Best Business Books

Best Business Books

Looking for good business books? This is my list of the best business books of all-time. If you only have time to read one or two books, I recommend looking at the Top 10 Business Books section below.

Further down the page, you'll find more business book recommendations. Many of these books are fantastic as well. I try to carefully curate all of my reading lists and you can be sure that any business book on this page is worth your time. Click the links below to jump to a specific category or scroll down to browse them all.

  1. Top 10 Business Books
  2. Best Business Biographies
  3. Best Decision-Making Books
  4. Best Entrepreneurship Books
  5. Best Finance Books
  6. Best Leadership Books
  7. Best Management Books
  8. Best Marketing Books
  9. Best Productivity Books
  10. Best Sales Books
  11. Best Strategy Books
  12. Best Success Books

The Top 10 Business Books

Not sure where to start? These top business books are essential reading.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert Cialdini
Print | eBook


The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
by Michael Gerber
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Fooled by Randomness
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Randomness, chance, and luck influence our lives and our work more than we realize. Because of hindsight bias and survivorship bias, in particular, we tend to forget the many who fail, remember the few who succeed, and then create reasons and patterns for their success even though it was largely random. Mild success can be explainable by skills and hard work, but wild success is usually attributable to variance and luck.

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Breakthrough Advertising
by Eugene Schwartz
Print


Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!
by Greg Crabtree
Print | eBook


How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The Power of Full Engagement
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Business Adventures
by John Brooks
Print | eBook | Audiobook


What Got You Here Won't Get You There
by Marshall Goldsmith
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Behavioral problems, not technical skills, are what separate the great from the near great. Incredible results can come from practicing basic behaviors like saying thank you, listening well, thinking before you speak, and apologizing for your mistakes. The first step to change is wanting to change.

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Best Business Biographies

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
by Ron Chernow
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie
by Andrew Carnegie
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
by Michael Lewis
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Not Fade Away
by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton
Print

The Book in Three Sentences: It is more important to live fully than to live in a straight line. The surest gauge of the impact a life makes is how many other lives it touches. Nothing in life looks the same once you truly understand that you are not exempt from death.

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Bossy Pants
by Tina Fey
Print | Audiobook


Looking for more great biographies? Browse my full list of the best biographies and memoirs.

Best Decision-Making Books

Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
by Charles T. Munger
Print


Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger
by Peter Bevelin
Print


Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
Print | eBook


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert Cialdini
Print | eBook


Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Market
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Randomness, chance, and luck influence our lives and our work more than we realize. Because of hindsight bias and survivorship bias, in particular, we tend to forget the many who fail, remember the few who succeed, and then create reasons and patterns for their success even though it was largely random. Mild success can be explainable by skills and hard work, but wild success is usually attributable to variance and luck.

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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
by Richard Thaler
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
by Nir Eyal
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The Power of Fifty Bits
by Bob Nease
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: The human brain is wired for inattention and inertia. As a result, many people already have good intentions, but don’t follow through due to forgetfulness, procrastination, or a general lack of awareness. We can bridge the gap between our intentions and our behavior by using strategies to lock in our future behavior like active choice, pre-commitment, good design, reframing, and simplicity.

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Want more good books on psychology? Browse my full list of the best psychology books.

Best Entrepreneurship Books

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
by Michael Gerber
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime.
by MJ DeMarco
Print | eBook


Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
by Hugh MacLeod
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Nobody knows the best way to deliver your unique idea, no matter how smart they seem. Every artist has to find a way to make a living and share their work, preferably in a way that doesn’t ruin both. Finding your own voice and sharing that voice with the world is the most important thing.

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Best Finance Books

The Art of Profitability
by Adrian Slywotzky
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: There are many ways to make profit and it is unlikely that your business does all of them. People will pay different prices for the same thing in different situations (think: Coke in the grocery store vs. Coke in a nice restaurant). Good profit models are easy to brainstorm and hard to execute.

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Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential
by Greg Crabtree
Print | eBook


Best Leadership Books

What Got You Here Won't Get You There
by Marshall Goldsmith
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Behavioral problems, not technical skills, are what separate the great from the near great. Incredible results can come from practicing basic behaviors like saying thank you, listening well, thinking before you speak, and apologizing for your mistakes. The first step to change is wanting to change.

Read the full book summary »


Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization
by John Wooden
Print | eBook


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
by Seth Godin
Print | eBook | Audiobook


How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Best Management Books

First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Print | eBook


The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management
by Peter Drucker
Print | eBook


The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
by Eliyahu Goldratt
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Doing work and making money are not the same thing. Simplify your problem to the point where you understand the true goal of your organization. With your goal in mind, identify the constraints within your system (i.e. bottlenecks) and focus on improving the output of that constraint without worrying about the productivity of all related processes.

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Best Marketing Books

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!
by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Diet
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Best Productivity Books

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
by Richard Koch
Print | Audiobook


The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Best Sales Books

Breakthrough Advertising
by Eugene Schwartz
Print


SPIN Selling
by Neil Rackham
Print | Audiobook


The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies
by Chet Holmes
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Best Strategy Books

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Know when to fight and when not to fight: avoid what is strong and strike at what is weak. Know how to deceive the enemy: appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Know your strengths and weaknesses: if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

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Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne
Print | eBook


Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People
by G. Richard Shell
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Best Success Books

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
by John Brooks
Print | eBook | Audiobook


Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
Print | eBook | Audiobook


How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel
by Mohsin Hamid
Print | eBook | Audiobook


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