Best Business Fiction Books

Book rating updated 9.05.2024

Best business fiction books of all time sorted by rating. Popular fiction books for businessmen recommended by Steve Jobs, Mr. Beast, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Emma Watson and other famous people. Broaden your perspective!

  1. Atlas Shrugged

    19 942 ratings

    A world where bit by bit everything in life is more and more controlled by the government, and the most brilliant minds in industry and science are vanishing. The mystery unravels through the eyes of Dagny Taggart, a railroad executive in continuous struggle to keep afloat the business, which seems to drown in such chaotic elements. The issues that are taken up by the plot include individualism, freedom, and the human mind in the course of existence. Who is John Galt? That was the question the whole world found on its lips as it collapsed under the load of regulations and the mediocrity this breeding ground fostered. This becomes the key to the discovery of a mass exodus of the world's innovators, and the road to a new way of life.

  2. The Fountainhead

    10 644 ratings

    On one level, a story of individualism and creativity, it is about an uncompromising young architect who battles against conventional standards and who is determined to triumph on terms that are his alone. Struggling with these issues and with his associates, the character of the book embodies objectivism, not its political aspects, but the deeper concerns for personal integrity and the realization of one's own well-being as the moral purpose in life.

  3. The Phoenix Project

    20 332 ratings

    A novel incorporating DevOps and IT management principles within the story of an IT manager who has to save a critical project from failure. This is a fictional case study applying DevOps practices for better collaboration, efficiency, and value delivery to business. Experience relevant lessons in leadership, dynamics in teams, and continuous improvement.

  4. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    13 154 ratings

    In this keen guide, Patrick Lencioni unveils the key barriers that get in the way of teams reaching peak performance. In a simple and gripping fable, the book describes the basics of the problems, which so many teams undergo: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of responsibility, and lack of attention to results. Lencioni gives practical answers to overcoming these barriers, by stressing the vulnerability, open communication, and shared goals. This book is a must-read for any individual with a desire to transform their team into a unit that is harmonious and efficient.

  5. The Goal

    7 377 ratings
    Recommended by: Jeff Bezos, Mr. Beast

    This novel dwells around the protagonist, who is a plant manager, and finds himself in a tough spot as the factories are to be closed. Through his journey, he goes to the extreme with learning a unique philosophy on management that does not just ensure salvation of his plant but also provides deep insights into personal and professional productivity. He focuses on throughput, inventory and operational expense to remarkable improvements since redefining what the true goal of a business should be. This is no ordinary factory-saving story; it's a guide to understanding the principles that can turn around any business operation.

  6. Noble House

    4 495 ratings

    Taking place in Hong Kong in the 1960s, the novel chronicles the lives of two rival businessmen who vie for power over the city's trade and politics. The grandiose history of Hong Kong winds through the themes of power, loyalty, and the clash of cultures. A captivating tale of adventure, romance, and intrigue.

  7. The Financier

    590 ratings

    Here we shall be tracing the life of an ambitious, young man named Frank Cowperwood, as he steps into the world of finance in Philadelphia. His shrewd mind and ruthless tactics allow him to take strides up the ladder of finances quickly. However, with the same comes success mixed with failures. Legal issues, a hot relationship, and the vulnerability of the money markets combine to make his life a rollercoaster. It is the exploration of greed, ambition, and the American dream through his journey. It's a gripping tale of how one man's desire for wealth and power shapes his destiny.

  8. Ugly Americans

    576 ratings

    The disturbing non-fiction chronicle of life for these young American expats in Japan in the 1990s, amid the swirl of fast finance. It dramatically portrays the excesses, cultural collisions, and personal and professional challenges of that epoch. One of the most vivid and compelling portraits of a moment in global economic history.

  9. Nice Work

    309 ratings

    A satire-laden novel about the not-at-all-likely relationship that ensues between a university lecturer and a factory manager in Thatcher's England, the book emerges as a witty and sharp commentary on the cultural and economic divides of Britain in modern times. Gender, class, and the changing nature of work in a post-industrial society.

  10. The Rise of David Levinsky

    131 ratings

    A classic novel that recounts the tale of a young Jewish immigrant who rises from rags to riches, from the Lower East Side to an uptown locus of major achievement in the early 20th-century New York garment trade. The themes of the story are assimilation, ambition, and the American dream playing out in America in the first part of the 20th century, and it's a strong and enduring portrait of the making of the man.


  • What are the best business fiction books ever written?

    These are the top 10 best fiction books for business of all time and for this year (2024) sorted by rating:

    1. "The Goal" by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
    2. "The Phoenix Project" by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford
    3. "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand
    4. "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
    5. "The Billion Dollar Molecule" by Barry Werth
    6. "The Fear Index" by Robert Harris
    7. "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe
    8. "The Firm" by John Grisham
    9. "Capital" by John Lanchester
    10. "Gold Coast" by Nelson DeMille.