The 2018 Non-Obvious Book Awards Winners:

  1. Non-Obvious Book Award: Most Entertaining Book of 2018 – The Formula by Albert-László Barabási
  2. Non-Obvious Book Award: Most Important Book of 2018 – Bullshit Jobs by David Greaeber
  3. Non-Obvious Book Award: Most Useful Book of 2018 – Factfulness by Hans Rosling
  4. Non-Obvious Book Award: Most Original Book of 2018 – Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
  5. Non-Obvious Book Award: Most Shareable Book of 2018 – Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino

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The 2018 Non-Obvious Book Award Longlist:

  1. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
  2. AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
  3. Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation by Dan Schawbel
  4. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  5. Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life by Radha Agrawal
  6. Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times by Mark Leibovich
  7. Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor
  8. Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang
  9. Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday
  10. Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart by Shane Snow
  11. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
  12. Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need by Todd Henry
  13. How to Wash a Chicken: Mastering the Business Presentation by Tim Calkins
  14. Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change by Beth Comstock
  15. In Praise of Wasting Time (TED Books) by Alan Lightman
  16. Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
  17. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us by Dan Lyons
  18. Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs by Nathalie Molina Nino and Sara Grace
  19. Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin
  20. Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) by Kat Holmes and John Maeda
  21. New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World–and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
  22. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord
  23. Story Driven: You Don’t Need To Compete When You Know Who You Are by Bernadette Jiwa
  24. The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age by James Crabtree
  25. The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead by Warren Berger
  26. The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors that Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders by Elena Botelho and Kim Powell
  27. The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen Gannett
  28. The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age by Tim Wu
  29. The Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics by Bradley Tusk
  30. The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture by Scott Belsky
  31. The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate by Fran Hauser
  32. The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre
  33. This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin
  34. Unsafe Thinking: How to be Nimble and Bold When You Need It Most by Jonah Sachs
  35. Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder by Chip Conley