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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

December 23, 2009

I was inspired by NPR's Mile HIgh Book Club listing today and thought to myself, "Hey! Lots of people will be grabbing a plane to visit family and friends this weekend - what would business minded people want to read during their travels? " Well, why not pick from the Top 10 business books that we've sold overseas and across borders in 2009? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 06, 2009

Earlier this year, we released The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. In making such a bold statement, we received both congratulatory notes and outright condemnation of our selections. As you can imagine, hard decisions had to be made. 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

July 22, 2009

SalesHQ has posted a list of their 20 Must-Read Sales Books. Like any good list, there is tried and true as well as some less-knowns. Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer [1] The Game by Neil Strauss Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cold Calling by Keith Rosen Sales 2. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 30, 2009

Marc Hershon and Jonathan Littman have been hard at work promoting their new book, I HATE PEOPLE! , Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job. You may recognize Jonathan Littman for co-authoring a few 8CR favorites, The Art of Innovation, which is featured in the 100 Best, and The Ten Faces of Innovation which we've written about periodically over the years. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 02, 2009

We have been getting more questions lately about what books from The 100 Best are available in audio. That lead us to do some research and it turns out that 37 of our selections are available in compact disc, digitally through Audible/iTunes, or both. We have updated our Books in the 100 Best page with links to those editions. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 01, 2008

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

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

August 15, 2014

No matter how smart we are, if we don’t train ourselves to notice what is not immediately in front of us, then we cannot make the best decisions. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 17, 2015

Bethany McLean weaves a tale of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that enlightens, enrages, and educates. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 23, 2009

There was a post in Twitter last week with someone asking what five business books should be recommended to someone entering the workforce. I wasn't able to go back and find the post, but the question has been lingering with me as we approach the launch of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Where to start? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 30, 2010

Our 2010 Retrospective

By Sally Haldorson

2010 was, for 800-CEO-READ, a year of stability, growth and redesign. Not everyone nor every company is so lucky as to say the same about the past year, but after the chaos, both internally and externally, of 2008-09, we count ourselves lucky that we close the year in a celebratory mood. Some highlights and happenings from 2010: January: We celebrated the winners of the annual 800-CEO-READ business book awards and other industry folks at a party in NYC. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 03, 2010

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

July 19, 2011

You may know Clayton Christensen for his classic works on innovation, The Innovator's Dilemma and The Innovator's Solution. In fact, The Innovator's Dilemma was included as one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Todd wrote something that struck me as I revisited the review he wrote for the book today. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 11, 2014

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

May 01, 2009

Wednesday was a busy day for us and The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. We started the morning at the BizTimes's BizTechExpo at Wisconsin State Fair Park. I gave a talk to a great crowd about the themes that show up over and over in business books. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

April 22, 2009

Jack and Todd have been busy interviewing as many authors as possible from The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. We took a break from posting these interviews for awhile, but a batch of them have gone up recently, with more to come each week. The site currently features interviews with Henry Petroski, David Dorsey, David Allen, Charles Wheelan, Bo Peabody, Al Ries, Leonard Berry, Karen Berman and Joe Knight, Strat Sherman, and Jack Stack. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

February 24, 2009

In 1994, Dave Dorsey wrote a great book call The Force about the Xerox salesforce that he followed around for a year. The book is so good we included it in The 100 Best. He has written a short piece for us about what the parallels exists between what he wrote about in The Force and what he see going on today: The current financial crisis brings back memories for me. 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

January 21, 2009

This morning, we had an inauguration of our own at 800-CEO-READ. Todd Sattersten was sworn in as President over Gitomer's Sales Bible. He uttered these words: "I do solemnly swear that I, Todd Sattersten, will faithfully execute the Office of President of the 800-CEO-READ, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, defend, and move forward the dignity of Business Book selling and promoting great ideas. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 21, 2010

We've talked a lot in these offices about how the high cost of author events and business conferences makes it difficult for burgeoning leaders, business owners and bootsrappers—those that could really benefit from the ideas, information and insights that are exchanged there—to attend. And, though we've tried, we haven't figured out how to crack that problem. But Daniel Decker and the good folks putting on The Leadership and Influence Summit have, and we are excited to support them in their gargantuan efforts. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 02, 2008

Joe Wikert of O'Reilly Media says he is giving up on business books. He gives the standard complaint of recently reading a business book and determining about halfway through it that the book was terrible. He thinks the answer is online in blogs and articles. 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.

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