The 2010 Business Book Awards
Business Book of the Year
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson | Crown Business
This book created excitement around the office months before it was released, and the galley that we received before publication was passed around and beat up from use by the time the finished copies arrived. Our conclusion: if you are an aspiring business book author or publisher and want to know what a truly exceptional business book looks like, Rework is the example.
The authors, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, created and run a company called 37signals, supplier of the Highrise, Basecamp, and Backpack software (which we at 800-CEO-READ happen to use every day). 37Signals is not large; in fact, it is intentionally small.
Small, comfortable, and profitable. In contemporary, accessible and exciting prose, Fried and Hansson share business insights that our founder and president Jack Covert said took him forty years to learn. Wonderfully illustrated throughout by Mike Rohde, that wisdom comes in an appealing visual package.
But beyond being the best-conceived and designed book of the year, what we really appreciate about Rework is its pragmatic nature—its emphasis on the problem at hand. As the economy continues its recovery, it encourages people in business to rethink some basic assumptions, offering logical ideas and solutions that are instantly applicable to the solo entrepreneur, the team leader, or the company owner.