【英文完整版75本】The Smartest Books We Know (FORTUNE Magazine)

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In a perfect world, we’d each have our own consigliere. You know, a Robert Duvall, an oracle of Delphi–someone to follow us around 24/7 and whisper wise words. Paper, not plastic. Google, not Infoseek. No, your boss will not enjoy your Mr. Burns impression.

But wait. You do have a wise counselor at your disposal–one that will sit patiently until called upon and even fit in your bag. It’s called a book. During the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, John F. Kennedy took counsel from Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August and its account of Europe’s stumble into World War I. “I am not going to follow a course,” the President told his brother, “which will allow anyone to write a comparable book about this time, The Missiles of October.”

You can't always have the perfect book at the ready. But you can have the perfect reading list on hand. Which is why FORTUNE called upon its staffers to select 75 books that will stir your brain--and maybe even stir you to action.

This isn't some dusty business-book Hall of Fame. For one, some of these "business books" aren't really about business. Barnes & Noble might shelve Michael Lewis's Moneyball in the sports section, but it has more to say about investing (and hiring) than any consultant's text. Also, it's not boring. My Years at General Motors is boring--even if it is a classic.

Some classics we love. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator was penned in 1923, but it still holds its own next to Barbarians at the Gate. Neither of those is a how-to book--and in general, we've avoided titles that self-consciously dispense wisdom in favor of those that embed it in a great read. And there's nothing better than the source. Because why read about Warren Buffett when you can read Warren Buffett himself?

It would, of course, take about 75 years to read everything here. But here's our own piece of advice: Don't resist starting a book just because you don't have time to finish it. Open the cover. Read the intro. Skip to Chapter 9. Or simply save this list and put it in a drawer. Because there's gold in them thar books. And they're just waiting for you to mine it.

[1-4] Booms and Busts

[5-8] The Corporation

[9-13] Decision-Making

[14-18] Economics

[19-23] Ethics

[24-29] Globalization

[30-33] Investing

[34-38] Leadership

[39-43] Negotiating and Managing

[44-47] Office Politics

[48-52] Power

[53-56] Project Management

[57-61] Strategy

[62-66] Technology and Innovation

[67-71] Wall Street

[72-75] Work and Life
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