9 Books Which You Can’t Miss Reading Before Going to B-School

I have been asked these questions a lot of times. The wordings of the questions are different but the underlying query is the same. I am sure you might also have similar below stated questions in your mind –

  • What books should I read before I go to MBA College? Or,
  • Suggest me the best books before I go for my MBA? Or,
  • Good books to read prior to MBA, or,
  • Interesting books to read to develop reading habits before I go to B-School

Today I thought of writing this post with these questions in mind to help everyone B-School aspirants. I believe you need to be a voracious reader to be successful as a manager. I am giving you a list of books which I feel is must read for every MBA aspirant. So here goes the list –

List of Best Books for MBA aspirants

Book #1 – The Ten-Day MBA: A Step-By-Step Guide To Mastering The Skills Taught In America’s Top Business Schools 

By Steven A. Silbiger – This book includes the latest topics taught at top business schools across the world, including leadership, corporate ethics and compliance, financial planning, and real estate. The book is written in a very lucid manner and is easy to understand for students from any background.It enables readers to absorb the material, speak the language, and acquire the confidence and experience needed to succeed in the competitive environment of good b-schools like IIMs. –
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Book #2 – How to Win Friends and Influence People ­

By Dale Carnegie – In the human relationships and communication skills world, the best book to read is this. According to wikipedia’s list of best selling books, more than 15 million copies have been sold world wide –
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If you’re a girl there’s another interesting book for you, How to Win Friend and Influence People for Girls – By Donna Dale Carnegie –

Book #3 – The Fountainhead

By Ayn Rand – Without getting philosophical this book has amazing power of changing the way you look at the world. This is one of the most influential books I have read. You will understand what I mean after reading the complete book –

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Book #4 – The Alchemist  by Paulo Coelho

The central theme of this fable is when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. A must read for all aspiring managers – 
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Book #5 – Rich Dad Poor Dad

Simple yet powerful lessons on managing money, entrepreneurship and much more by Robert T. Kiyosaki –
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Book #6 – The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life. By Malcolm Gladwell –
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If you are interested in finance, especially investing and want your MBA interview to be directed in that direction you can read these couple of books –

Book #7 – The Intelligent Investor

The author of this phenomenal book is widely regarded as one of the greatest investment advisors of the twentieth century. He shares his philosophy of value investing, a concept that can protect investors from considerable errors and subsequent losses. By Benjamin Graham –
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Book #8 – One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market

America’s most successful money manager tells how average investors can beat the pros by using what they know. Author Peter Lynch –
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If you’re from non-commerce background first trimester / semester might be a night mere without any knowledge of accounts. Hence here is the simplest book on account –

Book #9 – Accounting Made Easy

This awesome book provides a simple and easy-to-assimilate introduction to the subject of Financial Accounting. The structure of the book has been defined and built around two levels. The first level helps the readers to build an understanding of accounting in a step-by-step manner. The second level builds a bridge between the accounting learnt in the first level and the real-world accounting. By Rajesh Agarwal, R Srinivasan –
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In my earlier posts I have also written about the best books for CAT preparation and books for MAT preparation.

Suggest books to be read before going for an MBA by posting a comment below. 

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Vineet Patawari

Hi, I'm Vineet Patawari. I fell in love with numbers after being scared of them for quite some time. Now, I'm here to make you feel comfortable with numbers and help you get rid of Math Phobia!

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