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The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Todd Sattersten runs BizBookLab, a company that identifies, develops, and launches business books around the world. Todd is based in Portland, Oregon.
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I wanted to learn the key ideas in these 100 books and this book did not provide it. That is my main criticism. I am just not that interested in learning how "refreshing" the style of writing is or in reading commentary on how clever the author was.
So, if you think that you are going to get summaries and distillations of the ideas from these 100 books then you are mostly mistaken. I say mostly because there are indeed a few (a very few) morsels provided in each review. However, all too often the review just says something like "the author then provides 8 ideas that you should consider in setting up your business", but you don't get to learn what those 8 ideas are! Down with fluffy teasers.
I also wish the collection did not restrict itself only to relatively contemporary works. That is like saying music should only be understood by looking at everything from the Beatles on. Don't get me wrong: I love the Beatles but what about Bach? Frederick Taylor's views of the employee may be old but it still provides insight into how a sizeable portion of businesses are still being run around the world today ... not to mention that it gives us a context for understanding how we got to where we are right now.
In fairness, there are a number of "pop numbers" that I would have never learned about if not for this book. So, I feel the authors do a credible job of surveying and presenting fresh options based on contemporary (e.g. humanitarian) business values and trends.
If you like this book you probably owe it to yourself to broaden your list a little. There are a lot of "best business" lists out there.Read more ›
That said, I think Covert and Sattersten have created an invaluable single source of information, especially given the fact that 11,000 business books were published in the United States in 2007 and, when I last checked, more than 1.9-million business books are now offered by Amazon, including more than 267,000 in the "business management" category.Read more ›
If you own a Zagats restaurant guide, it probably means you care about the food you eat.
You need to buy this book if you care about the work you do.
Even better than a restaurant guide, this book will actually feed your head. The summaries are first rate, their enthusiasm is palpable and you'll learn something on every single page.
I know, I'm biased. But I'm sitting here making a fool of myself for a reason--you need to read more business books! This is a great place to start.
The starting point for all this is that while they help business leaders solve problems there are over 10.000 business books published per year. Obviously, there is a need for some type of screening and these are the 100 titles that according to the authors offer the best help. The books are ranked on the quality of the presented idea, the applicability of the idea to practical business issues and the accessibility of the text.
The titles are divided into a number of thematic chapters such as “You”, “Leadership”, “Sales & Marketing”, “Biographies”, “Entrepreneurship” etc. Looking at the total selection of literature it’s obvious that the authors prefer topics centered around leading people, values, inspiration etc. over for example factual texts on processes or technology. They are not number types of persons but instead see more to the - perhaps - easier digested psychological and sociological aspects of management. This is obviously a matter of personality and taste even if I find the exclusion of Michael Porter’s Five Forces of Strategy from the list as not being accessible enough a bit harsh – after all the readers are supposed to be CEOs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for suggestions and snippets of some of the greatest business books, this is the book you're looking for. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MLeland
I was hoping for more of a cliff notes version of the books. This was not useful to me - more like reading back cover copyPublished 20 months ago by Dave Waluk
The short summary goes straight to point, and actually raised my interest in many of the books I wouldn't have on my 'top of list'.
Worth the buy and the time perusing. Read more
Thanks a lot... very Happy... on time, and everythin OK.... Thanks a lot... very Happy... on time, and everythin OK....Published on January 3, 2013 by michael farshad
Of the 100 books recommended, I had read only 23. So, I am not qualified to tell whether the authors' picks are the best or not. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by ServantofGod
I agree with those who are disappointed in this book. I was hoping for greater expansion upon the meat of each book and not just a taste. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Judy Liese