Christmas is getting closer, and someone is problemably bugging you, asking what you want, when you don't really know. So to help you out, here is a list of ten business books that I would recommend. How did I pick them? These books had to meet several requirements.
1. I enjoyed the book.
2. I underlined a lot of stuff in the book, and wrote lots of questions/notes/ideas in the margins.
3. I have picked up the book several times since I initially read it, to look something up, get an idea, or maybe just read it again.
So these aren't necessarily the best business books, the most useful to you, or anything like that. They are simply ten business books that I have gotten a lot out of. So here they are, in no particular order.
1.Fooled by Randomness – Chance plays a bigger role than you think.
2.It's Not What You Say, It's What You Do – Talk is easy, this book will help you execute and get things done.
3.Marketing Playbook – A great collection of one-page marketing plays.
4.Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – Execution is tough, so here is a second book to help you out.
5.The Essays of Warren Buffett – Get some insights into the mind of Buffett.
6.Starting Something – A fascinating true story about a startup, an IPO, and an entrepreneur that watched $200 million vanish.
7.Management by Baseball – Great parallels between sport and business.
8.Re-Imagine – A wild book just to look at, let alone read.
9.The Essential Drucker – The best stuff from the great management thinker.
10.You Need to Be a Little Crazy – I read lots of books about entrepreneurship, but this is the first one I read that tells the truth. It can be hard, it can ruin your finances, your marriage, your health… but at the same time it can be an amazing, awesome, and addictive experience.
Now, you may be concerned that nothing on that list really fits what you want, in that case I have added five bonus books that I would recomend for specific situations.
If you like economics, check out Naked Economics.
If you like business history, Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk is a must-read.
If you are want a great female perspective on business try Naked in the Boardroom.
If small business is your thing, Six Disciplines for Excellence is, well, excellent.
If you want to read something I wrote, buy a copy of Morespace.