McKinsey has asked CEOs what they are reading again this year. I do not know how many years McKinsey has been compiling this list, but I know they did so last year (2016), and again this year. (Two of our regular participants at the First Friday Book Synopsis sent me the article. Thanks to both).
Last year’s list had a clear favorite: four different CEOs named The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo for their list. (Read my blog post about last year’s list here). This year, only one book was selected by more than one CEO: Sapiens. And, only one author was selected by more than one CEO, Yuval Noah Harari, the author of Sapiens (selected twice), and Homo Deus (selected once).
I do have a new observation about this year’s selections. In my life of presenting book synopses, I present synopses of business books (at the First Friday Book Synopsis), and synopses of books on issues of social justice (for the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare). As close as I can tell, only two books out of this list of 33 selections deal with issues of social justice: Hillbilly Elegy and Evicted. Both of these are worth reading, by the way!
From the books on this year’s list, I have presented synopses of six of the 33 selections: The Undoing Project, Elon Musk, The Inevitable, and Homo Deus, all at the First Friday Book Synopsis; and Hillbilly Elegy and Evicted at the Urban Engagement Book Club.
So… what books are you reading this summer?
Here is the complete list, titles only. Click over to the McKinsey article for a complete list of titles with authors.
(Sorry about the small print).