LAUNCH - Personal MBA 2009 + Request for Help!

The 2009 edition of the Personal MBA reading list is live! Check out the updates to the manifesto, as well as the recommended reading list.

Major Changes

  • Each book now has its own summary page, making browsing significantly easier.
  • The design of the list has been updated to improve readability and navigation.
  • The “Business History” and “Business Reference” sections of the list have been eliminated due to lack of use. As a result, this edition is a net reduction in recommended books, even with the new additions this year.

New Books

This edition features 15 new books. They are…

Future Updates

This list of recommendations has developed a great deal over the past four years. As a result, we’re rapidly approaching the point of diminishing returns when it comes to huge annual updates. Future changes to the list will happen incrementally, with a maximum cap of 99 recommended resources. (The list is currently at 94 recommended books.) I expect that a few books will be added over time, and books will be removed if they go out of print. Otherwise, I expect this incarnation of the list to be stable.

New Feature: Business Book Recommender

The Personal MBA Business Book Recommender is a beta feature designed to help identify the best book for you, based on your current question or interest. My goal for this page is to help you find a great business book in 30 seconds or less.

To develop this great new feature, I need your help! Instead of answering questions I think people will ask, I want to focus on answering the questions you actually have. If you’d like to help me build the Personal MBA Business Book Recommender, all you need to do is contact me with your question, and I’ll add the response to the recommender.

Happy reading!


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Personal MBA book

THE PERSONAL MBA
Master the Art of Business

The #1 International Bestseller, Revised & Expanded. A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then go out into the world and make your own. More...



First 20 Hours book

THE FIRST 20 HOURS
How to Learn Anything... Fast!

A practitioner's guide to rapid skill acquisition. Accelerate your learning by deconstructing complex skills, practicing the most important elements first, and removing barriers to deliberate practice. What do you want to learn? More...