Atul Gawande of business writing
February 16, 2011 3:04 PM   Subscribe

Is there an Atul Gawande of business writing? Recommend some good business writers!
posted by shotgunbooty to Writing & Language (10 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Michael Lewis
posted by cnanderson at 3:08 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Seconding Michael Lewis.
posted by vidur at 3:20 PM on February 16, 2011

He's not particularly my cup o' tea, but Seth Godin has a following.
posted by paulsc at 3:22 PM on February 16, 2011

I'm partial to Felix Salmon as well as Lewis. John Steele Gordon is an economic historian whose books I've enjoyed, even if I don't always agree with him on everything.
posted by KingEdRa at 4:30 PM on February 16, 2011

I enjoyed When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein about the fall of Long-Term Capital Management.
posted by Ladysin at 6:50 PM on February 16, 2011

Thirding Michael Lewis.
posted by pmurray63 at 8:18 PM on February 16, 2011

I'm a sucker for business "novels" which dramatize the authors' dry business theories. My favorites are Patrick Lencioni (particularly Death by Meeting and Three Signs of a Miserable Job), Eliyahu Goldratt (The Goal and Critical Chain), Jeff Cox (The Venture). Gawande makes his material accessible for a general audience by relying on anecdotes. The business novelists are aiming at businessmen, not a general audience, and using fiction rather than anecdotes, but the effect is similar - though I wouldn't hold any of them up as stellar writers.

Also, fourthing Michael Lewis, who definitely can write.
posted by zanni at 3:00 AM on February 17, 2011

On the management end of things, the "Rands In Repose" blog ( is very good. He has a book, too.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:50 AM on February 17, 2011

Lewis is good, but he showed a little too much willingness to indulge in the bullshit of his hosts and guides in Iceland and Ireland for those VF. Elves and fairies, indeed.

I forgot the name until today: David Cay Johnston.
posted by holgate at 2:58 PM on February 17, 2011

Guy Kawasaki - particularly Rules for Revolutionaries.
posted by MuffinMan at 6:49 AM on February 19, 2011

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