5 must-read business books

The past year has yielded a trove of insightful business books. These are the most important.

.  Turn data into an asset

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The primary job of a leader is prediction -- whether it's figuring out if your customers are ready to ditch you or knowing when your trucks will break down. Fortunately, this has gotten easier now that even small companies can crunch vast amounts of data inexpensively. Big Data, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, will help you turn information into a powerful asset without getting lost in trying to understand every nugget.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 31 2013 07:07 AM ET
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