Best Entrepreneurship Books

The National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship just came out with its list of best entrepreneurship books published during 2004. Here are a few of the books on the NDE’s reading list, along with a quote of what they say about each book:

buy The Art of the StartThe Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki.
“It is a fun read and full of useful and interesting tidbits for those starting a new business or a new organization.” I wrote a little about the book here, and plan to do a full review of the book soon. This is an excellent book for any startup entrepreneur.

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buy They Made AmericaThey Made America by Harold Evans. “This work is something of a coffee table book about entrepreneurship, chock full of interesting illustrated portraits of fascinating entrepreneurs and innovators like Thomas Edison, George Doriot (a venture capital pioneer), and Ida Rosenthal (inventor of the Maidenform bra).” This one looks like an engrossing read.

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buy I Can't Believe I Get Paid to Do ThisI Can’t Believe I Get Paid to Do This by Stacey Mayo.
“If you feel stuck in a rut and are ready to try something different, this book will be right on target for you.” Anyone who loves their work knows the feeling that this title conveys — it’s a feeling that you simply can’t wait to get back to work.

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buy Innovation and Its DiscontentsInnovation and Its Discontents by Lerner and Jaffe. “As intellectual capital becomes the key ingredient in wealth creation and competitiveness, an effective patent and intellectual property system assumes greater importance as a generator and protector of such wealth. Unfortunately, Lerner and Jaffe find that America’s patent system is not effectively serving such purposes.”

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buy An Empire of WealthAn Empire of Wealth by John Steele Gordon. “An Empire of Wealth offers a popular and easy-to-read history of America’s economic growth.” They say that history is the greatest teacher — there is much to be learned from other people’s successes and failures.

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Just in time for holiday gift giving — buy one for your favorite small business person!


Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

6 Reactions
  1. Bonjour,

    Bonne nouvelle !
    “The Art of the Start” a été traduit en français par Marylène Delbourg Delphis et publié par les EDitions Diateino qui ont acheté les droits de traduction à PENGUIN GROUP.
    A votre disposition pour toute information complémentaire.

    Dominique GIBERT

  2. Anita Campbell

    Editor’s note — The above comment in English says:


    Good news! “The Art of the Start” was translated into French by Marylène Delbourg Delphis and was published by the Diateino Editions which bought the rights of translation to PENGUIN GROUP. At your disposal for any additional information.


    Domenica GIBERT

  3. Very useful things were written here. There are so many business books, that sometimes I don’t know what to choose. It will help. Bookmarked. Thanks!

  4. Just wondering how I might submit my book to you for review? It’s entitled Powered by Principle: Using Core Values to Create World-Class Organizations. I’d be happy to have the feedback (and exposure, of course).
    btw: Your blog is stellar!

  5. A pal recommended me to read this website, brill post, fanstatic read… keep up the good work!

  6. Thanks for the list. I am looking for some books and I stumbled upon your page. This is a good list to start.

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