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读本好书,为魔幻的一年画上句号:《财富》年度推荐书单

读本好书,为魔幻的一年画上句号:《财富》年度推荐书单

Rachel King 2020年12月11日
希望其中的一本或几本能够带你远离2020年的喧嚣。

希望其中的一本或几本能够帮助你远离2020年的喧嚣。

图片来源:COURTESY OF HACHETTE BOOKS, DUTTON BOOKS, BALLANTINE BOOKS, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW PRESS, SIMON & SCHUSTER

尽管今年是多事之秋,但至少我们还有很多好书可读。

当然,一些出版社已经将少数书作的发布日期推迟到了2021年的某个时候。尽管如此,市面上仍不乏优秀的作品,而且书商和作者都在不遗余力地通过数字渠道推广其作品,可能借此吸引更多以前他们没有接触过的读者和团体。

不管是小说还是非小说,商业还是非商业,以下是《财富》员工的推荐清单,希望其中的一本或几本能够帮助你远离2020年的喧嚣。

《美好而愚蠢的努力》图片来源:Courtesy of Dutton Books

《美好而愚蠢的努力》(A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor),作者:汉克•格林(Hank Green)

继处女作《绝对值得称道的事情》之后,汉克•格林这部扣人心弦的后续之作讲述了一个不大可能实现的任务:从外星人的破坏中拯救人类。作品采用了大量的社交用语以及加密货币、脑机接口之类最前沿的科技,从复述一位外星间谍密友观点的交替论点拉开帷幕。阅读该书,会给人一种在虚拟仿真世界中如沐春风的感觉。除此之外,有多少书能够含有一段一段由人工智能猴子讲述的故事,而且这只猴子还受到了外太空超强意识的控制。——罗伯特•哈克特,资深作者

《没有工作的世界:技术进步、自动化,以及我们该如何应对》图片来源:Courtesy of Metropolitan Books

《没有工作的世界》(A World Without Work),作者:丹尼尔•苏斯金德(Daniel Susskind)

长久以来,机器一直在取代人力劳动,然而人们会发现新的工作,经济也会扩张。经济学家丹尼尔•萨斯坎德认为,借助人工智能,这一次的情形可能不大一样,它将大幅扩大财富的不均衡性,除非政府出面干预。——阿隆•普雷斯曼,资深作者

《血与油:穆罕默德•本•萨勒曼对全球权力的疯狂追求》图片来源:Courtesy of Hachette Books

《血与油:穆罕默德•本•萨勒曼对全球权力的疯狂追求》(Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power),作者:布拉德利•霍普(Bradley Hope),贾斯汀•舍克( Justin Scheck)

穆罕默德•本•萨勒曼的故事很多——与软银的合作,与杰拉德•库什那的友谊,贾马尔•哈苏吉的死亡,利雅德丽思卡尔顿的人质事件,即便知道不少,小说用充满戏剧性的眼光审视沙特宫廷《权力游戏》式的古怪举措时,仍令我一再感到吃惊。其核心读者将会是原油和地缘政治领域的粉丝(或对于WeWork冒险故事机能紊乱和障碍感到痴迷的人士)。然而,它充满了娱乐性、惊悚、恐怖和引人入胜之处,足以担当吸睛书作之重任。——凯瑟琳•邓,副编辑

《种姓:我们不满的根源》图片来源:Courtesy of Random House

《种姓:我们不满的根源》(Caste: The Origins of Our discontent),作者:伊莎贝尔•威尔克森(Isabel Wilkerson)

《其他太阳的温暖》一书的作者将让读者从根源上了解美国社会和正义系统被用于确保白人成为统治阶级的设计,也就是他们自踏上美国海岸开始便已固化的永存优势。该书对于主导多元化和包容性动议的高管来说尤为有用,能够帮助他们理解是什么人和障碍让少数族裔,尤其是黑人难以获得晋升。——王波非,资深作者

这本书非常适合那些在乔治•弗洛伊德被害之后幡然醒悟,并意识到自己对根植于美国社会中的根本性不公知之甚少的人士。——穆瑞澜,总裁

《绝望的死亡与资本主义的未来》图片来源:Courtesy of Princeton University Press

《绝望的死亡与资本主义的未来》(Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism),作者:安妮•凯斯(Anne Case)、安格斯•迪顿(Angus Deaton)

依然侵蚀着美国政治的愤怒和不信任源于美国生活基础的崩塌,包括工作、医疗和安全。安妮•凯斯和安古斯•狄盾为我们提供了大量令人震惊的数据,展示了收入不公之外预期寿命的下降、家庭的分崩离析以及快速和慢性自杀的激增。——大卫•莫里斯,科技栏目作家

《吃颗桃子:张锡镐的回忆录》图片来源:Courtesy of Clarkson Potter Publishers

《吃颗桃子:张锡镐的回忆录》(Eat a Peach: A Memoir),作者:张锡镐(David Chang )、加布•乌拉(Gabe Ulla)

在多面手张锡镐于2004年在曼哈顿开设其Momofuku餐厅后,他永远地改变了美国的餐饮格局。张的回忆录将带你领略其历程,从小面馆一直到餐饮帝国和明星大厨,本书不仅记录了美国餐饮演变过程中的形成期,同时也向人们展示了在竞争异常激烈的餐饮界如何脱颖而出。《吃颗桃子》于疫情中期出版,从新的视角审视了这个受到新冠疫情严重冲击的行业。然而,张在处理其韩裔美籍身份、情绪问题以及精神健康问题时还提出了一些质朴的观点。这种近距离的审视将得到美食爱好者以及非美食爱好者的共鸣。——柯问思,资深作者

《健康建筑:室内空间如何提高绩效和生产力》图片来源:Courtesy of Harvard University Press

《健康建筑:室内空间如何提高绩效和生产力》(Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity),作者:约瑟夫• G•艾伦(Joseph G. Allen),约翰•D•麦康伯(John D. Macomber)

这本书的出版可谓是恰逢其时,它揭露了当代大楼普遍存在的通风不足以及污染问题,就在该书出版之际,室内共享空间已变得尤为致命。尽管如今新冠疫情通道的尽头已经出现了亮光,但这些改善室内空气质量的洞见和指导原则在疫情后的改革中仍将发挥巨大的作用。——大卫•莫里斯,科技栏目作家

《加密货币之王:一家初创公司试图将加密货币从硅谷带到华尔街》图片来源:Courtesy of Harvard Business Review Press

《加密货币之王:一家初创公司试图将加密货币从硅谷带到华尔街》(Kings of Crypto),作者:杰夫•罗伯茨(Jeff Roberts)

《加密货币之王》(作者为《财富》资深作家骆杰峰)讲述了一群下层社会叛逆者先于他人看到了金融的未来,而且将其革命掌握在了自己的手中。阅读这本书类似于用听诊器来聆听这个放置着加密货币行业起源故事的金库。咚咚咚——秘密如泉涌。——罗伯特•哈克特,资深作者

《开卷》图片来源:Courtesy of Dey Street Books

《开卷》(Open Book),作者:杰西卡•辛普森(Jessica Simpson)

明星的回忆录并不总是以坦诚而出名。然而,杰西卡•辛普森今年用其新作在这个领域增添了一抹亮色。该书有个十分贴切的名字《开卷》。这本充满洞见、令人心碎的回忆录讲述了辛普森20年的历程,可谓是包罗万象,从其作为流行明星的岁月一直到其职业的重大转折——开设一家估值10亿美元的时装品牌。——艾玛•辛克里夫,副主编

《莎士比亚在分裂的美国:他的戏剧讲述了我们过去和未来》图片来源:Courtesy of Penguin Press

《莎士比亚在分裂的美国:他的戏剧讲述了我们过去和未来》(Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future),作者:詹姆斯•夏皮罗(James Shapiro)

文学教授詹姆斯•夏皮罗公布了一段鲜为人知但异常详实的材料,讲述的是从19世纪初到现在美国人对莎士比亚的看法,在书中,他将莎士比亚当成了一种墨迹测试:所有人,从亚伯拉罕•林肯到约翰•威尔克斯•布斯,他们都在莎士比亚身上看到了自己想看到的内容。在这一过程中,他们无意间揭示了其内心的自我和分裂现象——种族主义、排外和阶级冲突,这些对于当前的人们来说并不陌生。书中的故事真是棒极了。——方绘香,资深作者

《聚会:如何打造高效社交网络》图片来源:Courtesy of Riverhead Books

《聚会:如何打造高效社交网络》(The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters ),作者:普里亚•帕克(Priya Parker)

到了2020年的这个时候,在家庭之外与任何人聚会(对于我们某些人,或任何人)似乎已经成为了一种怪异的理念。然而,作者普里亚•帕克提醒我们,为什么真实生活中的会面对于我们的工作和个人生活来说如此重要。帕克还是一名战略顾问,他此前工作的内容是中东、南非和印度的和平进程。(毫无疑问,在辉瑞疫苗疗效的消息公布之后,Zoom连同这类居家工作公司的股价立即应声大跌。)在《聚会》(Riverhead Books出版社)一书中,帕克明确地介绍了那些有助于(以及不利于)会面成效的要素,并给出了能够改变疫情后各种会面方式的指导准则,从董事会一直到烧烤。——雷切尔•金(编者注:该名称于2018年最先发布,但于2020年4月首次发布平装版。)

《雪纺战壕》图片来源:Courtesy of Ballantine Books

《雪纺战壕》(The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir),作者:安德•列昂•塔利(André Leon Talley)

如果你在期盼《时尚女魔头》的续集,并自动将其作为《时尚》主编安娜•温图尔的真实写照,你可能会对此感到失望。安德鲁•莱昂•塔利在这个异常脆弱和辛辣的回忆录中自然而然地就成为了其自己节目的明星。该书回忆了他在南吉姆克罗的儿童时代,以及其常青藤高校的教育,同时还回忆了他自己在《女性日常服饰》、《W》杂志以及最知名的《时尚》杂志工作之外在巴黎和纽约时装走秀打零工的经历。

塔利一直将自己描述为时尚记者圈中第一位最有权势的黑人,这一点在其职业的早期生涯是无可争辩的。他还坦诚地讲述了自己对种族和时尚的看法,同时介绍了自己在理解自身性别方面所遇到的问题,以及自身一直以来与进食障碍所进行的斗争。(读者们也可以愉悦地收听这本回忆录,因为塔利在其有声读物的叙述中展现了自己的所有个性,很少有作者能够成功地做到这一点。)——雷切尔•金,编辑

《水晶旅店》图片来源:Courtesy of Knopf

《水晶旅店》(The Glass Hotel),作者:Emily St.John Mandel(埃米莉•圣约翰•曼德尔)

埃米莉•圣约翰•曼德尔最后一本小说——2014年大热书作《第十一站》——的粉丝们一直都在翘首期盼这位加拿大作者的下一部书作。然而,尽管《第十一站》疫情后的情节可能更适合(如果不是特别怪异的话)2020年这一痛苦的年份,但《水晶旅店》却是让人们又想起了有关不久前2008年那场经济衰退的痛苦回忆。《水晶旅店》从一个宁静的上流阶层酒店酒吧(还记得吗?)说起,该酒吧位于雾霭蒙蒙的不列颠哥伦比亚(这个与曼哈顿的那种酒吧可能相距甚远)。在该书中,一系列角色的行动不可避免地导致其所熟知之人或陌生人出现了相应的后果(有时候悲惨甚至是致命的后果)。——雷切尔•金,编辑

《中空地带》图片来源:Courtesy of Gallery/Saga Press

《中空地带》(The Hollow Places),作者:T.金费舍

21世纪的恐怖小说受到了“怪异小说”的深刻影响,这类小说可追溯至20世纪早期,包括1907年阿尔格农•布拉克伍德异常扣人心弦的中篇小说《柳林》(The Willows)。在《中空地带》(出版商Gallery/Saga Press)中,金费舍没有采用布拉克伍德过度灵活的构架,以及其他怪异小说的试金石,而是运用了一种单刀直入的手法,让阅读体验变得十分顺畅的同时让读者在数月间都难以释手。——大卫•莫里斯,科技栏目作家

《华盛顿幕后的人:詹姆斯•贝克三世的生平与时代》图片来源:Courtesy of Doubleday Books

《华盛顿幕后的人:詹姆斯•贝克三世的生平与时代》(The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III),作者:彼得•帕克(Peter Baker ),苏珊•格拉斯勒(Susan Glasser)

美国政治文化已经崩坏,但它此前并非如此。詹姆斯•艾迪森•贝克便是一位大师级人物,能够在华盛顿完成要做的事情。我们需要他的回归。——穆瑞澜,总裁

《镜与光》图片来源:Courtesy of Henry Holt & Company

《镜与光》(The Mirror & the Light ),作者:希拉里•门特尔(Hilary Mantel)

这是希拉里•门特尔《狼厅》小说三部曲的第三部也是最后一部小说,介绍了托马斯•克伦威尔的生平。他崛起于草根,后成为了亨利八世的首席顾问,同时也是英格兰最有权力的男性之一。这本渐进式的小说(约800页)值得一读的原因不仅在于门特尔优美的词句,还包括克伦威尔的起落所折射出有关权力腐败影响的深刻教训,以及荣耀与骂名之间的一线之隔。——杰瑞米•卡恩,资深作者

《辉煌与邪恶》图片来源:Courtesy of Crown Publishing Group

《辉煌与邪恶》(The Splendid and the Vile),作者:埃里克•拉尔森(Erik Larson)

在事实与虚构之间失去明显界定的时代,我们很高兴能够读到一本非虚构小说,而且作者依然懂得用事实说话的意义。同时,这位作者所讲述的故事依然充满了一部一流小说所应具备的戏剧性、角色和兴奋点。——穆瑞澜,总裁

《范妮•戴维斯眼中的世界:母亲的底特律生活》图片来源:Courtesy of Back Bay Books

《范妮•戴维斯眼中的世界:母亲的底特律生活》(The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers),作者:布里奇特•M•戴维斯(Bridgett M. Davis)

范妮•戴维斯所拥有的能力可以让其成为一流的高管:她是一名策略高手,一位事无巨细的策划者,同时还是一位“人缘极好的人”,有着能够按照形势宽严相济的情商。然而,对于一个生活在于南部种族歧视地区(随后又来到了被隔离的底特律)的成年黑人女性来说,她难以进入企业,因此她成为了“数字”领域(类似于彩票的非法赌博)的顶级玩家,并因此而声名大振。在范妮女儿——小说家兼电影制片人布里奇特•戴维斯的回忆录中,范妮成为一位异常勤勉和足智多谋的女性,尽管生活在逮捕的威胁,以及上个世纪60和70年代社会动荡的阴影中,她依然能够为其家人创造舒适安全的环境,并成为街坊邻居的经济支柱。——马修•海默,资深编辑

《永不满足:我的家族如何创造了世界上最危险的人》图片来源:Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

《永不满足:我的家族如何创造了世界上最危险的人》(Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man),作者:玛丽•L•特朗普(Mary L. Trump)

没有一本书能够权威地解读特朗普时代,但这本书最为接近,不过它很少提及21世纪的政治。有关特朗普家族狂暴的心理和情感虐待的直接描述并不能解释美国当前的现状,然而,它确实在某种程度上以一种几乎令人欣慰的方式解释了这位男士显而易见的破碎人生,而他也成为了这个令人不安变化的化身。——大卫•莫里斯

《欲望:一本小说》图片来源:Courtesy of Henry Holt & Company

《欲望》(want)作者:琳•斯蒂格•斯特朗(Lynn Steger Strong)

《欲望》是一部虚构小说,但在我看来像是对千禧一代经济焦虑及其背后原因的审视。我们的主角伊丽莎白是一位博士,有两个孩子,遇到了严重的财务困境。她一直在尝试平衡自己的生活和理想,作者对此的刻画十分生动,令人心碎,而且是很多伊丽莎白时代女性的真实写照。——柯问思,资深作者

《我们在想什么:特朗普时代思想简史》图片来源:Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

《我们在想什么:特朗普时代思想简史》(What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era),作者:卡洛斯•洛扎达(Carlos Lozada)

即便面对我最大的敌人,我也不愿将阅读150本有关特朗普执政情况的书作为一种惩罚。但卡洛斯•洛扎达就是这么做的,他是《华盛顿邮报》非虚构小说评论员,因此至少他做这个事情有钱可赚。他对这些书作的汇编即能够让读者获得愉悦的体验,也是在紧急呼吁更大范围的民众参与。在洛扎达描绘这个显而易见、令人不安的美国经济和文化势力(特朗普利用其来助推自己的政治崛起,其他领导人在特朗普离任很久之后可能会继续利用)画像时,他吸收了来自于左翼、右翼和中间派作者的文章。——马修•海默,资深编辑 (财富中文网)

译者:冯丰

审校:夏林

希望其中的一本或几本能够帮助你远离2020年的喧嚣。

尽管今年是多事之秋,但至少我们还有很多好书可读。

当然,一些出版社已经将少数书作的发布日期推迟到了2021年的某个时候。尽管如此,市面上仍不乏优秀的作品,而且书商和作者都在不遗余力地通过数字渠道推广其作品,可能借此吸引更多以前他们没有接触过的读者和团体。

不管是小说还是非小说,商业还是非商业,以下是《财富》员工的推荐清单,希望其中的一本或几本能够帮助你远离2020年的喧嚣。

《美好而愚蠢的努力》(A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor),作者:汉克•格林(Hank Green)

继处女作《绝对值得称道的事情》之后,汉克•格林这部扣人心弦的后续之作讲述了一个不大可能实现的任务:从外星人的破坏中拯救人类。作品采用了大量的社交用语以及加密货币、脑机接口之类最前沿的科技,从复述一位外星间谍密友观点的交替论点拉开帷幕。阅读该书,会给人一种在虚拟仿真世界中如沐春风的感觉。除此之外,有多少书能够含有一段一段由人工智能猴子讲述的故事,而且这只猴子还受到了外太空超强意识的控制。——罗伯特•哈克特,资深作者

《没有工作的世界》(A World Without Work),作者:丹尼尔•苏斯金德(Daniel Susskind)

长久以来,机器一直在取代人力劳动,然而人们会发现新的工作,经济也会扩张。经济学家丹尼尔•萨斯坎德认为,借助人工智能,这一次的情形可能不大一样,它将大幅扩大财富的不均衡性,除非政府出面干预。——阿隆•普雷斯曼,资深作者

《血与油:穆罕默德•本•萨勒曼对全球权力的疯狂追求》(Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power),作者:布拉德利•霍普(Bradley Hope),贾斯汀•舍克( Justin Scheck)

穆罕默德•本•萨勒曼的故事很多——与软银的合作,与杰拉德•库什那的友谊,贾马尔•哈苏吉的死亡,利雅德丽思卡尔顿的人质事件,即便知道不少,小说用充满戏剧性的眼光审视沙特宫廷《权力游戏》式的古怪举措时,仍令我一再感到吃惊。其核心读者将会是原油和地缘政治领域的粉丝(或对于WeWork冒险故事机能紊乱和障碍感到痴迷的人士)。然而,它充满了娱乐性、惊悚、恐怖和引人入胜之处,足以担当吸睛书作之重任。——凯瑟琳•邓,副编辑

《种姓:我们不满的根源》(Caste: The Origins of Our discontent),作者:伊莎贝尔•威尔克森(Isabel Wilkerson)

《其他太阳的温暖》一书的作者将让读者从根源上了解美国社会和正义系统被用于确保白人成为统治阶级的设计,也就是他们自踏上美国海岸开始便已固化的永存优势。该书对于主导多元化和包容性动议的高管来说尤为有用,能够帮助他们理解是什么人和障碍让少数族裔,尤其是黑人难以获得晋升。——王波非,资深作者

这本书非常适合那些在乔治•弗洛伊德被害之后幡然醒悟,并意识到自己对根植于美国社会中的根本性不公知之甚少的人士。——穆瑞澜,总裁

《绝望的死亡与资本主义的未来》(Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism),作者:安妮•凯斯(Anne Case)、安格斯•迪顿(Angus Deaton)

依然侵蚀着美国政治的愤怒和不信任源于美国生活基础的崩塌,包括工作、医疗和安全。安妮•凯斯和安古斯•狄盾为我们提供了大量令人震惊的数据,展示了收入不公之外预期寿命的下降、家庭的分崩离析以及快速和慢性自杀的激增。——大卫•莫里斯,科技栏目作家

《吃颗桃子:张锡镐的回忆录》(Eat a Peach: A Memoir),作者:张锡镐(David Chang )、加布•乌拉(Gabe Ulla)

在多面手张锡镐于2004年在曼哈顿开设其Momofuku餐厅后,他永远地改变了美国的餐饮格局。张的回忆录将带你领略其历程,从小面馆一直到餐饮帝国和明星大厨,本书不仅记录了美国餐饮演变过程中的形成期,同时也向人们展示了在竞争异常激烈的餐饮界如何脱颖而出。《吃颗桃子》于疫情中期出版,从新的视角审视了这个受到新冠疫情严重冲击的行业。然而,张在处理其韩裔美籍身份、情绪问题以及精神健康问题时还提出了一些质朴的观点。这种近距离的审视将得到美食爱好者以及非美食爱好者的共鸣。——柯问思,资深作者

《健康建筑:室内空间如何提高绩效和生产力》(Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity),作者:约瑟夫• G•艾伦(Joseph G. Allen),约翰•D•麦康伯(John D. Macomber)

这本书的出版可谓是恰逢其时,它揭露了当代大楼普遍存在的通风不足以及污染问题,就在该书出版之际,室内共享空间已变得尤为致命。尽管如今新冠疫情通道的尽头已经出现了亮光,但这些改善室内空气质量的洞见和指导原则在疫情后的改革中仍将发挥巨大的作用。——大卫•莫里斯,科技栏目作家

《加密货币之王:一家初创公司试图将加密货币从硅谷带到华尔街》(Kings of Crypto),作者:杰夫•罗伯茨(Jeff Roberts)

《加密货币之王》(作者为《财富》资深作家骆杰峰)讲述了一群下层社会叛逆者先于他人看到了金融的未来,而且将其革命掌握在了自己的手中。阅读这本书类似于用听诊器来聆听这个放置着加密货币行业起源故事的金库。咚咚咚——秘密如泉涌。——罗伯特•哈克特,资深作者

《开卷》(Open Book),作者:杰西卡•辛普森(Jessica Simpson)

明星的回忆录并不总是以坦诚而出名。然而,杰西卡•辛普森今年用其新作在这个领域增添了一抹亮色。该书有个十分贴切的名字《开卷》。这本充满洞见、令人心碎的回忆录讲述了辛普森20年的历程,可谓是包罗万象,从其作为流行明星的岁月一直到其职业的重大转折——开设一家估值10亿美元的时装品牌。——艾玛•辛克里夫,副主编

《莎士比亚在分裂的美国:他的戏剧讲述了我们过去和未来》(Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future),作者:詹姆斯•夏皮罗(James Shapiro)

文学教授詹姆斯•夏皮罗公布了一段鲜为人知但异常详实的材料,讲述的是从19世纪初到现在美国人对莎士比亚的看法,在书中,他将莎士比亚当成了一种墨迹测试:所有人,从亚伯拉罕•林肯到约翰•威尔克斯•布斯,他们都在莎士比亚身上看到了自己想看到的内容。在这一过程中,他们无意间揭示了其内心的自我和分裂现象——种族主义、排外和阶级冲突,这些对于当前的人们来说并不陌生。书中的故事真是棒极了。——方绘香,资深作者

《聚会:如何打造高效社交网络》(The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters ),作者:普里亚•帕克(Priya Parker)

到了2020年的这个时候,在家庭之外与任何人聚会(对于我们某些人,或任何人)似乎已经成为了一种怪异的理念。然而,作者普里亚•帕克提醒我们,为什么真实生活中的会面对于我们的工作和个人生活来说如此重要。帕克还是一名战略顾问,他此前工作的内容是中东、南非和印度的和平进程。(毫无疑问,在辉瑞疫苗疗效的消息公布之后,Zoom连同这类居家工作公司的股价立即应声大跌。)在《聚会》(Riverhead Books出版社)一书中,帕克明确地介绍了那些有助于(以及不利于)会面成效的要素,并给出了能够改变疫情后各种会面方式的指导准则,从董事会一直到烧烤。——雷切尔•金(编者注:该名称于2018年最先发布,但于2020年4月首次发布平装版。)

《雪纺战壕》(The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir),作者:安德•列昂•塔利(André Leon Talley)

如果你在期盼《时尚女魔头》的续集,并自动将其作为《时尚》主编安娜•温图尔的真实写照,你可能会对此感到失望。安德鲁•莱昂•塔利在这个异常脆弱和辛辣的回忆录中自然而然地就成为了其自己节目的明星。该书回忆了他在南吉姆克罗的儿童时代,以及其常青藤高校的教育,同时还回忆了他自己在《女性日常服饰》、《W》杂志以及最知名的《时尚》杂志工作之外在巴黎和纽约时装走秀打零工的经历。

塔利一直将自己描述为时尚记者圈中第一位最有权势的黑人,这一点在其职业的早期生涯是无可争辩的。他还坦诚地讲述了自己对种族和时尚的看法,同时介绍了自己在理解自身性别方面所遇到的问题,以及自身一直以来与进食障碍所进行的斗争。(读者们也可以愉悦地收听这本回忆录,因为塔利在其有声读物的叙述中展现了自己的所有个性,很少有作者能够成功地做到这一点。)——雷切尔•金,编辑

《水晶旅店》(The Glass Hotel),作者:Emily St.John Mandel(埃米莉•圣约翰•曼德尔)

埃米莉•圣约翰•曼德尔最后一本小说——2014年大热书作《第十一站》——的粉丝们一直都在翘首期盼这位加拿大作者的下一部书作。然而,尽管《第十一站》疫情后的情节可能更适合(如果不是特别怪异的话)2020年这一痛苦的年份,但《水晶旅店》却是让人们又想起了有关不久前2008年那场经济衰退的痛苦回忆。《水晶旅店》从一个宁静的上流阶层酒店酒吧(还记得吗?)说起,该酒吧位于雾霭蒙蒙的不列颠哥伦比亚(这个与曼哈顿的那种酒吧可能相距甚远)。在该书中,一系列角色的行动不可避免地导致其所熟知之人或陌生人出现了相应的后果(有时候悲惨甚至是致命的后果)。——雷切尔•金,编辑

《中空地带》(The Hollow Places),作者:T.金费舍

21世纪的恐怖小说受到了“怪异小说”的深刻影响,这类小说可追溯至20世纪早期,包括1907年阿尔格农•布拉克伍德异常扣人心弦的中篇小说《柳林》(The Willows)。在《中空地带》(出版商Gallery/Saga Press)中,金费舍没有采用布拉克伍德过度灵活的构架,以及其他怪异小说的试金石,而是运用了一种单刀直入的手法,让阅读体验变得十分顺畅的同时让读者在数月间都难以释手。——大卫•莫里斯,科技栏目作家

《华盛顿幕后的人:詹姆斯•贝克三世的生平与时代》(The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III),作者:彼得•帕克(Peter Baker ),苏珊•格拉斯勒(Susan Glasser)

美国政治文化已经崩坏,但它此前并非如此。詹姆斯•艾迪森•贝克便是一位大师级人物,能够在华盛顿完成要做的事情。我们需要他的回归。——穆瑞澜,总裁

《镜与光》(The Mirror & the Light ),作者:希拉里•门特尔(Hilary Mantel)

这是希拉里•门特尔《狼厅》小说三部曲的第三部也是最后一部小说,介绍了托马斯•克伦威尔的生平。他崛起于草根,后成为了亨利八世的首席顾问,同时也是英格兰最有权力的男性之一。这本渐进式的小说(约800页)值得一读的原因不仅在于门特尔优美的词句,还包括克伦威尔的起落所折射出有关权力腐败影响的深刻教训,以及荣耀与骂名之间的一线之隔。——杰瑞米•卡恩,资深作者

《辉煌与邪恶》(The Splendid and the Vile),作者:埃里克•拉尔森(Erik Larson)

在事实与虚构之间失去明显界定的时代,我们很高兴能够读到一本非虚构小说,而且作者依然懂得用事实说话的意义。同时,这位作者所讲述的故事依然充满了一部一流小说所应具备的戏剧性、角色和兴奋点。——穆瑞澜,总裁

《范妮•戴维斯眼中的世界:母亲的底特律生活》(The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers),作者:布里奇特•M•戴维斯(Bridgett M. Davis)

范妮•戴维斯所拥有的能力可以让其成为一流的高管:她是一名策略高手,一位事无巨细的策划者,同时还是一位“人缘极好的人”,有着能够按照形势宽严相济的情商。然而,对于一个生活在于南部种族歧视地区(随后又来到了被隔离的底特律)的成年黑人女性来说,她难以进入企业,因此她成为了“数字”领域(类似于彩票的非法赌博)的顶级玩家,并因此而声名大振。在范妮女儿——小说家兼电影制片人布里奇特•戴维斯的回忆录中,范妮成为一位异常勤勉和足智多谋的女性,尽管生活在逮捕的威胁,以及上个世纪60和70年代社会动荡的阴影中,她依然能够为其家人创造舒适安全的环境,并成为街坊邻居的经济支柱。——马修•海默,资深编辑

《永不满足:我的家族如何创造了世界上最危险的人》(Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man),作者:玛丽•L•特朗普(Mary L. Trump)

没有一本书能够权威地解读特朗普时代,但这本书最为接近,不过它很少提及21世纪的政治。有关特朗普家族狂暴的心理和情感虐待的直接描述并不能解释美国当前的现状,然而,它确实在某种程度上以一种几乎令人欣慰的方式解释了这位男士显而易见的破碎人生,而他也成为了这个令人不安变化的化身。——大卫•莫里斯

《欲望》(want)作者:琳•斯蒂格•斯特朗(Lynn Steger Strong)

《欲望》是一部虚构小说,但在我看来像是对千禧一代经济焦虑及其背后原因的审视。我们的主角伊丽莎白是一位博士,有两个孩子,遇到了严重的财务困境。她一直在尝试平衡自己的生活和理想,作者对此的刻画十分生动,令人心碎,而且是很多伊丽莎白时代女性的真实写照。——柯问思,资深作者

《我们在想什么:特朗普时代思想简史》(What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era),作者:卡洛斯•洛扎达(Carlos Lozada)

即便面对我最大的敌人,我也不愿将阅读150本有关特朗普执政情况的书作为一种惩罚。但卡洛斯•洛扎达就是这么做的,他是《华盛顿邮报》非虚构小说评论员,因此至少他做这个事情有钱可赚。他对这些书作的汇编即能够让读者获得愉悦的体验,也是在紧急呼吁更大范围的民众参与。在洛扎达描绘这个显而易见、令人不安的美国经济和文化势力(特朗普利用其来助推自己的政治崛起,其他领导人在特朗普离任很久之后可能会继续利用)画像时,他吸收了来自于左翼、右翼和中间派作者的文章。——马修•海默,资深编辑 (财富中文网)

译者:冯丰

审校:夏林

Amid everything that happened this year, at least there were plenty of good books to read.

Certainly, some publishing houses pushed off a few releases here and there to 2021. Regardless, there was no shortage of quality content, and book publishers and authors alike made strides in promoting their work via digital channels, perhaps attracting many more readers and communities they have not reached out to in the past.

Fiction and nonfiction, business and nonbusiness, here is a list of recommendations from the Fortune staff, hoping one (or more) of these titles can help you escape the chaos that was 2020.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

Hank Green’s punchy follow-up to his debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing centers on a low-odds attempt at saving humanity from extraterrestrial sabotage. Infused with social media–savvy prose and all the latest tech fads—from cryptocurrency to brain-computer interfaces—the story unfolds through retelling from the alternating points of view of an alien emissary’s closest friends. The book is as pleasant an escape as a breezy spring day in a virtual reality simulation. Besides, how many books can claim to feature portions of narrative from the perspective of an A.I.-equipped monkey possessed by a superpowerful consciousness from outer space? —Robert Hackett, senior writer

A World Without Work by Daniel Susskind

For centuries, machines have replaced people at work, but people have found new jobs and the economy expanded. Economist Daniel Susskind argues that with artificial intelligence, this time could be different, drastically exacerbating wealth inequalities unless governments step in. —Aaron Pressman, senior writer

Blood and Oil: Mohammed Bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck

Even knowing much of the MBS story—the partnership with SoftBank, the friendship with Jared Kushner, the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the hostage taking in the Riyadh Ritz—this high-drama look at the Game of Thrones antics of the Saudi court surprised me again and again. Its core readers will be followers of the worlds of oil and geopolitics (or anyone who was obsessed with the dysfunction and bluster of the WeWork saga). But it’s entertaining, grisly, horrifying, and fascinating enough to work as a broad-appeal page turner. —Katherine Dunn, associate editor

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The author of The Warmth of Other Suns walks the reader through all the ways in which U.S. social and justice systems are designed to keep white people as the dominant caste, perpetuating advantages built in since their arrival on American shores. The book is particularly useful for executives leading diversity and inclusion initiatives in understanding who and what impediments keep minorities, notably Black people, from rising. —Phil Wahba, senior writer

The perfect book for all of those who woke up suddenly after the George Floyd killing, and recognized that they didn’t understand the fundamental inequity built into American society. —Alan Murray, president

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case and Angus Deaton

The rage and distrust that are (still) eroding American politics are rooted in a broad collapse in the basics of a well-lived life: jobs, health, security. Anne Case and Angus Deaton give us reams of data that hit like a truck, showing that declining life expectancy, family dissolution, and suicide by means fast and slow have skyrocketed alongside income inequality. —David Z. Morris, tech writer

Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang, with Gabe Ulla

The multi-hyphenate David Chang forever changed the U.S. dining scene when he opened his Momofuku restaurant in Manhattan in 2004. Chang's memoir takes you along on his journey from that tiny noodle bar to food empire and celebrity chefdom, capturing both a formative period in the evolution of U.S. dining as well as a window into what it takes to make it in the cutthroat restaurant world. Released in the middle of the pandemic, Eat a Peach provides new perspective on an industry decimated by COVID-19. But Chang also gives you an unvarnished view as he grapples with his Korean-American identity, anger issues, and mental health. It’s an intimate look that will resonate with foodies and non-foodies alike. —Beth Kowitt, senior writer

Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity by Joseph G. Allen and John D. Macomber

Among the most luckily timed book releases ever, this exposé of the widespread under-ventilation and pollution inside modern buildings arrived just as shared indoor space became truly deadly. Though there’s now light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, these insights and guidelines for improving indoor air quality should play a huge role in post-pandemic reforms. —David Z. Morris, tech writer

Kings of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to Take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street by Jeff John Roberts

Kings of Crypto (by Fortune senior writer Jeff John Roberts) tells the story of a ragtag band of rebels who saw the future of finance before anyone else and who wrenched the revolution into their orbit. Reading this book is like sticking a stethoscoped ear to the vault containing the cryptocurrency industry’s origins. Click, click, click—and a wealth of secrets spills out. —Robert Hackett, senior writer

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Celebrity memoirs aren’t always known for their candor. But Jessica Simpson this year delivered a remarkable entry into the canon with her aptly named Open Book. The insightful, vulnerable memoir relies on two decades of Simpson’s journal entries, covering everything from her years as a pop star to her career pivot to head a $1 billion clothing brand. —Emma Hinchliffe, associate editor

Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future by James Shapiro

Literature professor James Shapiro unearths little-known but remarkably rich material on Shakespeare's reception in the United States—from the early 1800s to the present—to illustrate the ways in which Shakespeare has served as a sort of Rorschach test: Everyone, from Abraham Lincoln to John Wilkes Booth, sees what they want in the Bard. In the process they inadvertently reveal their inner selves and cleavages—racism, xenophobia, and class conflict—which remain all too familiar today. The stories are remarkable. —Erika Fry, senior writer

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

At this point in 2020, gathering with anyone outside your household (or for some of us, anyone at all) seems like a foreign concept. But author Priya Parker—also a strategic adviser who has worked on peace processes in the Middle East, southern Africa, and India—reminds us why meetings in real life are so important to both our work and personal lives. (It's no wonder that Zoom, among other work-from-home stocks, took an immediate dive upon news of the Pfizer vaccine efficacy.) In The Art of Gathering (Riverhead Books), Parker clearly lays out what makes meetings work (and what doesn't), offering guidance that will change every way you meet after the pandemic, from the boardroom to barbecues. —Rachel King, editor (Editor's note: This title was first released in 2018, but released in paperback in April 2020.)

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by André Leon Talley

If you're coming for a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada that simultaneously functions as a tell-all about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, you might actually be disappointed. André Leon Talley is rightfully the star of his own show in this incredibly vulnerable and acerbic memoir, recounting his childhood in the Jim Crow South to his Ivy League education to bouncing between the sidelines of catwalks in Paris and New York City while working at Women’s Wear Daily, W magazine, and, most famously, Vogue.

Talley repeatedly describes himself as the first most powerful Black man in fashion journalism, and it's hard to dispute that early in his career. Talley is also brutally honest not just about race and the fashion industry, but also his struggles with comprehending his sexuality and a lifelong battle with eating disorders. (This memoir is also one that would make for an enjoyable listen as Talley brings all of his personality to the audiobook narration in a way that few authors can manage to do successfully.) —Rachel King, editor

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Fans of Emily St. John Mandel's last novel, 2014's smash hit Station Eleven, have long been waiting for the Canadian author's next work. But while Station Eleven's post-pandemic plot might have seemed more fitting (if not downright eerie) for the miserable year that has been 2020, The Glass Hotel brings back dark memories of the the most recent recession of 2008 instead. Launching from the hotel bar (remember those?) of a quiet but upper-crust hotel in the calm mist of British Columbia—possibly as far removed (at least in mood and pace) from Manhattan as one can get—The Glass Hotel follows a cast of characters whose actions inevitably result in (sometimes dire, even lethal) consequences for people they know and people they don't. —Rachel King, editor

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

Horror in the 21st century is profoundly influenced by a tradition of "weird fiction" dating back to the early 20th century, including Algernon Blackwood’s incredibly unnerving 1907 novella The Willows. In The Hollow Places (Gallery/Saga Press), T. Kingfisher filters Blackwood’s excessively agile trees and other weird fiction touchstones through a style that’s unusually straightforward for the genre, making for a read that’ll go down easy...then haunt you for months. —David Z. Morris, tech writer

The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

American political culture is broken, but it hasn’t always been that way. James Addison Baker was the consummate master at actually getting things done in Washington. We need him back. —Alan Murray, president

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

This is the third and final book in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall fiction trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, who rose from obscurity to become a chief adviser to King Henry VIII and one of the most powerful men in England. This doorstop of a novel (it’s approximately 800 pages long) is worth reading for Mantel’s beautifully crafted prose, but also for the insightful lessons her telling of Cromwell’s rise and fall offers about power’s corrupting influence, and the thin line between glory and infamy. —Jeremy Kahn, senior writer

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larsen

At a time when fact and fiction have lost all clear distinction, it’s a pleasure to read a nonfiction book by an author who still knows what it means to stick to the facts, yet can tell a story with all the drama and character and excitement of a first-rate novel. —Alan Murray, president

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis

Fannie Davis possessed the kinds of skills that could have made her a top-notch executive: She was a savvy strategist, a meticulous planner, and a “people person” with the emotional intelligence to be stern or generous as the situation demanded. But as a black woman coming of age in the Jim Crow South and, later, in segregated Detroit, corporate avenues were closed to her—so she made her mark instead as a leading player in “the numbers,” the illegal, lottery-like gambling racket. In this memoir by Fannie’s daughter, novelist and filmmaker Bridgett Davis, Fannie emerges as a figure of incredible diligence and ingenuity—able to earn comfort and security for her family and become a financial pillar of her neighborhood, even while living under the threat of arrest and the shadows of the social upheavals of the 1960s and ’70s. —Matthew Heimer, senior editor

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump

No single book will ever be the definitive account of the Trump era, but this one—which barely mentions 21st-century politics—is as close as any. The firsthand account of rampant psychological and emotional abuse in the Trump clan doesn’t explain what’s happening in America, but it does explain, in a way that’s almost comforting, the manifest brokenness of the man who has become the avatar of that disquieting change. —David Z. Morris, tech writer

Want by Lynn Steger Strong

Want is a work of fiction, but it read to me like an examination of millennial economic anxiety and the myth of having it all. Our protagonist, Elizabeth, has a Ph.D., two kids, and serious financial struggles. Watching her attempts to balance her life and her aspirations was both vivid and heartbreaking—and very real for many women of Elizabeth’s generation. —Beth Kowitt, senior writer

What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era by Carlos Lozada

Reading 150 books about the Trump presidency is a punishment I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. But Carlos Lozada did just that—he’s the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, so at least he got paid for it—and his synthesis of those books is both an entertaining read and an urgent call to greater civic engagement. Lozada draws on authors from the left, right, and center as he creates a lucid, disturbing portrayal of the economic and cultural forces that Trump tapped into to fuel his political rise—forces that other leaders will probably continue to tap long after Trump has left office. —Matthew Heimer, senior editor

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