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Richard Pachter's choices for 2005's best business books.
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For my favorite business books of 2004, click here.

Among the dozens of books I reviewed in 2005, here are those that I found to be of lasting value. I’m sure I missed several good ones ("Freakonomics," anyone?), but please feel free to e-mail me if you agree, disagree or have your own favorites.

Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
by Andy Hertzfeld

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The truly amazing tale of how the soul became a part of the machine, told by the geeks, misfits and artists who tried to change the world — and succeeded. Elegantly designed, as is fitting.

blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking.
Malcolm Gladwell.

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First impressions matter. Gladwell’s entertaining and pithy monograph also shows how we’re probably much smarter than we think we are, especially when we don’t think too much about it.

A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age.
by Daniel H. Pink.

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An audaciously optimistic glimpse into a possible future where America can still lead the world, but only if we embrace the power of both sides of our brains.
Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America.
Les Standiford

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A master storyteller recounts a pivotal chapter of American history as exciting and page-turning as a great novel..

Think Big, Act Small: How America's Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive.
by Jason Jennings.
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How some "under-the-radar" businesses retain their mobility and agility while growing in size, strength and profitability.

Darknet: Hollywood's War Against The Digital Generation.
by J.D. Lasica
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Why entrenched economic interests continually resist innovation and disruptive technology while hastening their self-inflicted extinction.

Tom Peters Essentials (four volumes: Design, Leadership, Talent and Trends).
Tom Peters.

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An intelligent redesign and redaction of his previous bold but dizzying Re-Imagine results in four specific and useful texts, once again demonstrating why Tom Peters is at least two steps ahead of everyone else.

The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture.
by John Battelle.

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Battlle’s absorbing narrative reveals the birth of the real New Economy, and why we’ll continue to Google for the foreseeable future.

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.
by Neil Strauss

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‘Authenticity is the most seductive pose of all,’ and other lessons in sales, marketing, promotion and passion are conveyed in this memoir that serves as a parable more powerful than rodent bait.

The Untied States of America. Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future
by Juan Enriquez

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Why socioeconomic forces — not "Red" or "Blue" divisions — may accelerate the unraveling of America and how such a breakup can be avoided by dealing with the differences and not ignoring them. Enriquez’s dazzling work may be the smartest business book of the decade.

Album of the year: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall. Blue Note.


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