LAUNCH - Personal MBA 2009 + Request for Help!

The 2009 edition of the Personal MBA reading list is live!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.</spanThey are…

The Power of Less by Leo Babauta Brain Rules by John Medina The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz Driven by Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria Smart Choices by John S. Hammond et al Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows The Knack by Norm Brodsky & Bo Burlingham Permission Marketing by Seth Godin I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi Total Leadership by Stewart Friedman Tribes by Seth Godin Accounting Made Simple by Mike Piper Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina Re-Create Your Life by Morty Lefkoe Changing for Good by James O. Prochaska et al

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. Happy reading!


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Published: March 17, 2009Last updated: March 17, 2009

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