One Line Summaries of 100 Business Books

Business Books by People of Color

LEAPFROG: THE NEW REVOLUTION FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS by Nathalie Molina Nino and Sara Grace – A collection of business hacks to help you leap over a variety of obstacles.

DEBTERMINED by Jayson Lo – Jayson Lo teaches you how to take charge of your finances by recounting his own experience with debt.

SELF MADE by Nely Galan -Teaching women how to be trailblazers in the business world, Nely Galan explores what it means to be self-made.

WE SHOULD ALL BE MILLIONAIRES by Rachel Rodgers -Rachel Rodgers details a realistic blueprint to build your success.

THE PATH MADE CLEAR by Oprah Winfrey – Oprah guides you to become the greatest you can be.

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL CONSUMER by Tara-Nicole Nelson – This book elucidates an influential type of consumer.

THE POWER OF BROKE by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner – Explains the hidden advantage of starting a business on a limited budget.

RISE AND GRIND by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner – Illustrates the role of hard work in success.

THE WEALTH CHOICE by Dennis Kimbro – Teaches wealth-generating mindsets and habits.

REALLIONAIRE by Farrah Gray – Gray shares his story of success whilst sharing the principles he learned along the way.

Business Books by Women

THE FEARLESS ORGANIZATION by Amy Edmonson – Guides companies and teams to success in the current economy.

#GIRLBOSS BY Sophia Amoruso – Amoruso pens her story of going from a high school dropout to a prominent name in fashion.

SHARK TALES by Barbara Corcoran – The real estate giant shares her advice for those starting a business.

HOW WOMEN RISE by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith – This book will teach you how to break 12 habits that hinder your career.

GIRL CODE by Cara Alwill Leyba – An entertaining roadmap for women becoming entrepreneurs.

WOMENOMICS by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay – Shows the current business trends that allow women to shape success.

THE CONFIDENCE CODE by Katty Kay – Emphasizes the importance of confidence in yourself for your career.

THRIVE by Ariana Huffington – The co-founder of Huffington Post shares her strategies to success.

LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg – Sheryl shares anecdotes about her road to success while incorporating practical advice for achieving one’s goals.

GRIT by Angela Duckworth – The psychologist points out the qualities that lead to success and achievement.

MUMBOSS by Vicki Broadbent – The titular Mumboss shares her secrets to happiness and success at home and at work.

OWN IT by Sallie Krawcheck – This book redefines the rules of success for women in the ever-evolving world of business.

WOMEN WHO LAUNCH by Marlene Wagman-Geller – You’re sure to find inspiration in the stories of women entrepreneurship throughout history.

RICH BITCH by Nicole Lapin – The personable Nicole Lapin posits her 12 step plan for getting your money in order, without the boring jargon.

IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN by Grace Bonny – Women describe their success stories in this inspirational book dripping in knowledge.

BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL by Anita Roddick – The controversial entrepreneur shares her experience running The Body Shop through its highs and lows.

Useful for startups

THE LEAN STARTUP by Eric Ries – Seasoned entrepreneur Ries divulges his lean startup strategy for companies coming out the gate.

WHO by Geoff Smart and Randy Street – With unsuccessful hiring plaguing the business world, this book will offer key insights on how to hire well.

THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS by Ben Horowitz – Practical and brutally honest advice about the pains of running a business.

REWORK by Jason Fried – A versatile book that will have useful info for startups and established companies alike.

THE $100 STARTUP by Chris Guillebeau – Businesses can come from anywhere, even one’s passions that can turn a profit as told by Guillebeau

MASTERING THE VC GAME by Jeffery Bussgang – Learn how to impress venture capitalists and close a deal on your terms.

START WITH WHY by Simon Sinek – This book will illustrate how inspiration can be the impetus for great causes and businesses.

THE FOUNDER’S DILEMMAS by Noam T Wasserman – Shines a light on the hidden pitfalls that can ruin a startup, and how to avoid them.

START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS by Blake Mycoskie – Guide to starting a business you love, that will have a positive impact, and will make money.

ZERO TO ONE by Peter Thiel – A collection of notes about how to run a startup and plan for its future.

FOUNDERS AT WORK by Jessica Livingston – Engaging interviews with founders of successful startups.

Business & Leadership

THINKING FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman – How to balance instinctive impulses with deep and intuitive thought.

WHO MOVED MY CHEESE by Spencer Johnson – This book details how change can become an opportunity for the adaptive business.

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie – Learning the skills in this book can prove beneficial in leading a business.

BUSINESS ADVENTURES by John Brooks – A key book on understanding the ins and outs of corporate life.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2.0 by Travis Bradberry – Emotional Intelligence and how it applies to business.

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne – Finding untapped markets will be better for your business than competing with other companies, according to this book.

TOO BIG TO FALL by Andrew Ross Sorkin – A harrowing account about one of the worst economic crises to date.

BUILT TO LAST by Jim Collins – Examines multiple successful companies and highlights the key to their longevity.

THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen R. Covey -How personal change can radically affect aspects of your life.

THE WISDOM OF FAILURE by Jim Collins – Examines the decisions of failed companies and the knowledge to be gleaned from them.

THE BLACK SWAN by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Proves that highly improbable events can hold the most impact.

LEADERSHIP AND SELF DECEPTION by Arbinger Institute – Teaches how to properly assess your skills without becoming blind to the truth

THINK AND GROW RICH! by Napoleon Hill – An analysis of the behaviors and tactics of billionaires.

THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP by John C Maxwell – Condenses leadership into 21 strict laws to follow.

DARING GREATLY by Brene Brown – teaches readers that courage and vulnerability can lead to better leadership and love.

RESET by Ellen Pao – A book detailing one woman’s experience with discrimination dealing with a venture capitalist in Silicone Valley.

THE WEALTH NATIONS by Adam Smith – Explains the fundamentals and origins of a nation’s wealth.

QUIET LEADERSHIP by David Roth – This book champions intuitive thought and deep decision-making and lists the benefits of both.

BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou – A thrilling book recounting the story of Elizabeth Holmes and her ineffective tech.

LEADERS EAT LAST by Simon Sinek – A book that inspires its readers to become better leaders.

DRIVE-BY Daniel Pink = DZAswives into what motivates us as people and how it drives us to action.

RADICAL CANDOR by Kim Scott – Radical Candor teaches the perfect balance between the different approaches to be a leader.

GOOD TO GREAT by Jim Collins – A study involving management tactics, with its surprising findings.

WINNERS TAKE ALL by Anand Giridharadas – How what the book describes as the global elite is failing to solve major problems in the world.

LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE by Stacy Abrams – A guide to leading for those who are outsiders in the world of business and marginalized groups.

THE MAKING OF A MANAGER by Julie Zhou – This tech leader details what it takes to be a good manager.

GIVE AND TAKE by Adam Grant – Revolutionizes how we view personal success in the industry.

Books by CEOs

MY YEARS WITH GENERAL MOTORS by Alfred Sloan – A fascinating memoir of the man who ran the revolutionary car company.

BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF THOUGHT by Bill Gates – A true visionary, the founder of Microsoft predicted the businesses evolving in the digital age.

POUR YOUR HEART INTO IT by Howard Schultz – The CEO of Starbucks recounts his principles on how he built the largest coffee empire.

SMART PEOPLE SHOULD BUILD THINGS by Andrew Yang – The CEO of Venture America proposes his idea of how to fix America’s economy.

TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU by David C Novak – Former CEO of Yum! Foods express that these big accomplishments can’t be done alone.

THE IMPACT EQUATION by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith – This book will teach you how to stand out in a widening sea of voices.

RAISING THE BAR by Gary Erickson – The man behind the iconic Clif bar recounts the story of his company.

CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia – A book detailing how Capitalism can help create a more positive environment for people.

WINNING by Jack Welch & Suzy Welch – The business executive’s book about management.

STRAIGHT FROM THE GUT by Jack Welch and John A Byrne – The story of how Welch revolutionized General Electronics for the better.

THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME by Robert Iger – The former CEO of Disney shares what it was like at the head of the massive corporation.

SHOE DOG by Phil Knight – A memoir by Nike’s co-founder that exposes what the often bloody road to success is really like.

DELIVERING HAPPINESS by Tony Hsieh – This book details the founding of Hsieh’s businesses LinkExchange and Zappos.

SETTING THE TABLE by Danny Meyer – Although written by a legendary restauranteur, the advice in this book can be used by any business.

MADE IN AMERICA by Sam Walton – An Autobiography about the man who founded the successful department store Walmart.

THE OUTSIDERS by William Thorndike – Though not written by a CEO this book tells the story of 8 unconventional yet successful CEOs.

Other Business Books

Linchpin by Seth Godin – Godin teaches the reader how to become a Linchpin: an indispensable person in the company.

When by Daniel Pink – This book uses science and research to help you form the ideal schedule, and answer the omnipresent question of _when?_

Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi – This book teaches the reader the titular “success habits” that will elevate you into abundance.

Atomic Habits by James Clear – Clear demonstrates through this book that the tiny habits we have can create a huge impact in our lives.

The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss – Ferriss who is an entrepreneur offers a new way to live, one unburdened by long hours of work.

Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blunt – Entrepreneurs will benefit from the prospecting skills Blunt teaches in this essential book.

Before Happiness by Shawn Achor- A book detailing how important it is to see positivity and recognize the change that can make it happen.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero – A wild journey through the concepts and understanding you need to unlock your full potential.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Letcher – Kiyosaki’s book focuses on the importance of being knowledgeable about finances.

Deep Work by Carl Newport – teaches how you can achieve “deep work” a state where you are not easily distracted during mentally tough tasks.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – This book highlights the stand-out factors that promote winning and success.

The Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe – This recent release walks the reader through the Sackler family’s story and their role in an epidemic.

First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham – How to keep your employees satisfied and being a good manager.

Your Next Five Moves by Greg Dinkin and Patrick Bet-David – A practical guide to understanding and properly utilizing business strategy.

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman – A trove of knowledge and experience, Josh Kaufman can teach you more about business than a college course.

The Business Book: Big Ideas Explained Simply – More for beginners, this big book of business helps break down complex concepts.

Grinding It Out by Ray Croc – Ray Croc details the very making of the world’s most iconic fast-food chain.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni – Unless you operate by yourself, this book will teach you to obviate the pitfalls in many team dynamics.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – The autobiography of Apple’s co-founder and how their most iconic products came to be.

Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferris – Examining some of the world’s most successful and powerful people, and the tools that helped them get there.