Business Books: 170 Plus Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

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Personally, I would recommend that you read the book Talent is Never Enough by John C Maxwell. If you are not into books, read this book and let me know what you think. In my opinion, this is the best book out there on entrepreneurship and personal development.

After extensive research, Wiki provided a list of the best books for entrepreneurs, startups and business. The trick to reading all these books (if you want to read them all) is to start with one book at a time. This would make reading (or starting) seem not so daunting. Good luck in your reading quest.

  1. The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs by Kevin Johnson
  2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
  3. The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch by Dan Norris
  4. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  5. Platform Scale: How an emerging business model helps startups build large empires with minimum investment by Sangeet Paul Choudary
  6. TOP 101 Growth Hacks: The best growth hacking ideas that you can put into practice right away by Aladdin Happy
  7. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
  8. Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours by Salim Ismail
  9. Startup Idea Action Plan: Validate Your Startup And Get Customers in 7 Days, When All You Have is a Business Idea by Ryan Mulvihill
  10. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank
  11. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried
  12. Craft Business Power: 15 Days To A Profitable Online Craft Business by Cinnamon Miles
  13. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg
  14. Startup Growth Engines: Case Studies of How Today’s Most Successful Startups Unlock Extraordinary Growth by Sean Ellis
  15. The Magic of Thinking Big
  16. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
  17. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  18. Good to Great by James Collins
  19. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steven Blank
  20. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  21. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  22. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail–but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  23. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  24. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Shwartz
  25. Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, Second Edition by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, et al.
  26. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
  27. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston
  28. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  29. Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson
  30. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  31. The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  32. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  33. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson
  34. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz
  35. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  36. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
  37. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Kenneth Cukier
  38. The Fine Art of Small Talk: How To Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills — and Leave a Positive Impression! by Debra Fine
  39. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh
  40. The Thank You Economy: Gary Vaynerchuk by Gary Vaynerchuk
  41. Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe
  42. Where Good Ideas Come From: Steven Johnson by Steven Johnson
  43. The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing: A Guide to Growing More Profitably by Thomas Nagle, John Hogan, Joseph Zale
  44. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children: John Wood by John Wood
  45. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries, Laura Ries
  46. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
  47. The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  48. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
  49. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  50. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  51. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan KimRenee Mauborgne
  52. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander OsterwalderYves PigneurBusiness Model Generation
  53. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  54. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham
  55. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  56. The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton M. ChristensenMichael E. Raynor
  57. Warfighting by U. S. Marine Corps Staff
  58. Get Back in the Box: How Being Great at What You Do Is Great for Business by Douglas Rushkoff
  59. Googled: The End of the World As We Know It by Ken Auletta
  60. The Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies by Jonathan A. KneeBruce C. GreenwaldAva Seave
  61. Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know by Randall Stross
  62. Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller
  63. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter ThielBlake Masters
  64. Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking by Andy Sernovitz
  65. Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business by Jay Conrad Levinson
  66. The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
  67. Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy by Carl ShapiroHal R. Varian
  68. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup by Brad FeldDavid Cohen
  69. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
  70. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen
  71. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A cheat sheet to The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Brant CooperPatrick Vlaskovits
  72. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad FeldJason Mendelson
  73. The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living by Randy Komisar
  74. The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle
  75. The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer by Michael Moritz
  76. The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis
  77. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston
  78. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) by Steve Krug
  79. Theory of Fun for Game Design by Raph Koster
  80. The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition by Jesse Schell
  81. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson
  82. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  83. Primal Leadership, With a New Preface by the Authors: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel GolemanRichard BoyatzisAnnie McKee
  84. The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  85. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America, Release 2.0 by Thomas L. Friedman
  86. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  87. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  88. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  89. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials) by Jim CollinsJerry I. Porras
  90. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  91. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins
  92. How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins
  93. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition by David Bornstein
  94. Essential Creativity in the Classroom: Inspiring Kids by Kaye Thorne
  95. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert B. Cialdini
  96. The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLeanPeter Elkind
  97. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip HeathDan Heath
  98. Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson
  99. The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
  100. Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition (Collins Business Essentials) by Geoffrey A. Moore
  101. Inside the Tornado: Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets (Collins Business Essentials) by Geoffrey A. Moore
  102. Marketing High Technology by William H. Davidow
  103. The Breakthrough Imperative by Mark GottfredsonSteve Schaubert
  104. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  105. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors by Michael E. Porter
  106. The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
  107. The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books) by Robert Greene
  108. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay
  109. Term Sheets & Valuations – A Line by Line Look at the Intricacies of Term Sheets & Valuations (Bigwig Briefs) by Alex WilmerdingAspatore Books StaffAspatore.com
  110. Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn
  111. Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by Michael A. Hiltzik
  112. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
  113. The SPEED of TRUST: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M .R. Covey
  114. Divide or Conquer: How Great Teams Turn Conflict into Strength by Diana McLain Smith
  115. CustomerCentric Selling, Second Edition by Michael T. BosworthJohn R. HollandFrank Visgatis
  116. Answering the Ultimate Question: How Net Promoter Can Transform Your Business by Richard OwenLaura L. Brooks PhDThe Lean Startup
  117. Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry by Marc BenioffCarlye Adler
  118. The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffrey Liker
  119. Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan SenorSaul Singer
  120. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
  121. The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman
  122. Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition by Napoleon Hill
  123. High-tech Ventures: The Guide For Entrepreneurial Success by C. Gordon BellJohn E. Mcnamara
  124. Delivering Profitable Value : A Revolutionary Framework to Accelerate Growth, Generate Wealth, and Rediscover the Heart of Business by Mike Lanning
  125. The Stand by Stephen King
  126. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas S. Kuhn
  127. The Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams by David A. Kaplan
  128. Essentials of Entrepreneurship : What it Takes to Create Successful Enterprises by TiE: The Indus EntrepreneursTiE
  129. The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California by Peri H. Pakroo J.D.
  130. Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown
  131. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick
  132. The Whuffie Factor: Using the Power of Social Networks to Build Your Business by Tara Hunt
  133. High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner’s Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars by Charles Ferguson
  134. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith FerrazziTahl Raz
  135. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky
  136. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  137. The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Revised and Updated 5th Anniversary Edition by C. K. Prahalad
  138. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (3rd Edition) by Tom DeMarcoTim Lister
  139. Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career by Robin Wolaner
  140. By William C. Taylor: Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by -William Morrow-
  141. What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World by Tina Seelig
  142. Get Noticed by Marcus TaylorRob Lawrence
  143. Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish
  144. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al RiesLaura Ries
  145. The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) by Noam Wasserman
  146. Business: The Ultimate Resource by Editors Of Perseus PublishingPerseus PublishingDaniel Goleman
  147. Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons from a Long, Strange Trip by Barry Barnes
  148. Culture & Empire: Digital Revolution by Pieter Hintjens
  149. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit by Craig Van Gelder
  150. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Dover Thrift Editions) by Benjamin Franklin
  151. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks
  152. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  153. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?: Seth Godin by Seth Godin
  154. How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  155. Outliers: The Story of Success: Malcolm Gladwell by Malcolm Gladwell
  156. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
  157. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Thomas Ferriss
  158. The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer
  159. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  160. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  161. The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How by Daniel Coyle
  162. How I Made My First Million on the Internet and How You Can Too!: The Complete Insider’s Guide to Making Millions with Your Internet Business by Ewen Chia
  163. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Litt
  164. Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs eBook by Norm Brodsky
  165. Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto by Adam Werbach
  166. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
  167. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change by Louis V., Jr. Gerstner
  168. The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Defeating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization by Tom Kelley
  169. Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the FinancialSystem–and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin
  170. The Innovator’s Dilemma : The Revolutionary National Bestseller That Changed The Way We Do Business by clayton m. christensen
  171. The Paypal Wars : Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth by Eric M. Jackson
  172. Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics by Eric D. Beinhocker
  173. Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World by Tyler Cowen
  174. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com by Richard Brandt
  175. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  176. The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic by Dan Ariely
  177. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky
  178. Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart by Ian Ayres by Ian Ayres
  179. The Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies by Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, Ava Seave

 

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