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The 99 Best Business Books - Recommended Reading List

MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on advanced business knowledge: you can teach yourself everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work. The Personal MBA features the very best business books available, based on thousands of hours of research. So skip business school and the $150,000 loan: you can get a world-class business education simply by reading these books.

This page lists all Personal MBA recommended books and resources for easy printing, bookmarking, and reference. For more information about the Personal MBA and book selection criteria, read the manifesto. Purchasing books through this website helps support the Personal MBA’s ongoing research. See my disclosures for details.

Here are the 99 business books the Personal MBA officially recommends… click on the title to read a detailed description of each book and why it’s important.

START HERE: The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

The Personal MBA is a comprehensive overview of everything you’ll learn reading the books on this list – it’s now an international bestseller. I wrote this book to summarize the most important concepts in business, psychology, and systems theory. I strongly recommend reading this book first – you’ll get much more from the books on this list if you learn the most important concepts first. Learn more…

Business Creation

Value-Creation & Testing




Finance & Accounting

The Human Mind

Productivity & Effectiveness

Problem Solving

Behavioral Change







Project Management




Corporate Skills

Corporate Strategy

Creativity & Innovation



Personal Finance

Personal Growth

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