84 Recommended Books — Joel Spolsky

Avram Joel Spolsky is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on Software, a blog on software development, and the creator of the project management software Trello. Wikipedia

  1. Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death (Series of Books in Psychology) by Martin E. P. Seligman
  2. The C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie
  3. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
  4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert B. Cialdini
  5. A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Best and Latest Investment Advice Money Can Buy (Sixth Edition) by Burton G. Malkiel
  6. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (Second Edition) by Tom DeMarco
  7. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure) by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, Shlomo Angel
  8. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard, Spencer Johnson
  9. Microsoft Rebooted: How Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Reinvented Their Company by Robert Slater
  10. On a Roll: Or How a Kid from the Bronx Started with Hot Dogs and WoundUp Making a Fortune by Howard Jonas
  11. Version Control with Subversion by C. Michael Pilato, Ben Collins-Sussman, Brian W. Fitzpatrick
  12. Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date by Robert X. Cringely
  13. The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth by Eric M. Jackson
  14. The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle
  15. Design for Community by Derek Powazek
  16. The Fall of Advertising and the Rise of PR by Al Ries, Laura Ries
  17. Philip & Alex’s Guide to Web Publishing by Philip Greenspun
  18. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  19. Speeding the Net: The Inside Story of Netscape and How It Challenged Microsoft by Joshua Quittner, Michelle Slatalla
  20. The Anatomy of Buzz: How to Create Word of Mouth Marketing by Emanuel Rosen
  21. Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations by Robert D. Austin, Timothy R. Lister, Tom DeMarco
  22. Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham
  23. The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush by Tom Ashbrook
  24. Critical Chain by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  25. The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity by Alan Cooper
  26. Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency by Tom DeMarco
  27. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Al Ries , Jack Trout, Philip Kotler
  28. The Portable MBA, 4th Edition by Robert F. Bruner, Mark R. Eaker, R. Edward Freeman, Robert E. Spekman, Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg, S. Venkataraman
  29. Making the Technical Sale: Real World Training for the Successful Sales Consultant by Rick Greenwald, James Milbery
  30. Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness by Jeffrey Gitomer
  31. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  32. Random Excess: The Wild Ride of Michael Copland and Corel by Ross Laver
  33. Inside Intuit: How the Makers of Quicken Beat Microsoft and Revolutionized an Entire Industry by Suzanne Taylor, Kathy Schroeder, John Doerr
  34. Dot.Bomb: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath by J. David Kuo
  35. The Manager Pool: Patterns for Radical Leadership (Software Patterns Series) by Don Sherwood Olson, Carol L. Stimmel
  36. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
  37. Selling Air by Dan Herchenroether
  38. The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest: A Silicon Valley Novel by Po Bronson
  39. Digital Hustlers: Living Large and Falling Hard in Silicon Alley by Casey Kait, Stephen Weiss
  40. Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made by Andy Hertzfeld
  41. The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison: *God Doesn’t Think He’s Larry Ellison by Mike Wilson
  42. Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure by Jerry Kaplan
  43. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho by Jon Katz
  44. The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
  45. The Macintosh Way by Guy Kawasaki
  46. Four Days with Dr. Deming: A Strategy for Modern Methods of Management by William J. Latzko, David M. Saunders
  47. Death March (2nd Edition) by Edward Yourdon
  48. Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary by Linus Torvalds, David Diamond
  49. Rules For Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services by Guy Kawasaki, Michele Moreno
  50. The Business of Software: What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad by Michael A. Cusumano
  51. 21 Dog Years: A Cube Dweller’s Tale by Mike Daisey
  52. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  53. Show Stopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft by G. Pascal Zachary
  54. Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry (Collins Business Essentials) by Michael Dell
  55. High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner’s Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars by Charles H. Ferguson
  56. Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet by Michael Wolff
  57. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries, Jack Trout
  58. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
  59. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Bruce Patton
  60. Ben & Jerry’s: The Inside Scoop: How Two Real Guys Built a Business with a Social Conscience and a Sense of Humor by Fred Lager
  61. Essentials of Accounting and Post Test Booklet 8 (8th Edition) (№8) by Robert N. Anthony, Leslie Pearlman Breitner
  62. Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut by James Marcus
  63. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  64. aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads, and Made Millions in the War for the Web by Kara Swisher
  65. Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C by Bruce Schneier
  66. Testing Computer Software, 2nd Edition by Cem Kaner, Jack Falk, Hung Q. Nguyen
  67. Competing On Internet Time: Lessons From Netscape And Its Battle With Microsoft by Michael A. Cusumano, David B. Yoffie
  68. Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering by Robert L. Glass
  69. Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft by David Bank
  70. In Search of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High-Tech Marketing Disasters by Merrill R. (Rick) Chapman, Merrill R. Chapman
  71. The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman
  72. Designing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen
  73. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
  74. Don’t Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (1st Edition) by Steve Krug, Roger Black
  75. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andrew Hunt
  76. Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell
  77. Growing a Business by Paul Hawken
  78. The Non-Designer’s Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice by Robin Williams
  79. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold
  80. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  81. User Interface Design for Programmers by Avram Joel Spolsky
  82. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
  83. Code Complete (Microsoft Programming) by Steve McConnell
  84. About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design by Alan Cooper, Andrew Singer



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