Shockingly enough the holiday season is right around the corner.  For the finance and investment crowd books are a favorite gift. Over the past couple of days we have come across a number of articles and posts featuring book reviews.  We hope you find something of interest below:

The top business books of 2011 including Fatal Risk: A Cautionary Tale of AIG’s Corporate Suicide by Roddy Boyd. (Businessweek)

A 21 book reading list for the financial crisis.  (SSRN via MoneyScience)

[earlier] The FT Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year short list including Margaret Heffernan’s Willful Blindness: Why We Ignorethe Obvious at Our Peril.  (FT)

Another positive review for Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s Race Against The Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy.  (EconLog)

Liz Ann Sonders calls The American Phoenix: And Why China and Europe Will Struggle After the Coming Slump by Choyleva and Dumas a “must read.”  (Schwab)

Mike Mayo in his book Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst’s Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves looks at the conflict-riven business that is Wall Street research.  (WSJ)

Sylvia Nasar’s Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius is “imaginative and readable.”  (Economic Principals)

An interview with Nicholas Wapshott author of, Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics.  (Planet Money)

An extract from Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. (The Guardian)

FYI we have a number of these in our reading queue including the Boyd, Kahneman and Isaacson books.

[update]  Just saw this recommended reading list from Doug Kass.  (TheStreet)