What will be the Best Business Books of 2017?

Can we predict what the best business books will be in 2017? Should you read new books or have the best business books already been written?

In the end, we chose 3 books that may surprise you.

Our Predictions: The Top 3 Business Books to Read in 2017

While not yet on current bestseller lists, the books above are gaining ground online, mentioned in social media, and speak to the needs of our current business culture.

As the conversation about these books grows we expect critics and notable websites to accelerate readership for these titles.

In a way, all of these books have a theme of taking a step back and re-evaluating our environment. Perhaps the changing political landscape was the catalyst for books like these. And maybe these books offer a perspective of what we should do versus what we could do in business and in life.

How did we choose the “best” books?

We made our predictions for this year’s best books based on several factors. Our research looked something like this:

  1. Get a sense of what business books are selling well at popular stores
  2. Check out what people are saying about these books – do any stand out?
  3. Out of those books that do stand out, are people talking about them online?
  4. What is happening in the world that may influence readers?

Bestselling Business Books on Amazon

Amazon’s bestseller list was an obvious place to begin our research. Our focus is also on printed books, so we’re excluding digital copies and audiobooks for this round.

That means the standard bestseller Amazon book list wouldn’t work for our research since it’s a mix of books in all forms, including Kindle.

Instead, we used Amazon’s custom search tools to display only books available in print – you know, old school.

Here are the business books we found, in the order Amazon gave us. And to be transparent, we’re not going to read all of these so our predictions are based on things like bestseller data, reviews, and social media conversations.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook (preview)

Feb 28, 2017

by Tony Robbins

What we think this book is about: Investing during a crazy time in our world, preparing for uncertainty in the stock market and business in general, and maybe some thoughts about changing your point of view on life itself. Deep.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers (preview)

Dec 6, 2016

by Timothy Ferriss and Arnold Schwarzenegger

What we think this book is about: This book is about learning by example, with 4 main sections: How to use it, living healthy, being financially successful, and making smart life choices overall. Scanning through the preview of this book, it looks like it could be an awesome blog post or full-blown website of curated content from very rich and smart people.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 (preview)

Feb 1, 2007

by Tom Rath

What we think this book is about: This book appears to take a unique approach on how to improve your life. Instead of “fixing” what’s broken, it challenges its readers to improve on the positives. From other books we’ve read on things like depression, where the author recommends saying, “Thank you for being supportive” versus “I’m sorry I’m such a burden.” Accelerating positive momentum seems a lot smarter than going from reverse into drive when things aren’t working in business and in life.

The Million Dollar Decision: Get Out of the Rigged Game of Investing and Add a Million to Your Net Worth (preview not available)

Mar 14, 2017

by Robert Rolih

What we think this book is about: Rolih’s purpose is to teach busy professionals the ins and outs of the financial industry. He ties his negative experience with the financial industry and exposes how the financial industry took advantage of his hard-earned money. He reveals to readers how financial “gurus” and the industry are unfairly profiting off your investments. By using his methodology, readers, new to the financial world, as well as more seasoned business entrepreneurs, will gain revealing insights to the financial industry. Rolih’s goal is to instill knowledge upon readers that will prevent them from financial losses.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (preview)

Oct 14, 2014

by Marie Kondo

What we think of this book: Maria Kondo, a cleaning consultant from Japan, takes us through a new approach to decluttering our homes and lives. In her approach, you will only have to tidy, simplify and organize your home once! Rather than the typical approach to decluttering, Marie walks readers through a category-by-category system that many have found to lead to long lasting results eliminating the need to tidy up time and time again. She helps readers figure out which items in their homes “spark joy” in their life. This approach helps them eliminate the clutter, leading to a spruced up home and an improved state of mind.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (preview)

Nov 19, 2013

by Stephen R. Covey

What we think this book is about: This book covers how to be successful in your professional and personal life using holistic approaches. By slowly incorporating Covey’s “7 habits” in your life, you are closer to achieving a more fulfilling life. The author emphasizes on techniques that puts an emphasis on taking initiative in the workplace and home.

Trump’s War: His Battle for America (preview)

Mar 14, 2017

by Michael Savage

What we think this book is about: This book appears to be a celebration of Trump’s victory in the 2016 general election. Politics aside, this book does not appear to be about business, so its entry in this list as guided by Amazon does not make much sense. If you want an opinionated political book, this one is probably for you but will likely not make our top 10 business books.

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (preview)

Feb 21, 2006

by Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig

What we think this book is about: The title of this book seems to say it all, but the audience appears to be geared towards more advanced investors. As general business books go, this one seems too narrow in scope to influence a lot of people as it doesn’t look like it touches on general business or life improvements.

Thinking, Fast and Slow (preview)

Apr 2, 2013

by Daniel Kahneman

What we think this book is about: Kahneman, a renowned psychologist, dissects the way the human mind works. He explains that human beings utilize two systems of thinking: System 1 and System 2. System 1 is “fast, intuitive and emotional,” whereas, System 2 is “slower, more deliberative and more logical.” He emphasizes that human beings have the tendency to think impulsively and that it is necessary to be incorporate “slow thinking” in order to make better professional and life decisions. Kahneman offers various strategies to avoid making impulsive decisions that can cause turmoil.

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (preview)

Nov 22, 2016

by Thomas L. Friedman

What we think this book is about: There are a lot of changes in the 21st century. The rapid changes in our society can be very difficult to adjust to and take a toll on our physical and mental health. Fried presents useful coping mechanisms to learn to endure and change with climate change, dependency on the economy and new technology. Friedman describes a world where “politics worked and joining the middle class was an achievable goal.” Due to these changes, Friedman suggests that we, as a society, should become more innovative and creative to adjust and adapt to our surroundings.

Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions (no preview available)

Jul 1, 2015

by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

What we think this book is about: This book looks to assist coders in preparing for job interviews. While focused on a particular industry, this book may have generalized tips for prepping for interviews.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (preview)

Dec 27, 2011

by Simon Sinek

What we think this book is about: This book focuses on leadership, more specifically, why leaders are chosen by those who follow them. The preview outlines some very high-level and philosophical ideas, but there appear to be tactics buried within each section that speak to motivating others with authenticity versus manipulation.

Bestselling Books about Business at Barnes & Noble

Heading to B&N? Good coffee and a good book? Sign me up! But for thisBarnes & Noble Web Chat post, we’re going to rely on the Barnes & Noble website.

(And just for fun we bothered someone on Barnes & Noble web chat, who was very helpful.)


Drumroll, please…

StrengthsFinder 2.0 (02/20/2007)

by Tom Rath

The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People (08/01/2004)

by Kevin Leman

What we think this book is about: When a cub reporter meets with America’s most respected CEO, he leaves armed with the 7 secrets that the successful businessman learned from his mentor, a brilliant professor. This humorous story teaches leaders about the infusion of work and meaningfulness, with the goal of offering employees a quality work experience rather than just a job.

Additional Business Books to Consider

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (09/28/1998)

by Spencer Johnson

Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America (01/17/2017)

by David Horowitz

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook (Signed Book) (02/28/2017)

by Tony Robbins

Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not): A Parents’ Guide for Kids 3 to 23 (02/07/2017)

by Beth Kobliner

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (06/16/2009)

by Travis Bradberry

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (01/07/2014)

by Charles Duhigg

Think and Grow Rich (08/18/2005)

by Napoleon Hill

Six Thinking Hats (09/13/1999)

by Edward de Bono

How to Win Friends and Influence People (10/01/1998)

by Dale Carnegie

No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity (Signed Book) (03/07/2017)

by John C. Maxwell

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (05/27/2014)

by Sean Covey

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (04/05/2002)

by Patrick M. Lencioni

This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class (Signed Book) (04/18/2017)

by Elizabeth Warren

The Leader in Me: How Schools Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time (08/19/2014)

by Stephen R. Covey

The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential (09/03/2013)

by John C. Maxwell

The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea (10/06/2015)

by Bob Burg

Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton’s Failed Campaign and Donald Trump’s Winning Strategy (02/28/2017)

by Doug Wead

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not! (06/14/2011)

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

What makes a good book about business, anyway?

  • People – Reviews? Other websites? Books about staffing/building a team?

Books about business are often about more than that: people, time, news, life – everything that revolves around business is what matters.

What were the best business books of 2016 (according to The New York Times)


by Steve Case

Simon & Schuster



by Tony Robbins

Simon & Schuster



by Dan Lyons

Hachette Books



by Phil Knight




by Jonathan and Drew Scott

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



by Charles Duhigg

Random House



by Adam Grant




by Michael Lewis




by Ashlee Vance




by Malcolm Gladwell

Back Bay/Little, Brown