The best business books of 2019

What were your favorite business books for 2019? What could you buy your friends and family?

So, my favorite books, I'll list them right now. Scott Galloway, The Algebra of Happiness. If you want something that's going to just smack you right into reality of what it's like to live an authentic life, read Scott Galloway's book. I love his no nonsense talking. Trillion Dollar Coach. This is a book about Bill Campbell. Now, if you don't know Bill Campbell, he was one of the most famous executive coaches in Silicon Valley. He coached some of the biggest tech names out there. And he offers the authors offer many of Bill Campbell's life lessons. And finally, Julie Zhuo's The Making of a Manager, explains what it is you need to do in order to lead properly. Now, I fell in love with Julie's writing, reading her on Medium. And so, I read a lot of her blogs and it's so great to see that she wrote a book that is a collection of her writing.

What is your favorite business book of all time?

So, hands down, The Hard Thing About the Hard Things by Ben Horowitz is my favorite business book. It really gives you a reality check on what it's like to be an entrepreneur. I read it when I started Radiate it and it gave me exactly what I needed to face the tremendous ups and the extreme lows of being an entrepreneur.

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As the coronavirus pandemic has plunged much of the world economy into turmoil, you've probably heard a lot about what might happen to "supply chains," the vast networks of manufacturing and shipping that help create and deliver all those plastic toys, iPhones, cars, pills, pants, yogurt, and N95 face-masks you've been waiting on.

The future of global supply chains is an especially important question for China, the world's manufacturing powerhouse. Some countries and companies now worry about relying too much on any single supplier for consumer and medical goods, let alone one where the government hid the first evidence of what became a global pandemic and sometimes enforces trade and investment rules in seemingly arbitrary ways. The US-China trade war — and the vulnerabilities it reveals for manufacturers — certainly don't help.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Got through the Fourth of July. Pretty rough one for 2020 here in the United States. Still in the thick of it as we see caseload exploding in the United States. But really, the virus is all about developing markets right now. Poor countries around the world very soon, with the exception of the US and the UK, all of the top 10 countries around the world in terms of coronavirus caseload will be poorer countries. Let's keep in mind, these are countries that test a lot less, which means the actual numbers, in the United States the experts are saying probable likelihood of total cases is about 10x what we've actually seen in the US, in emerging markets and most of them, it's more like between 20 and 100. In other words, this is really where the virus now is.

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Many countries around the world — mostly democracies in the Americas, Asia, and Europe — have condemned China's recent move to implement a draconian new security law for Hong Kong that in effect ends the autonomy granted to the territory when it reverted from British control to Chinese rule in 1997. However, last week 52 countries expressed support for China's decision at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Most of these countries either owe China a lot of money or are relatively authoritarian regimes themselves — but not all of them. Here's a look at the China-debt exposure and freedom rankings of the countries that took Beijing's side on the new Hong Kong law.

0: The trial in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi opened in a Turkish court on Friday, but 0 of the 20 Saudi agents accused of the gruesome murder were actually in the courtroom. Saudi Arabia says its own closed-door trial over the slaying was sufficient, and has so far refused to extradite the suspects to Turkey, where Khashoggi was killed.

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