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Top Ten Books This Week -Oct 03, 2017
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On Oct 03, 2017

 

Non-Fiction
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1.Subroto Bagchi:Sell:The Art,the Science ,the Witchcraft :Rs 499.00

‘Everyone is a salesperson by some measure and selling is not a pushy, winner-take-all, macho act. It is an empathy-led, process-driven,knowledge-intensive discipline.’ In his new book, Sell – the first book on the subject by an Indian practitioner of business – bestselling author and inspiration to generations of entrepreneurs, Subroto Bagchi presents the concepts of selling and salesmanship from his unique perspective.Elaborating on the essential skills required to be a successful seller – whether of a product, a service, an idea, an organization, or even of personalskills – Bagchi crystallizes his on-the-ground knowledge about salesmanship through stories and anecdotes from his vast repertoire of experiencesand extensive reading to provide wise and profound insights and advice on making an impact on others and acquiring the power to influencetheir decisions. A comprehensive and contemporary treatise on the art, science and ‘witchcraft’ behind selling, Sell will redefine the meaning of salesmanship.

2.Prince Mathews Thomas :The Consolidators :Rs 399.00​

When we talk about great business empires, we often talk about the first generation entrepreneurs who found businesses or the third generation, which is commonly associated with the disintegration of family businesses. The consolidators are second-generation entrepreneurs who tend to be the most interesting and the ones who make or break a business. In this highly original book, Prince takes us through the stories of seven super successful second-generation entrepreneurs who showed imagination, gumption and foresight in turning around the companies they inherited from their fathers. Inspiring and revealing, these stories will propel you to dream big and show you how you can take your business to the next level.

3.Matt Watkinson :The Grid  :The Decision Making Tool for Every Business (Including Yours) :Rs 699.00

This ground-breaking book from award-winning author Matt Watkinson reveals the fundamental, inseparable elements behind the success of every business.The Grid provides the mental scaffolding to help you:

· Evaluate and refine product and service ideas
· Reduce risk by considering the broader impact of strategic decisions
· Identify the root causes behind business challenges
· Anticipate the impact of changes in the market and turn them to your advantage
· Collaborate more effectively across teams

Combining practical guidance with real-world examples, The Grid will bring clarity and confidence to your business decision-making.

4.Satya Nadella: Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone:Rs 599.00

Microsoft’s CEO tells the inside story of the company’s continuing transformation, while tracing his own journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant changes of the digital era and offering his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies.Hit Refresh is about individual change, the transformation happening inside Microsoft, and the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced – including artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing. It examines how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform, how they must ‘hit refresh’ in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal. Yet at its core, it’s about humans and how one of our essential qualities – empathy – will become ever more valuable in a world where technological advancement will alter the status quo as never before.In addition to his thoughts on these stunning scientific leaps, Satya Nadella discusses his fascinating childhood before immigrating to the U.S. and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as sitting CEO – one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He explains how the company rediscovered its soul – transforming everything from its culture to its business partnerships to the fiercely competitive landscape of the industry itself. Nadella concludes by introducing an equation to restore digital trust, ethical design principles, and economic growth for everyone‘Ideas excite me,’ Nadella explains. ‘Empathy grounds and centres me.’ A series of recommendations presented as algorithms, Hit Refresh is an astute contemplation of what lies ahead from a conscientious, deliberative leader searching for improvement – for himself, for a storied company, and for society.

5.Joshua Cooper Ramo:The Seventh Sense: Power , Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks:Rs 499.00

Endless terror. Refugee waves. An unfixable global economy. Surprising election results. New billion-dollar fortunes. Miracle medical advances. What if they were all connected? What if you could understand why? In this ground-breaking new book, Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of the international bestseller the Age of the Unthinkable, examines the historic force that is shaking our world and explains how our leaders, our businesses and each of us can master it. Introducing a powerful new way of seeing the world, he reveals that the secret to power is through activating our ‘seventh sense’, that is, understanding our new age of networks – not merely the Internet but also networks of trade and DNA and finance. Based on his years of advising generals, CEOs and politicians, Ramo takes us into the opaque heart of our world’s rapidly connected systems and teaches us about the forces that are invisible to most of us but explain everything from explosive technological change to uneasy political ripples. This is what the victors of this age know – and what the losers are not yet seeing. the Seventh Sense won’t merely change the way you see the world. It will also give you the power to change it.

Fiction
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1. John Le Carre :The Legacy of Spies :Rs 599.00

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good.Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carré has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

2. Manu Joseph :Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous :Rs 499.00

A building collapses in Mumbai. In the debris is a man who is mumbling something in delirium. It appears that he is passing on the real-time movements of a young Muslim couple. Elsewhere, a young intelligence agent is assigned to shadow two terror suspects, one of whom is a teenager and the sweetheart of her street, Laila.Taking up a slice of recent history, Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous glares at the entire system - not just politicians, the bureaucracy, the police and lackeys, but also the good folks. Pervasive in its satire, wicked in its humour and broad-based in its canvas, this is one of the most stylish and honest works of fiction about India ever written.

3. Rory Clements :Corpus:Rs 499.00

1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war.
In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.In an exclusive London club, a conspiracy is launched that threatens the very heart of government. When a renowned society couple with fascist leanings are found brutally murdered, a maverick Cambridge professor is drawn into a world of espionage he knows only from history books. The deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he finds to link the murders with the girl with the silver syringe - and even more worryingly to the scandal surrounding the Abdication . . .

4. Christopher Wilson :The Zoo :Rs 699.00

There are certain things that Yuri Zipit knows:That being official food-taster for the leader of the Soviet Union requires him to drink too much vodka for a 12-year-old.That you do not have to be an Elephantologist to see that the great leader is dying.That Marshal Bruhah has been known to eat his own children, while Comrade Krushka is only fit to run a slaughterhouse, and that one of them has Yuri's father somewhere here in the Dacha.That it's a crime to love your family more than you love Socialism, the Party or the Motherland.That, because of his damaged mind, everyone thinks Yuri is a fool.But Yuri isn't. He sits quietly through another excessive state dinner and witnesses it all - betrayals, body doubles, buffoonery. He's starting to get the hang of this politics thing, but there's so much to learn. Who knew that a man could be in five places at once? That someone could break your nose as a sign of friendship? That people could be disinvented?The Zoo is a cutting satire, told through the refreshing voice of one gutsy boy who will not give up on hope.

5. Devi Yesodharan:Empire:Rs 599.00

A woman of courage, with dagger and bow, Will do countless deeds: dark and light, right and low. Her armour dark, her armour gold, Around her red rivers will flow. An Indian empire at the peak of its power. A great port heaped with spices, silks, jewellery, perfumes, weapons. Everyone wants a share of the riches of Nagapattinam. When a Greek pirate ship sails in to loot the wealth of the Cholas, it is brutally defeated by the navy and forced to pay a compensation. A payment that includes a twelve-year-old girl, Aremis. Aremis grows up to be a skilled warrior, a great asset to the Cholas. But she is a foreigner among her captors, even though the emperor trusts her to guard his person. Anantha, the man who took her captive, the supreme commander of the empire’s armies, is a wily strategist. But he no longer has the stomach for war. The emperor’s ambitions weary him. Rajendra Chola has conquered Lanka, now he wants to rule the Indian Ocean. Their future is set: a dangerous journey across the seas and a bloody, brutal war they cannot survive undamaged.

 

 
 
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