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I love books. I just counted and I have 476 on my shelf (of which I’ve read about 200). Having so many and so little time, I’ve begun to get choosey when considering new purchasess. I’ve started the prize-winners rule for all “non-business” type books (i.e. Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Hugo) but for business books it’s hard to narrow the field.

For this I rely on the opinions of others and below I’ve posted the running list I’ve got on my blackberry. It’s the compilation of several lists I’ve seen around and some I’ve found myself. I’ve marked with a star the books I already have and two stars the books I’ve read. Please suggest others you think should be on the list.

If you don’t like this list, click the picture below. Each book is related in some way to the word entrepreneur. Click on any book to get its description. Order any book in the picture from Amazon.


Book list:

A New Brand World by Scott Bedbury and Stephen Fenichell

A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Crucial Confrontations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

Die Broke by Stephen Pollan, Mark Levine

* Economics In One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Eloquence in an Electronic Age by Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte

Essentials of Accounting by by Robert Newton Anthony and Leslie K. Pearlman

First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman

Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

** Getting Things Done by David Allen

** Getting To Yes by Fisher, Ury, and Patton

Good to Great by Jim Collins

** How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations by Thomas Stewart.

Management Strategy by Alfred Marcus

Mass Affluence by Paul Nunes and Brian Johnson

Mastery by George Leonard

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

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

On Competition by Michael Porter

On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Product Development for the Lean Enterprise by Michael N. Kennedy

Seeing What’s Next by Clayton M. Christensen, Erik A. Roth, Scott D. Anthony

Smart Mobs by Howard Goldstein.

Statistics by David Freedman, Robert Pisani, Roger Purves

** The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

** The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

** The Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin

** The Cluetrain Manifesto by Christopher Locke, et al

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber

The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren E. Buffett, Lawrence A. Cunningham

* The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker

** The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

** The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer

The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson

The New, New Thing by Michael Lewis.

The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking by Barbara Minto

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker

The Seven Day Weekend by Ricardo Semler

The Story Factor by Annette Simmons

The Substance of Style by Virginia Postrel

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surioweicki

Trading Up by Michael Silverstein and Neil Fiske

Will & Vision: How Latecomers Grow to Dominate Markets by Gerard J. Tellis, Peter N. Golder, Clayton Christensen

Wisdom Tales From Around the World by Heather Forest

* Working With Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman


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Best Regards

Kip Altman


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