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Top Ten Books This Week - April 30 , 2018
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On Apr 30, 2018

Non-Fiction
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1.Bill Aulet:  Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup:Rs 599..00

24 Steps to Success!Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren t born with something special they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks down the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24–step framework that any industrious person can learn and apply. You will learn: Why the F word focus is crucial to a startup s success.Common obstacles that entrepreneurs face and how to overcome themHow to use innovation to stand out in the crowd it s not just about technologyWhether you re a first–time or repeat entrepreneur, Disciplined Entrepreneurship gives you the tools you need to improve your odds of making a product people want.Author Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship as well as a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

2.Jonah Sachs:Unsafe Thinking:How to be Creative and Bold When You Need It Most:Rs 699.00

 It defines our everyday routines, work habits and ideas. There’s just one problem with it, in a world of constant change, it ultimately lets us down. Unsafe thinking, creativity Guru Jonah Sachs demonstrates that the most remarkable and trail-blazing individuals from the maverick google programmer who came up with Gmail, to the Colombian mayor who employed mime artists to transform his city’s traffic problem are those who reject the lure of what they already know. He draws on cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to uncover the mental processes that lead to successful innovation. and he reveals how you too can learn to adopt the boldly innovative mindset that will help you thrive in life and in business.  

3.Paul R Daugherty:Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI:Rs 1250.00

 AI is radically transforming business. Are you ready?Look around you. Artificial intelligence is no longer just a futuristic notion. It's here right now in software that senses what we need, supply chains that "think" in real time and robots that respond to changes in their environment. Twenty-first-century pioneer companies are already using AI to innovate and grow fast. The bottom line is this: Businesses that understand how to harness AI can surge ahead. Those that neglect it will fall behind. Which side are you on?In Human + Machine, Accenture leaders Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Jim Wilson show that the essence of the AI paradigm shift is the transformation of all business processes within an organization whether related to breakthrough innovation, everyday customer service or personal productivity habits. As humans and smart machines collaborate ever more closely, work processes become more fluid and adaptive, enabling companies to change them on the fly or to completely reimagine them. AI is changing all the rules of how companies operate. Based on the authors' experience and research with 1, 500 organizations, the book reveals how companies are using the new rules of AI to leap ahead on innovation and profitability, as well as what you can do to achieve similar results. It describes six entirely new types of hybrid human + machine roles that every company must develop and it includes a "leader’s guide" with the five crucial principles required to become an AI-fueled business. Human + Machine provides the missing and much-needed management playbook for success in our new age of AI.

4.Ajay Agrawal:Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence:Rs 1250.00

 Google Artificial intelligence does the seemingly impossible, magically bringing machines to life--driving cars, trading stocks and teaching children. But facing the sea change that AI will bring can be paralyzing. How should companies set strategies, governments design policies and people plan their lives for a world so different from what we know? In the face of such uncertainty, many analysts either cower in fear or predict an impossibly sunny future. But in Prediction Machines, three eminent economists recast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. With this single, masterful stroke, they lift the curtain on the AI-is-magic hype and show how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policy makers, investors and entrepreneurs.
When AI is framed as cheap prediction, its extraordinary potential becomes clear:
Prediction is at the heart of making decisions under uncertainty. Our businesses and personal lives are riddled with such decisions. Prediction tools increase productivity--operating machines, handling documents, communicating with customers. Uncertainty constrains strategy. Better prediction creates opportunities for new business structures and strategies to compete. Penetrating, fun and always insightful and practical, Prediction Machines follows its inescapable logic to explain how to navigate the changes on the horizon. The impact of AI will be profound, but the economic framework for understanding it is surprisingly simple.

5.John Doerr:Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth:Rs 699.00

 Measure what matters is a revolutionary approach to business that has been adopted by some of silicon valley's most successful start-ups. It is a movement that is behind the explosive growth of intel, google, amazon and uber and many more.Measure what matters is about using objectives and key results or Okrs to make tough choices on business priorities. It's about communicating these objectives throughout the company from entry level to CEO and it's about collecting timely, relevant data to track progress to measure what matters.When google first started out, its founders had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy and sky-high ambition but no business plan. John Doerr taught them a proven approach to operating excellence that has helped them achieve greatness. He has since shared okrs with more than fifty companies with outstanding success.In this book, Larry page, bill gates, bono, Sheryl Sandberg and many more explain how Okrs have helped them exceed all expectations and run their organisations with focus and agility.
Fiction
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1.David Baldacci :The Fallen:Rs 599.00

 Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent with the gift of a remarkable memory, returns in The Fallen. Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly-tuned antennae of agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house. With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country. But even the duo’s skills and Amos Decker’s infallible memory may not be enough to save this town, or them, from becoming the next victims.
 
2.Guillermo Del Toro:The Shape of Water:Rs 599.00

 The most celebrated movie of the year is now the must-read novel of 2018.
Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heart-breaking love story.
It is 1962 and Elisa Esposito―mute her whole life, orphaned as a child―is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective co-worker and Giles, her loving neighbour, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release―one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film―The Shape of Water is unlike anything you’ve ever read or seen.

3.Rick Riordan:The Burning Maze:Rs 599.00

Third title in the Trials of Apollo series. I was a god, once. Until I was cast out by my father, Zeus.Now I'm an awkward mortal teenager called Lester.
My way out. A series of scary and dangerous trials, of course. For my third mission, I must, journey through the labyrinth to free an oracle who only speaks in puzzles. Defeat a vicious and bloodthirsty roman emperor the most vicious of three very vicious and bloodthirsty roman emperors. Is that all. No, I've to do everything without any of my godly powers. Wonderful. Looks like I'll be needing all the help I can get. From new friends and old.

4.Jo Nesbo:Macbeth:Rs 599.00

 Set in a dark, rainy northern town, Nesbo's Macbeth pits the ambitions of a corrupt policeman against loyal colleagues, a drug-depraved underworld and the pull of childhood friendships. Get ready to helter-skelter through the darkest tunnels of human experience.

5.Christopher C Doyle:Son of Bhrigu The Pataala Prophecy:Rs 399.00

Fifteen-year-old Maya and Arjun find their placid world suddenly overturned, when their favourite history teacher is found brutally murdered. The death shocks the students at the school and baffles the police.Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger’s reappearance after 5,000 years strikes fear into the hearts of powerful members of a secret society, called the Sangha. Who is he and what is he after?What secrets are Arjun’s uncle and mother hiding and why do they inexplicably decide to leave town for an unknown destination?What is The Pataala Prophecy, that must be decoded even as the world hurtles towards a fate that may doom humanity?In a race against time, Arjun and Maya must join forces with the Sangha to face an ageless and terrible enemy from the depths of Pataal. But can they overcome an ancient power that is out to wreak vengeance?After The Mahabharata Quest series, bestselling author Christopher C Doyle creates a world of fantasy and adventure, in which mythology, action and suspense come together to weave a thriller that will keep you spellbound till the very end.

 
 
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