Since 2007, the Porchlight Business Book Awards have recognized the best books in the business genre every year, and all the people who help bring them to life. While books chosen by Porchlight are not always what most would consider a traditional business book, they are the books believed to be the most important for businesses to consider.
This year, Johann Hari’s Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention—And How to Think Deeply Again was named Business Book of the Year.
Through extensive research and discussions with both experts on attention and those who have contributed to its decline, Hari establishes and unpacks what he views as the forces thwarting our capacity for focus. Rather than treating the inability to simply put down the damn phone and stay on track as a personal failing, Hari shows us in meticulous detail the extent to which this endemic condition is brought on by deliberate, cynical measures—measures taken for the sole purpose of corporate profit. As Hari says, “It’s by design. Your distraction is [Big Tech’s] fuel.”
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