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

Jack Covert, Todd Sattersten

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: 08/02/2016
Pages: 368
ISBN-13: 9780143109730
ISBN-10: 0143109731
Language: English

What We're Saying

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 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

October 13, 2008

Amazon now has catalog copy and cover art for our book. Four months before publication date, our sales ranking is already 280,000, but who's counting. Check us out here. 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 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

September 06, 2008

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 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

August 14, 2008

Our communication has been sporadic on the book project. Kate, our air traffic controller, is imploring us to get with it and start telling you what we have been up to. She's right and there is a lot that has happened. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 18, 2008

Joe Nocera is a columnist for The New York Times who writes about big business, and yesterday my inbox was filled with notes pointing me to his blog. His latest post recommends what he believes are the best business books ever. Here is Nocera's list with his commentary: "Liar's Poker," by Michael Lewis (even though I've since become convinced that the anecdote that gives the book its title never happened). 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 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

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

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

July 02, 2009

One of the stops on our tour for The 100 Best Business Books of All Time was Asheville, North Carolina. Jonathan Flaum was kind enough to host an event at his WriteMind Institute that combined his views of the world with the meta-themes we found throughout The 100 Best. Jonathan in this video clip talks about wisdom in decision-making using the story of Moses. 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

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

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

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 Authors

Jack Covert is the founder and president of 800-CEO-READ, a specialty business book retailer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Todd Sattersten runs BizBookLab, a company that identifies, develops, and launches business books around the world. Todd is ba

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Jack Covert is the founder and president of 800-CEO-READ, a specialty business book retailer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Todd Sattersten runs BizBookLab, a company that identifies, develops, and launches business books around the world. Todd is ba

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