December 5, 2011

News & Opinion: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (updated & in paperback!)

By: Sally Haldorson @ 7:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You (updated) by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten, Portfolio, 348 pages, $16.00, Paperback, November 2011, ISBN 9781591844464

Five years ago, Jack Covert, founder of 800-CEO-READ, and Todd Sattersten, then president of the company, chose and reviewed the 100 best business titles of all time--the ones that deliver the biggest payoff for today's busy readers. The resulting book, aptly named The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, puts each book in context so that readers can quickly find solutions to the business problems they face. In addition to the book reviews, "they recommend other books (both inside and outside their top 100) that you should read next. Sprinkled throughout are sidebars that take you beyond business books to movies, novels, and children's books." Our company is proud that the book has been a success on many levels. As Jack explains in his new Preface to the Paperback:

Writing The 100 Best Business Books of All Time was the culmination of my twenty-five years of reading, reviewing, and recommending business books. It thrills me that the book has continued to sell consistently and has been reprinted in ten languages....I am happy to say that as we updated the material for the paperback, I am still excited by every book, ever nugget of information we've included here.
While the definitive list of the best business books remains the same in this edition, over the past five years, the business world has changed, so we felt this book too must change. In this updated paperback edition of The 100 Best,
➻ We expanded the book reviews we originally included in the final chapter of the hardcover called Takeaways, and moved those deserving books and their reviews into their respective chapters. ➻ We have updated the sidebars to keep them timely. ➻ And we have added new pieces of writing that include the answers to such questions as why 1982 was such a critical year in business books, which books will help you learn how to make better choices, why sometimes pictures work better than words, and how to read a business book. (from the "Preface to the Paperback Edition")
The 100 Best will help you make connections, will present you with a map to help you wisely and efficiently explore the increasingly vast terrain of business thought. As Todd explains in his closing essay, "How To Read a {Business} Book:"
Books are about context, the greater meaning. Being able to connect multiple books improves our ability to compare and contrast approaches and philosophies.
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time does just that.

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.