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10 Books Every MBA Applicant Should Read

Stressed about application deadlines? Want the insider guide to life at business school? If you’re an MBA applicant, here’s 10 books you need to read

Here’s the rub: there are so many books that address virtually any and every topic related to business. You could spend several lifetimes absorbing knowledge without actually ever getting down to the business of doing business.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky suggests that rather than trying to learn everything about a particular topic, it is much more efficient to research and identify the single best source in that field—if you pick the right source, you can fast-forward.

We’ve put together a collection of essential business reading to give prospective students the tools to stand out throughout the MBA application process.

Here’s 10 books every MBA applicant should read:


1. Titan: The life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (Ron Chernow)

Learn from the masters. Good biographies are like mentors in that they have the uncanny ability to influence behavior. As you read about your heroes, you adopt their habits and hopefully learn from their mistakes. John D. Rockefeller was more than the wealthiest man in history, he was also hard-working, disciplined, and a renowned philanthropist. This book is essential for anyone interested in business.


2. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

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