Gift Ideas for Business People

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today’s gifts should please the (wannabe) CEOs and Legal Eagles near you, as they come from our Business/Economics and Law sections.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Business / Economics

Ebook available for The Virgin Way, Zero to One, Economics: A User’s Guide, Creating a Learning Society, Creativity, Inc., Capital in the Twenty-First Century, #GIRLBOSS, Talk Like TED, Sons of Wichita.

“The story about the invention, development, and consequences of the prison-like place where most of us work….” – ABC Amsterdam’s Business / Economics buyer Maarten on Cubed.

“Once again a how-to-become-a-billionaire-if-you-do-what-I-did book. Read his life story and follow his advice and become the next Richard Branson!” – Maarten on The Virgin Way.

“No, this book is not about my colleagues…  Instead, it’s a new and challenging interpretation and analysis of our recent economic history, and what to do to make things better-ish…” – Maarten on The End of Normal.

“Rational and practical, Zero to One, written by PayPay founder Peter Thiel, should be read not just by aspiring entrepreneurs but by anyone seeking a thoughtful alternative to the current pervasive gloom about the world’s prospects.” – ABC Facebook helmswoman Sigrid on Zero to One.

“Chang’s introduction to economics for active citizens is just what is needed in a not-too-overcrowded field of popular presentations of the ‘discipline’. It is for the most part easy to read, well -partitioned and comprehensive, and many times spot-on in its judgements.” – Sigrid on Economics: A User’s Guide.

“It has long been recognized that an improved standard of living results from advances in technology, not from the accumulation of capital. It has also become clear that what truly separates developed from less-developed countries is not just a gap in resources or output but a gap in knowledge. Thus, to understand how countries grow and develop, it is essential to know how they learn and become more productive and what governments can do to promote learning. Stiglitz was invited by the Dutch WRR for their annual speech. Not coincidentally the WRR presented the Dutch government with a report with a similar name a year ago.” – Sigrid on Creating a Learning Society.

“The French economist analyses a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality. He boiled down his research to the equation r>g that is now hotly debated amongst politicians, policy makers and economists.” – Sigrid on Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

“The third book by 99U, the blog, consulting service and annual conference that focuses on marketing for creatives that help them to push ideas forward. The other titles are Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential.” – Sigrid on Make Your Mark.

“There are some CEOs that can make running a company look ridiculously easy. Then there are some who can do it with, well, a certain je ne sais quoi. Sexiness is a subjective measure and it’s not just about looks. It’s also about success, power, ambition, charisma, altruism, fashion sense, and style. For women less interested in fashion, the new book by leadership coach Tara Mohr is packed with good advice for women with ambition.” – Sigrid on #GIRLBOSS.

“How two brothers, third-generation immigrants from Holland, became one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age. Little is publicly known about the family, how they make their money, and how they live their lives. Based on hundreds of interviews with friends, relatives, business associates, and many others, this is the first major biography about this wealthy and powerful family – warts and all.” – Sigrid on Sons of Wichita.


*The Law section can be found at ABC The Hague.

Ebook available for Winning Arguments, Orange is the New Black and The Idea of Justice.

“An introduction to rhetoric. This might change the way you listen to (and have) conversations…” – ABC The Hague’s Law buyer Jouke on Winning Arguments.

“The autobiography that sparked the hit TV-series.” – Jouke on Orange is the New Black.

“Let Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen enlighten you on the concept of social justice.” – Jouke on The Idea of Justice.