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Richard Pachter's choices for 2007's best business books.
Click on each title to read the full original review and the link to purchase the book.
For my favorite business books of 2006 click here or 2005 click here.

I didn’t — and couldn’t — read every business book published in 2007, so it’s highly likely that something superb escaped my attention. But these titles are the best of those I read and reviewed. If I missed a favorite of yours, please let me know. Regardless, I’ll keep reading and I hope you will, too.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Random House. 291 pages.
Chip and Dan Heath.

Genuine or bogus, concepts and products resonate with authenticity and gain acceptance because of a perception of their legitimacy. The Heaths explain why emotion and simplicity are vital components of successful persuasion. Click here to purchase.

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Portfolio. 320 pages..
Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.
An interesting and compelling survey of successful collaborative ventures, including a look at how companies you’d least expect to play nice with others are doing so, and benefiting from the experience. Click here to purchase.

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick). Portfolio. 88 pages. by Seth Godin.
Should you stay or should you go? There’s no correct — or easy — answer, but Godin helps readers assess the upside of each path, and provides tools to determine whether one is facing a wall or a door. Click here to purchase.

Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose. Wharton School Publishing. 320 pages.
By Rajendra Sisodia, David Wolfe, Jagdish Sheth.

How companies that do good are also doing quite well; a strong antidote to incessant tales of venal executives and predatory enterprises. Click here to purchase.

Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits (Commemorative Edition). Wiley. 260 pages. by Robert L. Townsend.
Forty years ago, an excerpt of the forthcoming volume was published in Harper's magazine and the next day, people appeared at the publisher’s reception desk looking for the book. This classic ought to be required reading for anyone entering the workforce. Period. Click here to purchase.

The Leadership Challenge. John Wiley. 416 pages. by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.
A newly revised edition of a business classic provides a solid set of empirical standards based on observation and analysis of the key behaviors demonstrated by genuine leaders.
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Beyond Buzz: The Next Generation of Word-of-Mouth Marketing. AMACON. 228 pages.
by Lois Kelly.

How conversational hooks and themes can be used for marketing. Kelly brings the proverbial Cluetrain into the station and unpacks several carloads-full of its bounty.Click here to purchase

No Man's Land: What to Do When Your Company Is Too Big to Be Small but Too Small to Be Big. Portfolio. 256 pages. by Doug Tatum.
Getting through the treacherous territory between big and small is a killer. Tatum provides an interesting and insightful discussion that also demonstrates his understanding of the personal toll that growing a business often takes. Click here to purchase

Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing Rules. IBM Press. 408 pages. by Mike Moran.
The Internet is indisputably a powerful catalyst for the rapid spread of ideas, memes, cultural tics — and commerce. Moran shows how to harness this power by fearlessly allowing mistakes and rapidly learning from them. Click here to purchase

Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day. Wiley. 300 pages.
by Gina Trapani.
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Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet — Better, Faster, Easier. St. Martin's Press. 416 pages. by Mark Frauenfelder.
Click here to purchase
Between these books, you’ll have almost everything you need to help you use technology to live and work smarter.

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