Must-Read Books: Business & Money

Your bookshelf says a lot about you. Peter Knox, contributor at The Guardian, argues that sharing your shelf is sharing yourself (Knox, 2012). Reading forms our opinions and values, which why it is important to make a conscious decision when selecting what to read. Usually, you cannot go too wrong when selecting a best-seller, classic, or must-read since these books were validated by many previous reasons.

What are the must-reads books in business and money, in literature and fiction, in philosophy, in psychology, in relationships, in spirituality, and in writing, research, and publishing? These were my question when I started to research the Amazon and Goodreads database on the books with the highest rankings and best user reviews. I decided to share my findings because I believe that it could be valuable for other book lovers and curious minds.

I believe that it is impossible to read all the interesting books humans wrote since the beginning of book publishing but by limiting the reading experience to the best-sellers, classics, and must-reads, one can pick a couple great books that help one to gain a deeper understanding in the fields of interest. In this article, I focus on books that are related to business and money. I will publish several similar posts in the next few weeks covering different fields.

The following list does not contain books from the FT Guides or HBR’s 10 Must Reads Series, although they popped up quite often during my research, so definitely have a separate look at them. I hope you will find your next book through this list. Furthermore, feel free to comment with a book title that you think is missing here. Happy reading!

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell

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

The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Accounting Principles, International Edition by Marian Powers, Belverd E. Needles Jr., Susan V. Crosson

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

An Introduction to Management Consultancy by Marc Baaij

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change by David L. Cooperrider, Diana Whitney

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Anthony Robbins, Tony Robbins, Frederick L. Covan

Basic Marketing Research by Naresh K. Malhotra

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras

Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur

Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson

Business Student’s Handbook, 5th edition by Sheila Cameron

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation by Marc Cosentino

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane

The Coaching Manual by Julie Starr

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Consumer Behaviour: A European Perspective by Michael R. Solomon

Corporate Finance by Jonathan Berk

Corporate Social Responsibility: Doing the Most Good for Your Company and Your Cause by Philip Kotler, Nancy Lee

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace

Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts by David C. Thomas, Mark F. Peterson

Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer

Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind – Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, Michael Minkov

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Digital Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice by Dave Chaffey

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Economics by Michael Parkin

Economics and the Business Environment by A.J. Marijs, W. Hulleman

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

The End of the Euro: The Uneasy Future of the European Union by Johan Van Overtveldt

European Union Law by Elspeth Berry

The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael D. Watkins

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis

Fooled By Randomness & The Black Swan: Two Books In One by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance by Stephen A. Ross

Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t 1st Edition Hardcover by Jim Collins

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

Human Resource Management by Derek Torrington, Stephen Taylor, Laura Hall, Carol Atkinson

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen

Integrated Advertising, Promotion and Marketing Communications by Kenneth E. Clow, Donald Baack

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, Warren Buffett

International Business by Mike W. Peng, Klaus Meyer

International Business Law by Ray A. August, Don Mayer, Michael Bixby

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Leading Change, With a New Preface by John P. Kotter

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner

The Life Coaching Handbook: Everything you need to be an effective life coach by Curly Martin

Logistics and Supply Chain Management by Martin Christopher

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Take Hold and Others Come Unstuck by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Management by Richard L. Daft, Martyn Kendrick, Natalia Vershinina

The Management Consultant: Mastering the Art of Consultancy by Richard Newton

Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk about How to Do It Right by Linda K. Trevino

Marketing: An Introduction by Gary Armstrong, Philip Kotler

The Meltdown Years: The Unfolding of the Global Economic Crisis by Wolfgang Munchau

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Anthony Robbins

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo

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

The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Project Manager: Mastering The Art Of Delivery by Richard Newton

The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for You and Your Clients by Steve Chandler, Rich Litvin

Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life by Maxwell Maltz

The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Strategic Market Management: Global Perspectives by David A. Aaker, Damien McLoughlin

Strengths Finder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath

Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success by Rick Brandon, Marty Seldman

SPIN Selling: Situation Problem Implication Need-payoff by Neil Rackham

Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life by Donald J. Trump, Bill Zanker

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink

Stock Market Investing for Beginners: Essentials to Start Investing Successfully by Tycho Press

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright

The Truth about Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-Of-The-Matter Facts You Need to Know by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner

Understanding European Union Law by Karen Davies

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith

Who Stole My Customer? Winning Strategies for Creating and Sustaining Customer Loyalty by Harvey Thompson

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoğlu, James A. Robinson

Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Succeeding in Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life by Martin Bjergegaard, Jordan Milne

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar

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