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Business Books

This is a list of business books that will, according to this Kaufman guy, effectively replace the MBA (which he believes in worthless). I’m posting it here so I have it somewhere. I thought some of you might find this edifying as well.

Here’s a selected portion of Kaufman’s 99 best business books by category.


Accounting Made Easy by Mike Piper

Essentials of Accounting by Robert N. Anthony and Leslie K. Breitner

The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course in Finance by Robert A. Cooke

How to Read a Financial Report by John Tracy


How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

Principles of Statistics by M.G. Bulmer


Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies by Nikos Mourkogiannis

Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chain Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Green to Gold by David Esty and Andrew Winston

Seeing What’s Next by Clayton M. Christensen, Erik A. Roth, and Scott D. Anthony


First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter

Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen

Hiring Smart by Pierre Mornell

The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker


All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin

Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got by Jay Abraham


The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun

Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker


Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

The Knack by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

Bankable Business Plan by Edward Rogoff


Tribes by Seth Godin

Total Leadership by Stewart Friedman

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan by Jayme A. Check et al

The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig

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