The 14 elegant paperbacks in the Crisp "Best Management Practices" series offer clear, well-written thumbnail sketches of popular business topics ranging from innovation to employee recognition to economic forecasting--each written by an expert. At less than 100 pages each, the $12.95 volumes won't leave you with in-depth knowledge, but they're easy to toss in a briefcase for reading on the go. Crisp Publications, 415 323-6100.

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