Thousands of business books are published every year—Here are the best of the best. Now updated, with more than ten new books reviewed.
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time was written by two former leaders of 800-CEO-READ, Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten, with its current leader, Sally Haldorson. Originally published in 2009, The 100 Best is a guide to essential business reading for leaders, managers, and employees alike. If you want to grow, innovate, sell, lead, discover, and strategize, the books in The 100 Best are the ones to help you achieve your goals.
ABOUT THE 100 BEST
After years of reading, evaluating, and selling business books, 800-CEO-READ is the most respected expert on the category. Now they have chosen the 100 best business titles of all time—the ones that deliver the biggest payoff for today's busy readers.
The 100 Best 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 book 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.
Get a feel for the book. Get a feel for the book. Start with the introduction (download the PDF). Then check out a review from both of us: with a review from both Jack and Todd:
- Jack's review of The Essential Drucker (download the PDF)
- Todd's review of To Engineer is Human (download the PDF)
And to get a feel for the layout of the book, check out the book's "lost" chapter, which contains a collection of Industry book reviews. (Download the PDF)
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Now retired, Jack Covert is the founder of and former president of 800-CEO-READ, now an independent company, but longtime partner of the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops. Hired twenty-five years ago by the late David Schwartz to promote business and computer books to the Milwaukee business community, Jack used his considerable sales skills and innate business acumen to grow that 3-shelf business section into a 7 million dollar specialty business book retailer.
Todd Sattersten currently runs BizBookLab, a company that identifies, develops, and launches business books around the world from Portland, Oregon. Previously, he was president of 800-CEO-READ, spent six years at GE, and three years working with his father in the family sheet metal fabrication business. Todd received his BS in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and his MBA from Marquette University.
Sally Haldorson is the General Manager of 800-CEO-READ and has worked for the company in many different roles for twenty years. She has an M.A. in English and Creative Writing, and lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and son.
Photos by Kat Schleicher.