Recognizing and Promoting the World's Best Business Titles


Nearly 400 entries were received in this inaugural year of our contest; the largest categories in terms of participation were Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Success/Motivation, in that order. The big winners among publishers are Portfolio/Penguin with 5 medals; Wiley with 4; and Free Press and Bloomberg with 3 medals apiece.


1. CAREER (job search, career advancement)

Gold (tie): Double Outsiders: How Women of Color Can Succeed in Corporate America, by Jessica Faye Carter, J.D., MBA (Jist Works)

No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide, by Nicholas Aretakis (Next Stage Press)

Silver: Get Ahead by Going Abroad: A Woman’s Guide to Fast-track Career Success, by C. Perry Yeatman & Stacie Nevadomski Berdan (HarperCollins)

Bronze: When Your Parents Sign the Paychecks: Finding Career Success Inside or Outside the Family Business, by Greg McCann (Jist Works)

2. SALES (sales skills, negotiating, closing) 

Gold: Think Like a CEO, by Mark Kuta, Jr. (Flow Publishing)

Silver: Trust-Based Selling, by Charles H. Green (McGraw-Hill)

Bronze: The Entrepreneurial Conversation, by Edward G. Rogoff & Michael Corbett with Perry-Lynn Moffitt (Pinnacle Books)


Gold: Conscious Business: How To Build Value Through Values, by Fred Kofman (Sounds True)

Silver: Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls, by Noel M. Tichy and Warren G. Bennis (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Bronze (tie): Leaders’ Playbook, by Reldan S. Nadler, Psy.D. (Psyccess Press)

Traction: Get a Grip On Your Business, by Gino Wickman (Entrepreneurial Operating System)

Surrounded by Geniuses, by Dr. Alan S. Gregerman (Sourcebooks)

Creating WE: Change I-Thinking to We-Thinking & Build a Healthy Thriving Organization, by Judith E. Glaser (Platinum Press)


Gold: Perform at Your Best: Acting Techniques for Business, Personal & Social Success, by Jane Marla Robbins (Plain White Press)

Silver: Talk To Me, by Dr. Dennis O’Grady (New Insights Communications)

Bronze: Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace, by Dennis S. Reina, Ph.D. and Michelle L. Reina, Ph.D. (Berrett Koehler)


Gold: The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse, by Marianne M. Jennings, J.D. (St. Martins Press)

Silver: Branded!: How the Certification Revolution is Transforming Global Corporations, by Michael E. Conroy (New Society Press)

Bronze (tie): The Truth About Trust in Business, by Vanessa Hall (Entente)

Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, by Hazel Henderson with Simran Sethi (Chelsea Green)


Gold: A Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development, by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD (Authenticity Consulting LLC)

Silver: The Power of Paradox, by H. Evan Woodhead (Hasley Enterprises)

Bronze (tie): Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman (Entrepreneurial Operating System)

The Halo Effect, by Phil Rosenzweig (Free Press)


Gold: Achieve Brand Integrity: Ten Truths You Must Know to Enhance Employee Performance and Increase Company Profits, by Gregg Lederman (B@W Press)

Silver: Growing Great Employees, by Erika Andersen (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Bronze (tie): The Retailer’s Roadmap to Success, by Andy Buyting (GVP Publishing)

HR Excellence, by Scott Weston (Excellence Media)


Gold: From Edison to iPod: Protect Your Ideas and Make Money, by Frederick Mostert & Lawrence E. Apolzon (Dorling Kindersley Ltd.)

Silver: Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons, by Seymour Schulich with Derek DeCloet (Key Porter Books)

Bronze (tie): My Painting is Done, Now What Do I Do?, by Suzie Seerey-Lester (Mermaid Press)

Running a Bar for Dummies, by Ray Foley and Heather Dismore (Wiley Publishing)


Gold: Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Non-Profits, by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, by Allison H. Fine (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Migrating from Innovation to Entrepreneurship: How Non-Profits are Moving toward Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency, by Jerr Boschee (Encore! Press)


Gold: Basic Accounting Concepts, Principles, and Procedures: Volume 1, Building the Conceptual Foundation, by Gregory R. Mostyn (Worthy & James Publishing)

Silver: Basic Accounting Concepts, Principles, and Procedures: Volume 2, Applying Principles and Procedures, by Gregory R. Mostyn (Worthy & James Publishing)

Bronze: International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns, by Paula N. Singer, Esq. (Windstar Publishing)

11. ECONOMICS (micro, macro, global finance) 

Gold: The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of World-Class Companies Is Overtaking the World, by Antoine van Agtmael (Free Press)

Silver: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Bronze: The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, by Mark Anielski (New Society Publishers)

12. PERSONAL FINANCE (estate planning, debt management) 

Gold: The Lies About Money, by Ric Edelman (Free Press)

Silver: Life is Short, Art is Long, by Michael Mendelsohn with Paige Stover Hague, Esq. (Wealth Management Press)

Bronze: The Quiet Millionaire: A Guide for Accumulating and Keeping Your Wealth, by Brett Wilder (FMG Publishing)

13. INVESTING (stocks, bonds, hedge funds, options, futures) 

Gold: Polar Perspectives, by David Bensimon (Polar Pacific)

Silver: Bonds: The Unbeaten Path to Secure Investment Growth, by Hildy Richelson & Stan Richelson (Bloomberg)

Bronze: The Options Playbook, by Brian Overby (TradeKing)


Gold: Practicing Financial Planning for Professionals, by Sid Mittra and Anandi P. Sahu with Robert A. Crane (Rochester Hills Publishing/, Inc.) 

Silver: Retirement Income Redesigned: Master Plans for Distribution, edited by Harold Evensky & Deena B. Katz (Bloomberg)

Bronze: The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate, by Sandy Baker (Atlantic Publishing)


Gold: Mentor: The Kid & the CEO, by Tom Pace with Walter Jenkins (MentorHope Publishing)

Silver: Motivator Teacher Shrink: How to Attract and Develop Highly Successful Salespeople, by Bob Teichart (Motes Publishing)

Bronze: The ABC’s of Leadership, by Douglas R. Bender 


Gold: The Dip: A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick), by Seth Godin (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Silver: The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World, by Vince Poscente (Bard Press)

Bronze (tie): Lasting Contribution: How to Think, Plan, and Act to Accomplish Meaningful Work, by Tad Waddington (B2 Books/Agate)

Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny, by Suze Orman (Spiegel & Grau)


Gold (tie): Beyond Buzz: The Next Generation of Word-of-Mouth Marketing, by Lois Kelly (Amacom)

Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking, by Andy Sernovitz (Kaplan Publishing)

Silver (tie): Press Releases Are Not a PR Strategy: An Executive’s Guide to Public Relations, by Linda B. VandeVrede (VandeVrede Public Relations)

Now Is Gone, by Geoff Livingston with Brian Solis (Bartleby Press)

Bronze: The Science of Spiritual Marketing: Initiation Into Magnetism, by Andrea Adler (Prasad Publishing)

18. BRANDING (corporate history, anniversary, promo) 

Gold: Timber Frames: Designing Your Custom Home, by Jeremy Bonin with Rebecca Sandiford (The Heliconia Press)

Silver: Responsible to the Earth: The Remarkable History of the Port Blakely Companies, by Ross Yockey & L. Beth Yockey (Abecedary Press)

Bronze: A Legacy of Trust: The Story of FCCI, by E.L. Wilks (Legacies & Memories)


Gold: The Writer Within You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing In Your Retirement Years, by Charles Jacobs (Caros Books)

Silver: Bankable Business Plans (2nd Edition), by Edward G. Rogoff (Rowhouse Publishing)

Bronze: Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career, by Karen Steede Terry (CMS Press)

20. REAL ESTATE (buying, investing, management) 

Gold: Foreclosure Investing for Dummies, by Ralph R. Roberts with Joe Kraynak (Wiley Publishing)

Silver: Flipping Confidential: The Secrets of Renovating Property for Profit in Any Market, by Kirsten Kemp (Wiley Publishing)

Bronze: Lawyers Are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets!, by Mark J. Kohler (Life’s Plan Publishing)

21. BUSINESS REFERENCE (legal, how-to) 

Gold: International Petroleum Encyclopedia 2007, edited by Joseph Hilyard (PennWell)

Silver: The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook, by Douglas Robert Brown (Atlantic Publishing)

Bronze: Reverse Mergers: Taking a Company Public Without an IPO, by David N. Feldman (Bloomberg)


Gold: The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, by Julia Flynn Siler (Gotham Books/Penguin Group)

Silver: Small Town Showdown, by Eileen Umbehr (Xulon Press)

Bronze: Northern Tigers: Building Ethical Canadian Corporate Champions, by Dick Haskayne with Paul Grescoe (Key Porter Books)


Gold: Sell the Feeling: The 6-Step System that Drives People to Do Business with You, by Larry Pinci & Phil Glosserman (Mindworks Media)

Silver: The Dream Manager, by Matthew Kelly (Hyperion)

Bronze (tie): Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done – Now!, by Jones Loflin and Todd Musig (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Ask Dr. Mac: Take the Journey to Authentic Leadership, by Greg Giesen (GGA Inc. Publishers)


Gold: The Culture of Collaboration: Maximizing Time, Talent and Tools to Create Value in the Global Economy, by Evan Rosen (Red Ape Publishing)

Silver: World Inc.: Businesses Are Now More Powerful than Government, by Bruce Piasecki (Sourcebooks) 

Bronze: Doing Business in China for Dummies, by Robert Collins, MBA and Carson Block, Esq. (Wiley Publishing)


Gold: Flash CS3 Professional with Rich Shupe, by Rich Shupe (

Silver: Fundamentals of Performance Engineering: You can’t spell firefighter without IT, by Keith Smith and Bob Wescott (HyPerformix Press)

Bronze: Big Bim, Little Bim: The Practical Approach to Building Information Modeling, by Finith Jernigan (4Site Press)