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Twelve Business Books to Read in 2017

Reading recommendations from the Stanford GSB community.
December 6, 2016 | by Natalie White

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A reading list of books written or recommended by Stanford Graduate School of

Business alumni and faculty:

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others
By Jim Collins

Recommended by Hadley Ford (MBA 91)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When

There Are No Easy Answers
By Ben Horowitz

Recommended by Joanna McFarland (MBA 05) and Yi Wang (Stanford Ignite 14)

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched

the Military-Industrial Complex
By Michael Hiltzik

Recommended by Stanford GSB Dean Jonathan Levin

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior
By Jonah Berger (PhD 07)

The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business

By Professor Joel C. Peterson

Lead and Disrupt: How to Solve the Innovators Dilemma

By Professor Charles OReilly and Michael Tushman

Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who

Do the Most with the Least
By Jessica Jackley (MBA 07)

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

By Adam Grant

Recommended by Professor Jennifer Aaker

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

By Dan Jurafsky

Recommended by Professor Glenn Carroll

The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So

Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It
By David Weil

Recommended by Professor Jens Hainmueller

Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

By Ben Goldacre

Recommended by Professor Michal Kosinski

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial
By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera

Recommended by Professor Maureen McNichols

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