Soundview Executive Book Summaries


The Long Look Back
December 14, 2009, 11:29 AM
Filed under: Books in General, From the Editor | Tags: , , ,

David Letterman learned a long time ago that a lot can be done with a top 10 list. Next time you’re wandering an airport or standing in line at the supermarket, scan the magazine covers and see how many headlines involve a numbered list of one variety or another. This year, since we’re rapidly reaching the end of a year that ends in the number nine, we’ll be treated to a double-dose. We’ll not only be hearing people’s opinions on the top 10 of 2009 in dozens of categories (news stories, albums, movies, business leaders, etc) but we also get the added bonus of hearing who ranked the highest over the past decade. I’m sure this won’t be the last thing you read where the author writes, “Have 10 years really gone by since we all sat worrying about Y2K?”

Business books are an interesting topic when compiling a list of any variety. At Soundview, we obviously concern ourselves with this task, as we strive to bring you the 30 best titles of the year. However, attempting to go beyond a single year, one can really learn a great deal about which books have had tremendous impact. Business, much like technology, moves and evolves at an incredible rate. I personally love to see which books continue to wow us years after their initial impact.

While I can’t promise you a “10 best of the decade” list from me (because choosing just 10 books is far too challenging), I may over the next two weeks put the spotlight on one or two titles that I feel have had huge impact in the last 10 years. Of course, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a comment and let me know what books you felt were the biggest keys to your success from 2000 to 2009.

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