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The 5 New Business Books You Must Read This Year

Start the year off right with some help from Simon Sinek and Arianna Huffington.

Whether you’re eager to beef up your network or looking to make a lifestyle change, 2014 will be chock full of books to help you accomplish your goal. Here's a look at what’s in store: 

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Hits stores: January 7
The pitch: The popular TED speaker explains why great leaders aren’t born and how they evolve. 
Selling point: Known for drawing parallels between life in the army and the C-suite, Sinek provides insights on how to make sacrifices for the benefit of the team.

Quick and Nimble by Adam Bryant
Hits stores: January 7
The pitch: Hundreds of CEOs detail how they built a corporate culture that supports innovation.
Selling point: The New York Times Corner Office columnist knows how to draw practical tips from his subjects, so the book promises to make readers more agile.

Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline Arnold
Hits stores: January 16
The pitch: Self-help for people who want to save more, eat less, and get organized, but struggle with all three.
Selling point: Using examples from Wall Street, Arnold explains how willpower and the latest "habit science" can make even the most unrealistic achievements feel possible.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
Hits Stores: March 25
The pitch: The queen of clicks steers readers away from greedy pursuits and toward a moral path of fulfillment, health, and well-being.
Selling point: In a commencement address last year, The Huffington Post co-founder likened the quest for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. There needs to be a third metric, a new way of defining success, she said. That image stuck with people and may become this year’s motto for better work-life balance.

Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Hits stores: May 13
The pitch: Who wouldn’t want to know how the minds behind Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics come up with those ideas? 

Selling point: Billed as a "must-have handbook for decision-making," Levitt and Dubner promise to serve up a bevy of unusual insights that help readers make sense of their world. 

Last updated: Jan 6, 2014

JILL KRASNY | Staff Writer

Jill Krasny is a staff writer for Inc. magazine, where she covers the intersection of entertainment and startups. Prior to Inc., she was a writer for MTV and Esquire and an editor at TheStreet. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in communication. She lives in New York City.

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