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《财富》编辑记者们去年最爱看哪些书?

《财富》编辑 2020年01月13日

《财富》编辑记者们推荐的书单,包括虚构、非虚构类作品。

《魔法镜子》(企鹅兰登出版社);《我的名字你知道》(维京出版社);《把李子留给我》(企鹅兰登出版社)。图片来源:Graphic by Alex Scimecca
 

如今人们经常抱怨,随着一季又一季电视剧的狂轰烂炸,以及其他流媒体内容的层出不穷,电视上的节目实在是多的让人目不暇接。

当然,好的阅读刊物如今也不在少数。如果你正在寻找一本可读性强的佳作,那你算是来对地方了。以下是《财富》杂志的编辑记者们的推荐书作清单,既有虚构和非虚构类作品,也有商业和非商业书刊。他们都建议,如果你今年必须读一本书,那么切勿错过以下推荐作品。

监督资本主义时代》,作者:肖莎娜·祖博夫

祖博夫的宣言像是当代版的《资本论》。这位哈佛商学院的前任教授解开了暗中隐藏的神秘,而且最终她认为,破坏机制是当今数字经济的基础。它完全可以让你将电池从手机中卸下来并扔进湖里。——罗伯特·哈克特,高级撰稿人

《美好二三事:罗杰斯与哈莫思腾的百老汇革命》,作者:托德·S·普多姆

从核心内容来看,这本书是创建人的自传:这个故事文笔简练,生动地讲述了两位20世纪最知名的剧院艺术家如何创作出不朽的作品,例如《俄克拉荷马》、《南太平洋》和《音乐之声》。但普多姆还在《美妙二三事》(2019年平装本新书)中讲述了理查德·罗杰斯和奥斯卡·哈默斯腾如何成长为大拿的故事,部分原因在于他们都是老辣的商业人士,也就是更加悲怆但却更为明智的运营商,他们二人曾因其职业早期错过的金融机会懊恼不已。这两位通过缩减财务、创造性地控制其剧作,以及借助高明的法律手段来保留剧作,让其音乐剧院帝国实现了自给自足。换句话说:如果不是其有限责任制的企业成立方式,人们可能就听不到《音乐之声》了。——马修·海默,高级特写编辑

《把李子留给我》,作者:露丝·雷克尔

我去年读了不少佳作,但在我最喜爱的书单中,有一本书出人意料的排在了前列,它就是《把李子留给我:我在〈美食家〉杂志工作的那段日子》,作者是《美食家》的前任主编。雷克尔介绍了自己如何从一名美食评论家转而执掌最大的美食杂志,也就是在各种峰回路转之后,自己终于拿到了这份全新的重要工作。该书坦诚、明晰地讲述了担任高层之后面临的各种挑战,其流畅的文笔和异常丰富的细节让人欲罢不能。——蕾切尔·斯卡鲁姆,数字副总编

《我的名字你知道》,作者:张小夏

阅读《我的名字你知道》是一种不可思议,近乎无以言表的体验。张小夏用强有力的语言讲述了众多性侵幸存者的感受,以及对布洛克·特纳案件数年的报道中所缺失的内容。——艾玛·辛克利夫,助理编辑

《游戏是这么玩的》,作者:艾德·斯塔克

除了向读者透露Dick’s Sporting Goods在很多店面禁止销售枪支、决定放弃其3亿美元年销售额的内幕之外,这本公司首席执行官的自传能够让我们一探这出闹剧的真相,而整个家族业务也几乎因为这出闹剧而荡然无存。它还介绍了公司随后是如何通过职业化,将自身发展成为了一家年收入85亿美元的连锁品牌。——王波非,高级撰稿人

《魔法镜子》,作者:吉雅·多伦提诺

吉雅·多伦提诺通过其之前的《发夹与荡妇》一书以及当前在《纽约客》的专栏,俘获了一群狂热的追随者。(更值得一提的是,她曾经在一个短命的电视节目中客串一位真人秀明星,该电视节目让一群处于35岁左右的千禧一代绞尽脑汁去记忆他们所看到的内容。)多伦提诺的声誉可谓是实至名归,而且其首发新书也进一步巩固了自己的声誉。这本书汇编了诸多文章,尖锐、讽刺地剖析了当前的流行文化危机,内容涵盖轰动的骗局、自顾型政治、对文学女英雄的剖析、人们的身份与社交媒体之间无法斩断的纽带,以及Pinterest对婚姻文化影响的失败等。——蕾切尔·金,编辑

《想用户之所想:设计领域的隐藏规则如何改变我们生活、工作和娱乐的方式》,作者:克里夫·邝,罗伯特·法布里坎特

该书讲述了以用户为中心的设计的历史,并以轻松的内容扣题。该书所讲述的故事都经过了精心编排,其内容严谨,叙事手法巧妙。克里夫是一名记者,而法布里坎特是一位设计师,这两位通过此书展现了设计的力量,其中既有好的设计,也有不好的设计,领域从汽车、飞机一直到核电厂和移动应用。——钱科雷,亚洲执行主编

《如何像机器一样说话:让人类采用计算机思维》,作者:约翰·梅达

设计和科技大拿约翰·梅达帮助解释了计算机思考的方式,以及在他看来为什么出色的经典设计理念已无法与计算机设计的规模和范围匹敌。——钱科雷,亚洲执行主编

《成功的代价:追求卓越的教训》,作者:苏世民

《财富》杂志在2007年有关黑石集团巨大成功的封面报道中将苏世民《华尔街的新王》推上了冠军宝座。如今,苏世民这回拉开了窗帘,回忆自己在现实中打造这家投资公司时所经历的起起落落。这是一个异常真诚、谦逊的个人故事。《成功的代价》一书发人深思,内容十分有趣,而且充满了生活中的经验教训,无论是首席执行官还是高中生都能从中获益。——苏西·加里布,高级特邀作者

《她说:点亮燎原星火的性侵故事》,作者:茱迪·坎特,梅根·图伊

这本引人入胜的书作将带领你了解坎特和图伊有关哈维·韦恩斯坦性虐指控报道背后的故事。这两位《纽约时报》的记者对高风险调查的内容进行了深度解读,并探寻其内幕,同时还揭示了整个用于保护这位金牌制作人的体制。但该书令我触动最深的部分在于,《她说》时刻都在提醒我们女性在将性骚扰指控公之于众时所冒的风险,以及她们为此所需付出的勇气。——柯问思,高级撰稿人

《我喜欢看电视:我对电视革命的看法》,作者:艾米丽·纳斯鲍姆

如果你喜欢看电视,《纽约客》电视评论家艾米丽·努斯鲍姆所汇编的这一系列文章必然是你的最爱。从《吸血鬼猎人巴菲》和《傲骨贤妻》的评论文章,到知名策划人的长篇介绍,例如恩杰·考汉和莱恩·墨菲,人们将深入了解多种电视节目的内幕、电视迷们的喜怒哀乐,以及匆匆岁月留下来的某些传承。——拉迪卡·玛雅,编辑

《工作》,作者:罗伯特·卡罗

我是卡罗书友会的持卡会员。我会满心欢喜地阅读他的一切作品。但事实在于,这位书作大拿(对于他来说,一本小说就能愉快地写上2000页)向我们奉上了一本通俗易懂的240页回忆录,其中满是其传奇作品背后的故事和秘密,例如《权力经纪人》和他的林登·约翰逊传记。我心里那个高兴啊!我最喜爱的部分(自那之后已在自己的作品中引用):卡罗并没有打破采访中尴尬的沉默,为自己的话题找台阶下,而是在他的笔记中一遍一遍地写着“SU”,也就是“闭嘴”的缩写。——妮可·古德坎德,政治撰稿人 (财富中文网)

译者:冯丰

审校:夏林

 

A common complaint these days is that there’s simply too much to watch on TV amid the deluge of season-long drops on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+, and whatever other streaming service pops up.

Well, there’s no shortage of good reading material these days either. If you’re looking for a new good book to read, look no further. Fiction and nonfiction, business and nonbusiness, here is a list of recommendations from the Fortune staff, each suggesting that if you had to read one book this year, make it this one.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff

Zuboff’s manifesto hits like a modern-day Das Kapital. The former Harvard Business School professor demystifies the dark and ultimately, as she argues, destructive mechanisms underpinning today’s data economy. It’s enough to make you rip the battery pack out of your phone and toss it in a lake. —Robert Hackett, senior writer

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, by Todd S. Purdum

At its core, this is a biography of creators—a deftly written and lively account of how two of the 20th century’s best-known theater artists built enduring works like Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. But Purdum also makes the case in Something Wonderful (new in paperback in 2019) that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein became a juggernaut in part because they were savvy businesspeople—sadder but wiser operators who had been burned by missed financial opportunities earlier in their careers. By demanding tight financial and creative control over their shows, and throwing sharp legal elbows to keep it, the duo made sure their musical-theater empire sustained itself. Put another way: If it weren’t for their LLCs, you wouldn’t still be hearing “Do-Re-Mi.” —Matthew Heimer, senior features editor

Save Me the Plums, by Ruth Reichl

I read a lot of great books this year, but an unexpected front-runner for my favorite is Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, by the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet. Reichl writes about her transition from food critic to running one of the biggest food magazines with all the twists and turns a new, big job entails. Full of honest transparency about the challenges of being in charge, the book’s smooth writing and insanely rich detail make it impossible to put down. —Rachel Schallom, deputy digital editor

Know My Name, by Chanel Miller

Reading Know My Name is an incredible, almost indescribable experience. Chanel Miller puts powerfully into words what so many survivors of sexual assault have felt and what was missing during years of coverage of the Brock Turner case. —Emma Hinchliffe, associate editor

It’s How We Play the Game, by Ed Stack

In addition to giving readers the inside scoop on Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to give up $300 million in annual sales by dropping guns at many stores, the CEO’s autobiography gives us a front row seat to the drama that nearly sank a family business and how it then went about professionalizing itself to become an $8.5 billion a year chain. —Phil Wahba, senior writer

Trick Mirror, by Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino has garnered a cult following from her days at to her current post at The New Yorker. (Not to mention her stint as a reality-TV star on a short-lived show that will have mid-thirties millennials racking their brains trying to remember if they saw it or not.) Tolentino’s reputation is well-earned and solidified in her debut book, a compilation of essays acutely and sometimes sardonically dissecting the pop culture crises of the moment, whether they be sensational scammers, the politics of self-care, the portrayal of literary heroines, the inextricable knot of our identities with social media, and the failure of Pinterest’s influence on wedding culture. —Rachel King, editor

User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play, by Cliff Kuang with Robert Fabricant

This book offers a history of user-centered design that’s delightfully true to its title. The stories it tells are thoughtfully organized, rigorously reported, and deftly presented. Kuang, a journalist, and Fabricant, a designer, demonstrate the power of design—for good and evil—in everything from autos and airplanes to nuclear power plants and mobile apps. —Clay Chandler, executive editor, Asia

How to Speak Machine: Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us, by John Maeda

Design and tech guru John Maeda helps explain how computers think and why, in his view, the magic of brilliant classical design can no longer match the scale and scope of computational design. —Clay Chandler, executive editor, Asia

What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, by Stephen A. Schwarzman

Fortune crowned Stephen Schwarzman “The New King of Wall Street” in a 2007 cover story about the spectacular success of Blackstone Group. Now, Schwarzman pulls back the curtain and recounts his real-life version of the ups and downs in building the investment firm. It is a surprisingly honest, humble, and personal story. What It Takes is an inspiring and entertaining read and full of life lessons whether you’re a CEO or a high school student. —Susie Gharib, senior special correspondent

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

This riveting book takes you behind the scenes of Kantor and Twohey’s reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. The New York Times reporters provide a deep, behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a high-stakes investigation and reveal the entire system that was in place to protect the powerful producer. But most poignant for me was the way She Said is a critical reminder of how much women risk when they go public with their accusations, and how brave they truly are. —Beth Kowitt, senior writer

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution, by Emily Nussbaum

If you love television, this collection of essays by The New Yorker’s TV critic Emily Nussbaum is for you. From pieces dedicated to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Good Wife to longer profiles of storied showrunners like Jenji Kohan and Ryan Murphy, you get a number of thoughtful insights about shows spanning various genres, the ups and downs of fandom, and certain legacies as the decades have gone by. —Radhika Marya, editor

Working, by Robert Caro

I am a card-carrying member of the Cult of Caro. I’d happily read anything he wrote. But the fact that the master of tomes—to whom 2,000 pages is a jaunty little novel—gave us an easily digestible 240-page memoir full of the stories and secrets behind legendary works like The Power Broker and his Lyndon Johnson biographies is almost too much for my heart to take. My favorite nugget (that I have since adopted in my own work): Instead of talking through awkward silences in interviews and giving his subjects a way out, Caro writes “SU” in his notes over and over, short for “shut up.” —Nicole Goodkind, politics writer

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