutting back on book reviews in one of many attempts to outrun their financial demons. Almost as soon as I started, readers began to email me (you are always welcome, I will always respond) to ask for my all-time favorite business books, not just my favorites for this year. Great Facilitator that I am, I eventually published a
So here you have it. The Business Press Maven literary canon of 2007:
just like 1998. But we also were treated this year to a good attempt at making a true historic parallel. Whether you agree with it or not: The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm, by Robert F. Bruner and Sean D. Carr, is a good attempt at making the case that history in the form of liquidity crisis is repeating itself in 100-year increments. Skip the long chapter about lessons, which is written way too broadly, like a horoscope. But the yarn is a good one. Warren Buffett: And Other Shareholder Meeting Adventures (Thunder's Mouth Press, an imprint of Avalon) by Randy Cepuch reminds one and all that shareholder meetings can, if looked at in their entirety, still be seen as a sort of ecosystem, a living breathing representation of what a company might truly be like. Cepuch sets out across America as a sort of William Least Heat Moon of the shareholder set, and investors would be well served to do the same with their own holdings.