Our 2018 reading list features suggestions from a diverse group of BCGers in addition to our most popular BCG publications. We hope that, whether you’re a CEO or a student, you will find something to enjoy.
Sapiens is a fascinating, big-picture view of the entire history of the human race. In an attempt to explain what has made human beings the most dominant species on the planet today, the author examines factors as diverse as cognition, agriculture, and the scientific revolution. Using perspectives from history, sociology, psychology, and biology, this book is a thought-provoking read. I’ve recommended it to everyone I know!
Aparna Venkatesh | Summer Consultant
I picked up Freakonomics because I feel like it changed the landscape of economics, making it more accessible for the average citizen—much the way Neil deGrasse Tyson did for astrophysics. I really admire experts who can communicate technical concepts so they resonate with a lay audience.
Hope Connolly | Summer Consultant
The Lean Startup offers a deep understanding of how you can test your business or product idea without wasting a ton of time and money.
Justine Gillette | Summer Consultant
Khaled Hosseini is my favorite author. I read his first book, The Kite Runner, as an assignment before my freshman year of college, and I’ve enjoyed his other books as well. Although the content may be sobering at times, I love the way he tells a story; it really pulls me in.
Ebony Carroll | Summer Consultant
This is one of those books you can’t stop thinking about long after you finish reading it. The traumatic tale of friendship among Jude, JB, Malcom, and Willem is equal parts tragic and inspiring.
Joel Samaha | Summer Consultant
Alec Ross gives an overview of technological innovations that are redefining how people, societies, and businesses around the globe operate. Technology is no longer exclusively the domain of scientists and engineers; it is increasingly more important for leaders of every industry and region to understand the implications of technologies and the opportunities they create. In the midst of rapidly evolving technologies, the book reminds us of why we all must become technologists to stay relevant.
David Kim | Summer Consultant