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

Jack Covert

The authors have chosen and reviewed the 100 best business titles of all time--the ones that deliver the biggest payoff for today's busy readers. This guide puts each book in context so that readers can quickly find solutions to the problems they face.

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Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 368
ISBN-13: 9780143109730
ISBN-10: 0143109731
Language: English

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September 06, 2008

Remembering Michael Hammer

By 800-CEO-READ

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

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

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

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 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

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

December 01, 2008

I'm sure you already know that Jack and Todd have a book coming out in February about the best books the business genre has produces over the years. Well, on top of the The Countdown Book Club, we've thought of another way we can get some of the books they discuss in their book in your hands. We're starting a new series of special giveaways over on InBubbleWrap. 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

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 06, 2010

In 1997, Sebastian Junger wrote a great book called The Perfect Storm. The phrase, “a perfect storm” is used when multiple things come together to create an extraordinary experience. That thought fleeted through my mind last night as I sat reading Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, because, including Freedom, I’m actually reading three brilliant books in three rather different genres. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 07, 2010

Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten's book, The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, And How They Can Help You was published by Portfolio last year. Since then, it's been translated in nine different languages. Now, it's available as an audio book (in English) through Audible. 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

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

February 02, 2009

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

January 28, 2009

We're baaackk!

By 800-CEO-READ

Just a quick note to let you know we're all back in town, ready for a new season of business books. Our launch party in NYC was a great success (thanks to all who joined us! ), and we are looking forward to Jack and Todd's book coming out next 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

January 07, 2009

Jack and I have this book coming out. You might have heard about it :) The 100 Best Business Books of All Time hits shelves February 5th, a mere 29 days from now (not that anyone is counting). We have a lot of things planned as we run up to the launch. 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

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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 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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