1.My years with General Motors by Alfred Sloan.
“This is probably the best book to read if you want to read only one book about business,”
"My Years with General Motors was published in 1963 and straight after that it became a bestseller and one of the books to read for every businessman. Not only this is the story of one of the world´s leading company in the automobile industry, but also it can be used as a successful manual for future business tycoons as it contains the unique experience of a leader who led the company to the prosperity.”
2.Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker
During reddit's AMA Bill Gates said that “Better Angels of Our Nature” is his "favorite book ". He added that "it is very crucial to the reduction in violence and discrimination over time"
Pinker is a Pulitzer finalist and a professor of psychology at Harvard. He cites Biblical references, Grimm's fairy tales, and historical true stories about actual whipping boys meant to take lashes on behalf of royal princes. Full of statistics, and references to history and psychology, Pinker makes an argument against common sense: that our generations are more anti-violent on a moral basis than prior generations. Named a global thinker by Foreign Policy, and a top influencer by Time Magazine, his best books come highly recommended to those who need to wrestle with large concepts.
3.Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
“Not long after I first met Warren Buffet back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. 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 have ever read. John Brooks is still my favorite business writer. (And Warren, if you are reading this, I still have your copy)
Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and reveal the machinations and violate nature of the world of finance. John Brook’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail whether he is looking at the market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well- known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.
4.Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
“I didn’t actually read Catcher in the Rye until I was 13, and ever since then I have said that is my favorite book. It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart about things and see things that adults do not really see. So I have always love it”
Catcher in the Rye is undoubtfully a classical work of the American literature. This novel was the peak of J.D. Salinger's career, as after it was published, he decided to live a life of a hermit. The main character being an expelled student named Holden Caulfield, the book is a first-person story. Though he is just 16, he encounters many events that tend to preclude adults. Catcher in the Rye is about a youth of 1960s, but it is still actual today.
5.A Separate Peace by John Knowles
“My second favorite book is the book by John Knowles called A Separate Peace. And that is a phenomenal book. I have been reading it to my son recently. There is actually a movie made of it that’s fairly good, but I’d say the book is incredibly good.”
The story about two friends, Gene and Phineas, by John Knowles is an undisputed American classic. It tells us about the life of two boys studying in a boarding school in the early 1940s. They face a number of obstacles, making for the life of adults. It is not a very popular book to read, but quite respectable.
6.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Bill and Melinda (his wife) once went to a costume party together. Engraved on the ceiling of their home library is the quote “He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it.” This is one of my favorite fiction books.”
The Great Gatsby, the crowning achievement of the literary career of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set in the Jazz Age, that is, 1920s. This is the story of Jay Gatsby, very wealthy and powerful billionaire, who is in love with Daisy Buchanan. As almost every man of power, Gatsby likes to throw luxurious parties, gather the Beautiful People in his house. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of 20th century literature.
7.Life is What You Make It by Peter Buffett
“Melinda and I have both read it and like it a lot. We have known Peter for many years because of our friendship with Warren and the whole Buffet family. It’s a thoughtful and touching book and we plan on reading it with our children.”
Though the author bears such famous last name, Buffet, he claims that he hasn´t inherited much from his parents, concerning materialistic issues. He was gifted with a family philosophy: "Everybody must find his own way in this life". This warm, mind broadening, and inspirational book asks every reader, what will you choose: the way of least resistance or the way greatest satisfaction? In some sense this is the life story of Peter Buffet himself.
8.That Used to be Us by Thomas Friedman
“That Used to be Us is a fantastic book, and I really encourage people to read it. You will definitely like it if you have liked Thomas Friedman’s column in The New York Times or if you have liked his previous book. This one continues his theme of how the world is changing rapidly, but this one is a bit different in that it focuses specifically on the challenges that these changes pose for the United States and on how the U.S. should respond.”
This book written by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, two quite famous scholars and thinkers, discusses the modern problems that are faced by the USA and the whole world itself. Those are globalization, information revolution, deficits and consumption patterns. The authors come up with several solutions so that the American nation continue to be the Force N1 in the world: collaboration and interchange. The problem is not only in the system itself, but in the minds of the Americans.
9.The Languages instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker
Bill Gates recommends everyone this book to read
Language is a matter that cannot be neglected in everyday life. It is made to communicate. But few people question themselves: what is a language? How is it structurized, who made it, how come we can understand each other? Steven Pinker can answer all those questions. Using multiple examples that are easy to understand, he guides us through the mysterious world of language.
10. The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald R. Keough
“Don’t possess combination of experience, wisdom, self-confidence and self-awareness. His commandments for failure will teach you more about business success than a whole shelf full of books.”