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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

“Along with Letter from Birmingham City Jail by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Fire Next Time is a piece of writing that I try to reread every year. I come back to it not only for the beauty of Baldwin’s writing but because it grounds me both in the brutal facts of life in America and in what it will take for us to achieve liberation. You read it, and you want to do something.”

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter by Charlton D. McIlwain

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Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

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Fast Times: How digital winners set direction, learn, and adapt

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Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

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Acknowledgments

It takes a village to curate amazing lists from this rather busy group of leaders from all over the world. We would like to thank Nikhil Deogun, Mitra S. Kalita, Gabriella Stern, Rebecca Lowell Edwards, Steve Lipin, Sara Blask, Karen Wickre, Ailish Campbell, Anya Schiffrin, Tom Weber, Shernaz Daver, Jose Zamora, and Judi Mackey for their help.

Within McKinsey Global Publishing, Mike Borruso, Heather Byer, Philip Mathew, Louis Vizzi, Dan Redding, and Torea Frey were instrumental in making this year’s list come alive.

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