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AkooBooks Audio: Jena McGregor's Essential Summer Business Books

Seven essential business books chosen by Jena McGregor, Contributing writer On Leadership, The Washington Post.

The King of Content

Sumner Redstone's Battle for Viacom, CBS, and Everlasting Control of His Media Empire
By Keach Hagey
Narrated by Gabra Zackman /  10 hours 51 minutes

Sumner Murray Redstone, once feared as the “mad genius” of media who would dump his CEOs for mere wobbles in his companies’ stock price, had built one of the world’s greatest media empires through a series of audacious takeovers constructed to ensure that he always maintained control. Today he controls 80% of the voting shares of both Viacom and... Read More »



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The Ambition Decisions

What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life
By Hana Schank & Elizabeth Wallace
Narrated by Barbara Heller, Hana Schank & Elizabeth Wallace /  9 hours 15 minutes

"These are the 'know your value' conversations that we need to have. These women--their challenges, choices, and successes--are all of us." --Mika Brzezinski

Over the last sixty years, women's lives have transformed radically from generation to generation. Without a template to follow--a way to peek into the future to catch a glimpse of what... Read More »



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The Billionaire Raj

A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age
By James Crabtree
Narrated by Shridhar Solanki /  14 hours 41 minutes

A colorful and revealing portrait of the rise of India’s new billionaire class in a radically unequal society

India is the world’s largest democracy, with more than one billion people and an economy expanding faster than China’s. But the rewards of this growth have been far from evenly shared, and the country’s top 1% now own nearly 60% of its... Read More »



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Bad Blood

Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
By John Carreyrou
Narrated by Will Damron /  11 hours 36 minutes

A National Besteller

"Chilling…Reads like a West Coast version of All the President’s Men." —The New York Times Book Review

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure...
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Winners Take All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World
By Anand Giridharadas
Narrated by Anand Giridharadas / 

An insider's groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality... Read More »



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Publication Date: August 28, 2018


Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
By Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling & Anna R. Rosling
Narrated by Richard Harries /  8 hours 50 minutes

For fans of Freakonomics and Thinking, Fast and Slow, here is a book by Hans Rosling, the scientist called "a true inspiration" by Bill Gates, that teaches us how to see the world as it truly is. Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global... Read More »



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The Space Barons

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos
By Christian Davenport
Narrated by Will Collyer /  10 hours 58 minutes

The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier

The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program.... Read More »



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