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CEOs lead some of the busiest lives in the business world, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have time to curl up with a book (or e-reader).What are some of their favourite reads? Many of them reference business books as sources of inspiration, but others are partial to fiction or sci-fi.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of the country's largest virtual bookstore and the Kindle device, told Fast Company in 2001 that he typically bought 10 books per month. He listed his favourites as business book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras and fiction novel The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
'If you read The Remains of the Day, which is one of my favourite books, you can't help but come away and think, I just spent 10 hours living an alternate life and I learned something about life and about regret,' Bezos said in a 2009 interview with Newsweek.
Hsieh, CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com, told USA Today in 2010 that one of his favourite books is Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving organisation by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright.
'Tribal Leadership codifies a lot of what we've been doing instinctually and provides a great framework for all companies to bring company culture to the next level,' he said. Other books he mentioned include Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow by Chip Conley and The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt.
Gates has frequently listed J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as his favourite novel. 'I didn't actually read Catcher in the Rye until I was 13, and ever since then I've said that's my favourite book,' he said in an interview with the Academy of Achievement.
'It's very clever. It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart about things and see things that adults don't really see. So I've always loved it.'
'I remember reading this book and then going to class and not being able to shut up about it,' she said, according to The Baltimore Sun. 'I read it in eighth or ninth grade, and I was trying to push the book off on other kids. So it makes sense to me that now I have a book club, because I have been doing that since probably this book.'
In Berkshire-Hathaway's 2003 annual report, Buffett recommended to investors some of his favourite books, which include Bull! by Maggie Mahar, The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind and In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington by Robert Rubin and Jacob Weisberg.
Trump named The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale as his favourite book, according to ShortList Magazine. This book inspired Trump at his lowest moment when he was billions of dollars in debt. He told Psychology Today:
My father was friends with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and I had read his famous book, The Power of Positive Thinking. I'm a cautious optimist but also a firm believer in the power of being positive. I think that helped. I refused to be sucked into negative thinking on any level, even when the indications weren't great. That was a good lesson because I emerged on a very victorious level. It's a good way to go.
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