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The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You

Jack Covert, Todd Sattersten, Sally Haldorson

Thousands of business books are published every year-- Here are the best of the best After years of reading, evaluating, and selling business books, Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten are among the most respected experts on the category.

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Book Information

Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 368
ISBN-13: 9780143109730
ISBN-10: 0143109731
Language: English

What We're Saying

August 11, 2014

Warren Bennis | 1925-2014

By 800-CEO-READ

Aaron updated us last Wednesday with some dispatches we've received from a new generation of Authors On the Road, Changing the World. It is great to hear from the folks we're working with, to watch them spreading their ideas and expertise, and see them slowly and deliberately effect real change as they do. But, we know they're standing on the shoulders of giants, and as this new generation of authors and educators strengthens and broadens the scope of the business book genre, we have been losing some of those giants—the first generation of business book writers, the ones that blazed the trail, that made the study of business, management, and leadership an educational pursuit rather than a purely profit-based one. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 19, 2014

Psychologist Ron Friedman looks at the data on great workplaces and shows us that some hot trends are no better than the old assumptions they replaced. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 14, 2014

The authors of Fail Better take a popular subject a bit further by offering a methodology for constructing mistakes. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 27, 2014

Refuting the concept of work/life balance, Leading the Life You Want instead explains that whatever balance we wish to achieve will always ebb and flow. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 12, 2014

Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 09, 2014

Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact by Nick Morgan, Harvard Business School Press, 272 pages, $25. 00, Hardcover, May 2014, ISBN 9781422193501 Nick Morgan has been teaching nonverbal communication and stage presence for more than two decades. In fact, before we went out on the road to give speeches around our book, The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, it was to Morgan that my coauthor Todd Sattersten and I turned for guidance. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 20, 2009

Minding the Store: Great Writing About Business From Tolstoy to Now edited by Robert Coles and Albert LaFarge, The New Press, 299 pages, $25. 95, Hardcover, August 2008, ISBN 9781595583550 Many of the best-selling business books of the last thirty years are not based on exemplar companies, Fortune 500 CEOs or academic breakthroughs. Instead, they are completely made up; stories fabricated to make a grand point about how business should be practiced. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

April 14, 2009

Inspire! : Why Customers Come Back by Jim Champy, FT Press, 192 Pages, $22. 99 Hardcover, April 2009, ISBN 9780131361881 Some of the most successful business books use the research method to find the standouts in business, and then dig into those organizations to see what makes them so successful. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 10, 2010

All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera, Portfolio, 380 pages, $32. 95, Hardcover, November 2010, ISBN 9781591843634 I know you might be thinking, “Another book on the financial crisis… really? ” But this is the one that many have been waiting for, and after reading it for myself, I can safely say that Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera have delivered the most comprehensive documentation to-date of the many pieces that built the puzzle of our financial system over the decades. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 15, 2010

What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly, Viking Books, 416 pages, $27. 95, Hardcover, October 2010, ISBN 9780670022151 in-its-entirety issue—technology. Business changes. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 09, 2010

Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership by Warren Bennis with Patricia Ward Biederman, Jossey-Bass, 272 Pages, $27. 95 Hardcover, August 2010, ISBN 9780470432389 When you look at the greatest business thinkers from the second half of the last century, Warren Bennis would have to be in the conversation. When you focus on the field of leadership, he would have to be on the top of that list. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 11, 2010

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Pat Lencioni, Jossey-Bass, 220 pages, $24. 95, Hardcover, February 2010, ISBN 9780787976392 For over ten years, Pat Lencioni has helped define the genre of the business fable. He is most famous for The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which I thought so highly of that I included it in our collection of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 31, 2008

We've been talking about how to help people, how to focus on what's positive and helpful in the current state of our world, rather than grumbling over the things that are both out of our control and truly uncertain. One of the ways we can do that is by starting a conversation that starts at a personal level. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 03, 2015

Guy Kawasaki explains why he updated his classic book on entrepreneurship, The Art of the Start. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 14, 2012

ChangeThis: Issue 100

By 800-CEO-READ

In thinking of what to do for the 100th issue of ChangeThis, a lot of ideas were conjured up. But, in the end, we decided the most important thing we could do is to keep on doing the work we've been doing since Seth Godin turned the site over to us in the summer of 2005—act as a vehicle for moving ideas in service of authors and our audience. We did do a few special things with the issue, though. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 20, 2015

Substance and Style

By Sally Haldorson

What we talk about when we talk about good writing. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 02, 2016

Our General Manager Sally Haldorson's name has been added to the cover of the third edition of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, and she has pulled more women into the conversation along with her. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 25, 2016

Andrew S. Grove: 1936 - 2016

By Dylan Schleicher

Even the paranoid pass from the Earth someday. And, this week, we lost Andrew S. Grove. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 08, 2016

Explaining our transition from the Jack Covert Selects to the Editor's Choice review series. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

February 24, 2016

A pointed question from Jane McGonigal led our General Manager, Sally Haldorson, to take a closer look at the underlying bias against women authors in the business genre. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 30, 2009

Today is my last day at 800-CEO-READ. The last six years have been incredible and I want to thank all of you for coming along on the ride. I have decided to continue on the course of writing and speaking, following the wonderful experience we had with The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 16, 2009

Whether you love or hate your boss, October 16 is the day you can make your relationship with them a little better. And we at 8cr think you'll be hard pressed to find a better way to do that than to give them a copy of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. If things are cool between you and your boss, they'll appreciate the knowledge you'll share with them via the book. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 23, 2009

Bob Adams at 27 gen has written a series of posts on books he liked from The 100 Best Business Books of All Time and how they apply to church leadership. His first post is about our book and Drucker's Effective Executive. His other books include: Purple Cow - blog post / book link Six Thinking Hats - blog post / book link Leading Change - blog post / book link Why We Buy - blog post (with additional here , here, and here) / book link Little Red Book of Selling - blog post / book link He ends his last post by saying: That's my quick look at "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

February 02, 2009

Have we mentioned that we have this book coming out? About business books, perhaps? Like, this week? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

Full Description

Thousands of business books are published every year-- Here are the best of the best After years of reading, evaluating, and selling business books, Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten are among the most respected experts on the category. Now they have chosen and reviewed the one hundred best business titles of all time--the ones that deliver the biggest payoff for today's busy readers. The 100 Best Business Books of All Time puts each book in context so that readers can quickly find solutions to the problems they face, such as how best to spend The First 90 Days in a new job or how to take their company from Good to Great. Many of the choices are surprising--you'll find reviews of Moneyball and Orbiting the Giant Hairball, but not Jack Welch's memoir. At the end of each review, Jack and Todd direct readers to other books both inside and outside The 100 Best. And sprinkled throughout are sidebars taking the reader beyond business books, suggesting movies, novels, and even children's books that offer equally relevant insights. This guide will appeal to anyone, from entry-level to CEO, who wants to cut through the clutter and discover the brilliant books that are truly worth their investment of time and money.

About The Author

Jack Covert will tell you he is a simple merchant at heart; his old employees will tell you he was the heart of the company he built until his retirement in 2014. Hired by the late David Schwartz thirty years ago to sell business and computer books to the Milwaukee business community in the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, Jack grew that 3-shelf business section into the specialty bulk book retailer Porchlight is today. As Founder and former President, Jack still offers his guidance and hard-won business acumen to all of us at Porchlight. When he’s not consulting with us, volunteering in the community, or puttering around his garden, Jack can usually be found at home watching British mystery series with his wife Ann and their two cats.

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About The Author

Sally’s mission as Porchlight’s Managing Director is to make Porchlight a great place to work for employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for everyone in or orbiting the publishing industry. She also has a not-so-secret penchant for business strategy and contemplating the history and evolution of business, both as a socio-economic force and a literary genre. When she can find the time, she reads, writes, reviews, and edits alongside the company’s marketing team. Helping craft three editions of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time utilized both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.

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