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Recommended Books

Bookshops and the web are packed full of useful resources to continue your foreign culture and language learning, or to gain some insight prior to taking one of our courses.

Some of the best we and our training team have found over the years are listed below and we can strongly recommend any of them

Books on countries and cultures

  • American Ways, A Cultural Guide to the United States, Gary Althen, Janet Bennett
  • Americans at Work, A Guide to the Can-Do People, Craig Storti
  • Among the Iranians, A Guide to Iran's Culture and Customs. Sofia A. Koutlaki
  • Au Contraire! 2nd ed. Figuring Out the French, Gilles Asselin, Ruth Mastron
  • The Chinese Business Puzzle: How to Work More Effectively with Chinese Cultures (Working With Other Cultures): Andrew Williamson (consultant to Babel) 
  • Exploring the Greek Mosaic, A Guide to Intercultural Communication in Greece, Benjamin J. Broome
  • Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf, Richard D. Lewis, 
  • From Nyet to Da, Understanding the New Russia, Yale Richmond
  • Germany, Unraveling An Enigma, Greg Nees
  • The Japanese Mind Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture: Osamu Ikeno & Roger Davies
  • Learning to Think Korean, A Guide to Living and Working in Korea, L. Robert Kohls
  • The Middle East Unveiled: A cultural and practical guide for all Western business professionals: Donna Marsh (consultant to Babel)
  • Modern Day Vikings, A Practical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes, Christina Johansson Robinowitz, Lisa Werner Carr
  • Spain Is Different, Helen Wattley-Ames
  • Speaking of India, Bridging the Communication Gap When Working with Indians, Craig Storti
  • Swiss Watching, Inside Europe's Landlocked Island, Diccon Bewes
  • Vietnam Today, A Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads, Mark A. Ashwill, Thai Ngoc Diep
  • With Respect to the Japanese, Going to Work in Japan, John C. Condon, Tomoko Masumoto

Books on team and executive development

  • Beyond Culture: Edward T. Hall
  • Breaking Through Culture Shock: What You Need to Succeed in International Business Elisabeth Marx 
  • Building Cross-cultural Competence: How to Create Wealth from Conflicting Values - Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars 
  • Communicating Across Cultures: Stella Ting-Toomey 
  • Cross-Cultural Team Building: Mel Berger 
  • Cultures and Organizations: Geert Hofstede
  • Exploring Management Across the World: D. Hickson 
  • International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour: Nancy J. Adler 
  • Management Worldwide: D. Hickson & D. Pugh
  • Managing Across Cultures: Schneider & Barsoux 
  • Managing Cultural Differences: Lisa Hoecklin
  • Mind Your Manners – Managing Business Cultures In Europe: John Mole
  • Riding the Waves of Culture: Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars 
  • Understanding Cultural Differences: Edward T.Hall & Mildred Reed Hall
  • When Cultures Collide – Managing Successfully Across Cultures: Richard D. Lewis

We update this list regularly, and often our language teachers and foreign culture consultants will supply you with recommended reading lists of their own directly relevant to your training course. If there is a particular subject you would like to learn more about, contact our team to ask for suggestions and recommendations at any time.