As part of my work as a publisher and podcaster I get to read lots of books and interview some great authors. The following three books somehow made my top three list for the year, although ask me on another day and the list could change.

iraArt of LearningHarmonic Wealth

Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely – Gets at the heart of why we do what we do. Fascinating marketing stuff inside this book.

The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin – Taught me a bit about the way people master things – great story too. (Josh on Duct Tape Podcast)

Harmonic Wealth – James Aurthur Ray – Good approach to the art of attracting wealth.

So, what were your favorite business books this year. Any surprises?

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John Jantsch

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network.
  • Thanks for sharing! Now I have a few more books to add to the must read list.

  • Those definitely look like good reads. Thanks a lot for the list.

  • I would say my favorite books this year are – Groundswell, Tribes by Seth Godin, Outliners by Gladwell

  • As David mentioned already: thanks for enhancing my “to read”-list. ^^

    My favs for 2008 are “a whole new mind” by Daniel H. Pink, “Presentation Zen” by Garr Raynolds and still the good old “made to stick” by Chip and Dan Heath.

  • It’s a few years old, but I’m partial to this book:

    I don’t think the insights contained therein have yet been completely metabolized by the social media culture.

  • Good list. I’ll add to my reading list! One of my favorite business books (which isn’t recent, but is absolutely still relevant), is a business book called “The Frog and the Prince; Secrets of Positive Networking” by Darcy Rezac. This is a book on the power of offline networking; face to face. A great book that I pull out a read at least once a year.

  • My top business book of the year would be Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson, an absolute gem for entrepreneurs.

  • John Jantsch

    @Jean – Read all three of those and agree that are good ones.

    @Elliot – I think it’s a case of the author being ahead of the curve with this one.

  • Sassenach

    Africa Rising: How 900 million consumers offer more than you think by Vijay Mahajan– thought provoking, not just about the African market, but about the benefits of adapting to a consumer’s needs rather than dismissing an entire market as too small.

  • Glad you shared this, John.

    I wonder if you felt there were simply great reads or if they made specific impact on how you think, act, and/or run your business for 2008 or the coming New Year.

  • John Jantsch

    @Tshombe – I guess a little of both – if they do not directly impact my thinking they all play a role indirectly in how I think about my business and in some ways myself now and into the future

  • The Art of Learning is a great ready, highly recommend it!!

  • Hi John,
    I like “The Art of Learning” book. Ohya, maybe you can make a little review for another book? So that I know which one better I buy hehe 🙂

  • Oi! So many books, so little time. Thank you for narrowing the list of must-reads down for us. I think the one that I’ll be looking at appropriating first would be Harmonic Wealth by James Arthur Ray.

  • Here are two more FREE books to add to the list. Both are free. Both can transform any business.
    The first is the “Criteria for Performance Excellence.” Its the book from the Malcolm Baldrige Award. Available for free PDF download at:
    The second is “On The System: The End of the Disorganized-Organization.” Available for free PDF download at:
    If you are a leader of manager who is serious about learning how to transform your disorganized-organization into a finely tuned machine, then these are the books for you.

  • moore102205

    best business book website has everything used, and as a business man i know that a used book is as good as a new book.

  • Excellent post. Thanks a lot for the great list. I would say my favorite books this year are – Groundswell, Tribes by Seth Godin, Outliners by Gladwell. Thanks for the informative post.

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