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100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You (Third Edition)

Jack Covert, Todd Sattersten, Sally Haldorson

Revised edition of The 100 best business books of all time, 2009.

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

What We're Saying

November 14, 2012

ChangeThis: Issue 100

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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

June 19, 2015

Adrian Woolridge's Shumpeter column for The Economist has been mined for the best material and published as a book. 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 31, 2009

We got a note last week from a reader who was a little upset by a new product that Harvard Business Publishing recently put out. Titled "10 Must-Read Articles from HBR", the electronic-only download highlights many of the same authors (and seminal ideas) as we did in The 100 Best. You'll find Drucker, Christensen, Goleman, Kotter among others with the Harvard Business Review article (ie condensed versions) of The Effective Executive, Innovator's Dilemma, Emotional Intelligence, Leading Change and so on. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 03, 2010

"A fine commute accompaniment."

By Sally Haldorson

Every month, Penguin/Portfolio posts a new free podcast that you can download from iTunes or listen to on their site called The Business Beat. It was exciting news to hear that The Business Beat was featured in USA TODAY’s “Watch, Listen and Read” column today--it’s on 6B of the Money section, if you have a paper copy on hand--, not only because we love the work that Portfolio does with its business books, but because at the end of every program, Jack reviews a classic business book in his Just Jack! section. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 22, 2008

Last week we launched the official countdown to Jack and Todd's book, The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. We thought about hiring the New York City New Year's Ball and then decided on a book club, to help you gear up for Jack and Todd's book. As Todd mentioned, it's a six-month book club. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 19, 2008

If you are a baseball fan, or even just a fan of great writing, I highly recommend you check out Michael Lewis's recent article for Vanity Fair about sports agent Gus Dominguez, who has been convicted (wrongly, Lewis believes) of smuggling Cuban baseball players to the United States. In it, he follows the story back to Cuba and paints a fascinating portrait of baseball there. Peter Gammons recently stated on Baseball Tonight that the most exciting baseball experience of his life was watching a game in Havana, and you can almost taste that kind of excitement in this piece by Lewis. 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

November 14, 2008

One more thought from What's Stopping You? for potential small business owners. Entrepreneurs are hesitant to pull others into their start-up plans. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 01, 2008

Amazon now shows the cover of our new book. Check it out here. Thanks Jeff. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 06, 2008

Remembering Michael Hammer

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If the book of the 80's was In Search of Excellence by Peters and Waterman, then book of the 90's was Reengineering the Corporation by Michael Hammer and Jim Champy. We were saddened to hear Michael Hammer died this week at age 60. The best way we can think of to acknowledge his impact is by announcing the inclusion of Reengineering The Corporation in our upcoming book. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 11, 2014

Warren Bennis | 1925-2014

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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

November 10, 2011

If there were a man who could boldly claim to have written a book that can help solve “Life’s Most Difficult Problems,” it would be Stephen R. Covey. Covey came onto the scene after writing The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People in 1989. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 02, 2011

We're excited to announce an updated and expanded paperback version of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time available 11/1/11 from Portfolio. More content--expanded reviews of the Takeaway chapter books (including Thinkertoys, The First 90 Days, Beyond the Core, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree); new sidebars (including decision-making, visual thinking, and 1982, the watershed year for business books); and a new introduction and closing manifesto--means more for you to learn and enjoy. The perfect book for you to put on your Christmas list and read to inspire you for the new year! 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

September 12, 2008

A Sense of Urgency by John Kotter, Harvard Business School Press, 196 pages, $22. 00 Hardcover, 190 pages, September 2008, ISBN 9781422179710 In 1997, Harvard Business School Press released the best book on change that I have ever read, entitled Leading Change. Authored by Professor John Kotter, it is so good that Todd and I included it in our book, The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, due out in February of 2009. 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

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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, Todd Sattersten, and Sally Haldorson are among the most respected experts on the category. Collectively 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 ofMoneyball and Orbiting the Giant Hairball, but not Jack Welch’s memoir.

At the end of each review, Jack, Todd, and Sally 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. In addition, this Third Edition includes a sidebar of Top Women Business Thinkers.

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.

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