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Sunday, November 06, 2005 11:18 PM
Biz Titles for the Ages
Kevin Salwen on Bookshelf

An English teacher friend suggested today that literature ages well, while business books don't. 'We're still reading the great novels,' she argued, 'while business books get stale so quickly. Why don't business books last?' We speculated that it was because the world changes so fast, making business theory obsolete and less applicable.

So, just for fun I checked out the bestseller lists on Amazon -- and the results showed more longevity than my friend or I probably would have predicted. On the Business and Investing Top 10 were these three titles: 'The Tipping Point' (2002); 'Good to Great' (2001); and 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' (1937).

What do you consider the 'classics' of business literature?


5 comments

Sarah Grimmer - 11/7/2005 3:50:10 PM
Reclaiming Higher Ground - Creating Organizations that Inspire the Soul
Lance Secretan, 1997

This book was responsible for planting the seeds that transformed both my professional and personal life.
jkelly - 11/7/2005 1:44:42 PM
While they're not books in the style of some of the other nominations, i.e. proposing a theory or illustrating a concept, I'd give a nod to:

Barbarians at the Gate
John Helyar and Bryan Burroughs

Anything by Michael Lewis

Sometimes the best lessons come from well-written insightful accounts of scandals (in the case of Barbarians) or the inner workings of a lesser-known world (bond trading, the front office of a baseball team, the mind of an entrepreneur).
Lee White - 11/7/2005 12:17:47 PM
The Practice of Management
Peter Drucker
1954

The Innovator's Dilemma
Clayton Christensen
1997

The Cluetrain Manifesto
2000
SR009 - 11/7/2005 11:17:56 AM
Six Disciplines for Excellence (2004) - Gary Harpst
Frank Patrick - 11/7/2005 6:14:54 AM
The Goal (1984, 1986, 1992) - Eliyahu Goldratt
Slack (2001) - Tom DeMarco

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