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New Nonfiction Books December 2016

Better late than never, here are the best new nonfiction books that came out in December 2016.

12/5/16

The Sustainability Edge: How to Drive Top-Line Growth with Triple-Bottom-Line Thinking – Suhas Apte & Jagdish, N. Sheth
How to graft sustainability into your company’s DNA.

12/6/16

The Undoing Project – Michael Lewis
How psychologist Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky came to redefine human decision-making theory and forged a friendship.

Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss
Ferriss took the best (routines, ideas, tactics) of the best (leaders, athletes, high-performers in various fields) and created his own Cliff Notes of success pulled from over 200 episodes of his hugely popular podcast.

The Wood for the Trees – Richard Fortey
Imagine four acres in England as a universe unto itself. Fortey takes us there month by month as the seasons change and examines its beauty and history so we might understand the world around us a little better.

The Feud – Alex Beam
Men of letters fight with their words and their pens. This fight between Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov was the Thrilla in Manila of the salon set.

Published – Chandler Bolt
Get help overcoming your roadblocks to writing and publishing the book of your dreams with the help of someone who has been there and done that.

Your One Word – Evan Carmichael
Find your passion, find your purpose and find your motto – your one word – with Carmichael’s help in this inspiring guide to success.

The Rise of Athens – Anthony Everitt
How a relatively small city-state in Greece influenced people, countries and empires for thousands of years after its founding.

Relentless Spirit – Missy Franklin, D.A. Franklin & Dick Franklin
The story of six-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin rise to dominance in her sport and how her parents and her built a successful life both inside and outside the pool.

Mincemeat – Leonardo Lucarelli
The travels and travails of the characters in the kitchens of Italy’s best restaurants who bring passion to every meal and inhabit a world we didn’t know until now.

Against Empathy – Paul Bloom
Could empathy of all human virtues be the motivation behind immorality and inequality in society? Bloom makes his compelling case in his latest book.

Other Minds – Peter Godfrey-Smith
Raiding neighbors for food, plugging drains and making daring escapes; what any prisoner could do, right? What if that prisoner was an octopus? Godfrey-Smith takes us on journey to explore how this “intelligent alien” evolved.

The French Revolution – Ian Davidson
You’ve heard of the French Revolution. Maybe you’ve studied it. Now learn what it means today and how it played out then in its complicated and fascinating ways.

An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar – Randal Rauser & Justin Schieber
And they talk about God without all the baggage most conversations like this eventually get loaded down with.

The Way of the Writer – Charles Johnson
Want to be a better writer? Johnson’s new book can help.

The Reporter Who Knew Too Much – Mark Shaw
Was reporter Dorothy Kilgallen killed because of her JFK assassination book? Shaws aims to give Kilgallen the justice she never saw.

George Lucas – Brian Jay Jones
This book you must read my young padawan.

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine – Sarah Lohman
A biography of eight flavors that have come to define American food.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars – Dava Sobel
The forgotten discoveries and advances that the women of the Harvard Observatory made in astronomy.

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future – Joi Ito & Jeff Howe
How to deal with a technological future that is already here.

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
How doing less can help you achieve more in life.

Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart – Sheryl O’Loughlin
How to be an entrepreneur without losing meaning in your life.

The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream – Amy Webb
Finding trends that will affect you and your business in a comprehensive and repeatable way.

12/9/16

Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution – Jack Zenger & Joseph Folkman
Executing faster to not only get more done but to get the right things done and maximize your leadership potential.

12/20/17

Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains – Sam Weinman
How failure can be feedback and the stories and science to back up that claim from sports journalist Weinman.

12/27/16

The Case Against Sugar – Gary Taubes
A compelling argument on the dangers of sugar and the bleak future we all face if we don’t do something about it.

Wake Up to the Joy of You – Agapi Stassinopoulos
Make 2017 the year you discover your true self and overcome your “conflict” areas. Hey, it works for some people, so it made the list.

If Our Bodies Could Talk – James Hamblin
Asking and answering the common questions we have about health, diet, sleep and aging, Hamblin has written an owner’s manual for our bodies. I can’t wait to read this one going into the new year.

Books for Living – Will Schwalbe
Join Schwalbe as he recounts the varied list of books that have helped him find his place in the modern world and answered the tough questions he encountered in his life.

Now or Never: Your Epic Life in 5 Steps – Alexi Panos & Preston Smiles
Overcome your biggest obstacles and live your best life with Panos and Smiles as your self-help sherpas.

Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace – Christine Porath
How being civil at work can improve everything from the factory line to the bottom line.

Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight
Some tough love to help you get some sh*t done at home and at work.


There you have it, the best new nonfiction books that dropped in December 2016. Hopefully you saw a few that piqued your interest and you will investigate further.

Just remember, the right nonfiction book at the right time can make all the difference.

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