By Sam McNerney
July 30, 2014

Fortune.com selects the most compelling short essays, anecdotes, and author interviews from “250 Words,” a site developed by Simon & Schuster to explore the best new business books—wherever they may be published.

Dozens of excellent non-fiction books came out in the first half of 2014. To save you some time, 250 Words picked some of the best releases and shortened them—a lot. What follows is the year’s best in business thinking (or at least a little bit of it) in one paragraph.

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