Free Agent Nation: How America’s New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We Live
By Daniel Pink, Warner Business Books, $24.95

Ex-speechwriter Daniel Pink spent a year on the road, talking to American micro-business owners, independ-ent professionals, and freelancers of all sorts. His mission: to find out how many there are, what they’re like, how they fund their businesses and balance their lives, and how other business owners can best make use of them. The result is probably the most thoroughly researched, engagingly written examination of the self-employed phenomenon to date. Pink’s conclusion — that only huge corporations and tiny independents will exist before long — is less certain. But the land of the free agent he describes is one well worth living in.

Be Quick But Don’t Hurry: Finding Success in the Teachings of a Lifetime
By Andrew Hill with John Wooden, Simon & Schuster, $20

A former UCLA basketball player translates, for business readers, legendary coach John Wooden’s techniques for assembling talent, motivating people, preparing for big events, and more.

Profit from the Core: Growth Strategy In An Era of Turbulence
By Chris Zook with James Allen, Harvard Business School Press, $27.50

Two strategy experts from renowned consulting firm Bain & Company say businesses can best achieve growth not by chasing the next new thing, but by concentrating on a single core business.