Books

We love books. We love them so much that we ask every successful entrepreneur and executive we interview for their favorite reads; the books that had the biggest impact on their professional lives.

Below is a compiled list, ranked by number of recommendations:

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins (10)

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman (8)

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki (6)

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (4)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz (4)

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (4)

Hyper Sales Growth: Street-Proven Systems & Processes. How to Grow Quickly & Profitably. by Jack Daly (3)

Rework by Jason Fried (3)

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (3)

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek (3)

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (3)

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie (2)

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (2)

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (2)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (2)

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (2)

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel (2)

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss (2)

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight (2)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey (2)

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt (1)

Born Again by Charles Colson (1)

Top of Mind: Use Content to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter To You by John Hall (1)

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant (1)

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (1)

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman (1)

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins (1)

Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli (1)

The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews (1)

The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen (1)

The Generals by W.E.B. Griffin (1)

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne (1)

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough (1)

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (1)

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin (1)

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (1)

Island of Saints: A Story of the One Principle That Frees the Human Spirit by Andy Andrews (1)

Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 by Nathaniel Philbrick (1)

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book by Anonymous (1)

The Peebles Principles: Tales and Tactics from an Entrepreneur’s Life of Winning Deals, Succeeding in Business, and Creating a Fortune from Scratch by R. Donahue Peebles (1)

King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone by David Carey (1)

The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street, and Beyond by Peter G. Peterson (1)

The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage by Clifford Perotti (1)

Raising The Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D. Hines by Mark Seal (1)

The Rules of the Game: International Money and Exchange Rates by Ronald I. McKinnon (1)

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life by Albert-laszlo Barabasi (1)

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn (1)

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (1)

How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath (1)

Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello (1)

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser (1)

Make Big Happen: How to Live, Work and Give Big by Mark Moses (1)

Get a Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business by Gino Wickman (1)

Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman (1)

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (1)

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (1)

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm (1)

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell (1)

Life is Good: The Book by Bert and John Jacobs (1)

The Shift from One to Many: A Practical Guide to Leadership by Chrismon Nofsinger (1)

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (1)

Winning by Jack Welch (1)

Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump (1)

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1)

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking (1)

Cosmos by Carl Sagan (1)

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (1)

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz (1)

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim (1)

Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles in Opportunities by Sharon L. Lechter (1)

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson (1)

Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street’s Bluff by Christine S. Richard (1)

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins (1)

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough (1)

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (1)

Managing The Professional Service Firm by David H. Maister (1)

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (1)

Airframe: A Novel by Michael Crichton (1)

Next by Michael Crichton (1)

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell (1)

Playing for Pizza: A Novel by John Grisham (1)

Bossypants by Tina Fey (1)

How Google Works by Eric Schmidt (1)

The Dan Sullivan Question by Dan Sullivan (1)

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (1)

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler (1)

Scaling up Excellence by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao (1)

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni (1)

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (1)

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (1)

Story by Robert McKee (1)

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Roberts (1)

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort (1)

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by  Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (1)

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (1)

Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons by Lewis Schiff (1)

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson (1)

Management Mantras by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (1)

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (1)

The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1)

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish (1)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (1)

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers by Bill Conaty (1)

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin (1)

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (1)

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (1)

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman (1)

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 (1)

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferazzi (1)

Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You’ll Ever Need by Harvey Mackay (1)

Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle by Larry Ellison and Matthew Symonds (1)

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan (1)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1)

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1)

Pyramid by David Macaulay (1)

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish (1)

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System–and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin (1)

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich (1)

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose (1)

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss (1)

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi (1)

Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn by John L. Smith (1)

Start Small, Finish Big: Fifteen Key Lessons to Start–And Run–Your Own Successful Business by Fred DeLuca (1)

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek (1)

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins (1)

All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman (1)

You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation by Wayne W. Dyer (1)

Coaching for Improved Work Performance by Ferdinand Fournies (1)

Where Is Joe Merchant? A Novel Tale by Jimmy Buffett (1)

Blueprint to a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth by David G. Thomson (1)

The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies by Chet Holmes (1)

The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy by Sandy Weill (1)

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow (1)

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (1)

Leading Change by John P. Kotter (1)

The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard (1)

(Last Updated: August 16, 2017)