Of Books and Branches: Here’s Your Fall Reading List

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As summer comes to an end, there’s no need to stow away all the titles on your summer reading list that you may not have gotten to. In fact, as leaders in business, it’s our responsibility to be actively learning all year long. That’s why I put together this Fall Reading List, an aggregation of recommendations from some of the top leaders in business. Start this season a little smarter with these great reads:

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
By John Brooks
Recommended by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet
“Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business,” Bill Gates wrote in an article on GatesNotes, titled “The Best Business Book I’ve Ever Read.” “He didn’t miss a beat: ‘It’s Business Adventures, by John Brooks,’ he said. ‘I’ll send you my copy.’ I was intrigued: I had never heard of Business Adventures or John Brooks. Today, more than two decades after Warren lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published —Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read. John Brooks is still my favorite business writer.”

 

The Emperor’s Handbook
By Marcus Aurelius
Recommended by Steve Forbes
A compilation of personal notes (that were never meant to be published) from Marcus Aurelius, this translation offers timeless quotes and idioms from one of the most powerful individuals in history. “A must read for business readers,” touted Steve Forbes. “This is a fantastic achievement.”

 

 

 

The Remains of the Day
By Kazuo Ishiguro
Recommended by Jeff Bezos
Centered around a butler in post-World War II England as his service – and the era of butlers as a whole – comes to an end, this novel is at the top of the list for Amazon’s CEO. “If you read The Remains of the Day, which is one of my favorite books, you can’t help but come away and think, I just spent 10 hours living an alternate life and I learned something about life and about regret,” he told Newsweek.

 

 

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
By Clayton M. Christensen
Recommended by Steve Jobs and Mike Bloomberg
Well-known as a huge influence in Steve Jobs’ life and business, The Innovator’s Dilemma, is widely hailed as a classic and a must-read for business leaders. “Absolutely brilliant,” Mike Bloomberg said. “Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company’s future success.”

 

 

 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
By Daniel James Brown
Recommended by James Gorman
A true story about the 1936 Olympics and the unlikely team of Americans who defeated the Nazis in rowing, The Boys in the Boat is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ’36.” “One should never underestimate what the determined amateur can do when armed with a professional attitude,” Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman said of the book in Financial Advisor Magazine.

 

 

The Art of Happiness
By the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler
Recommended by Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn
Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, the Dalai Lama, described by many as one of the happiest people on earth, explores the many facets of relationships, loss, and life. Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, said of the book in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, “That’s where I learned the true definition of compassion and the difference between compassion and empathy and how important it is to aspire to live compassionately and manage compassionately,”

 

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my summer reading lists from last year and the year before. They’re good all year round.

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