Books I recommend

Here are some of the books I recommend.  I’ve learned a tremendous amount from reading these books and I always appreciate hearing what other people read, so I thought I’d put up my favorites for anyone interested.

Start with Why by Simon Sinek. Terrific book to help you understand the importance of building a company with a true purpose.

Delivering Happiness (great story of Tony Hsieh’s journey with LinkExchange and

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight of Nike fame. Terrific. Recommend it to any current or would-be entrepreneurs.

Ender’s Game So terrific of a book that we named our company, Dragon Army, after a team in it.

The Great Game of Business (listened on Audible and read on Kindle) suggested by Daniel Roberts. This book is changing the entire way I’m looking at running Dragon Army. I’m completely obsessed with it.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (this book will make you think differently, I guarantee)

I Feel Great and You Will Too! by Pat Croce.  If you want to start being a more positive person, this is the book for you.

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business – Amazing. Can’t thank my man Daniel enough for recommending it. Really great for anyone working on company culture and purpose. My blog review.

Creativity Inc. Excellent book about Pixar. Got a little slow in the middle, but overall great look into one of the great companies of the last 20 years. My blog review.

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye. I’m fascinated by the man that Bobby Kennedy was becoming before he was assassinated, and the man he would have been if he had lived to be President. I’m going to be on the lookout for more to read on this great man.

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams. Wow, what a story Ms. Pat tells in this book. Like Hillbilly Elegy, this book gives a rare view into a life that is hard for me to comprehend, even though she grew up ten minutes from me. I read this book in one day.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Absolutely fantastic book. I highly recommend it to anyone even vaguely interested in how “hillbillies” (his word) live.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Freaking awesome, one of the best books I’ve read in years.

Call Me Ted by Ted Turner. Fantastic story of Ted’s life, albeit told from his perspective. I think for Atlantans, this is a must read.

Becoming Steve Jobs. Another great Steve Jobs bio. Here’s a summary of the other one by Walter Isaacson, which I read in 2011. My blog review.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Possibly the best book I’ve read in years. LOVED it.

Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn by Gary M. Pomerantz, described as “A rich history of the changing South told through the stories of two prominent Atlanta families, one white, one black.”

The New New Thing by Michael Lewis. One of my favorite books.

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days. One of the best startup books I’ve ever read.


  1. Stan Rapp on June 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Suggest you add — “groundswell — winning in a world transformed by social technologies.” Loaded with case studies. Very well written by two Forrester Research principals.

  2. Jeff Hilimire on July 3, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Thanks @stanrapp, I added Groundswell to the list!

  3. Simms Jenkins on July 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

    i suggest you add a great email marketing book to the mix…i heard there is one so good, your name is on the inside praise page :)

    i really need to read groundswell too

  4. Jeff Hilimire on July 7, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Just added one of the all-time great email marketing books to my list, by @simmsjenkins.

  5. Jeff Hilimire on July 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Just added one of the all-time great email marketing books to my list, by @simmsjenkins.

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    I noticed you liked Seth Godin’s Poke the Box so I assume you read Linchpin as well. If you didn’t read it. It changed me life and woke me up to the realities of work in the 21st century. 

  8. Jeff Hilimire on August 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks Tod, I did reach Linchpin and probably need to add it to this list as well…

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