Suzanne Nossel

CEO, PEN America and author, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All (HarperCollins, July 2020)
Suzanne Nosel
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She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement, Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey

“I just finished Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey’s She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement about their investigation into the sexual abuse committed by Harvey Weinstein. It was a riveting account of gumshoe reporting and did not shy away from reflecting on some of the ambiguities of the #metoo movement.

I am looking forward to Zadie Smith’s new book of essays written during the pandemic, Intimations. While her prolificity under lockdown puts the rest of us to shame, I am grateful someone is ready to help us make sense of all of this.

I am reading John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened. I disagree with Bolton about nearly every aspect of US foreign policy, but as a former State Department official, I always enjoy an insider account of how decisions were made and what was on everyone’s mind.”

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

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

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

Winning in the digital age requires both lightning speed and thoughtful deliberation. Companies able to master this paradox are emerging as today's winners. Those that can't will be sold for parts.

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

– The new book on how to beat the odds with a bold strategy


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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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