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70 Brilliant Books Billionaire Richard Branson Thinks Everyone Should Read

Richard Branson

Virgin Group chairman and founder, Richard Branson has put together a list of the 70 brilliant books he felt everyone absolutely should read. Take a look and let us know!

How many of these books have you read?

Consider adding these books to your 2017 reading list.

To help you get into the mind of the billionaire entrepreneur, below are some of Branson’s favorite picks, in no particular order.

Richard Branson believes it is important that business leaders have an eye for talent, and an ability to get the most out of their employees. “What leadership boils down to is people,” he noted.

“Whatever your style, whatever your method, you need to believe in yourself, your ideas and your staff. Nobody can be successful alone and you cannot be a great leader without great people to lead.” – Richard Branson

Here’s a list of 70 brilliant books Richard Branson thinks everyone should read:

1. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

2. Tales of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl

3. George’s Marvelous Medicine – Roald Dahl

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

5. Oh, The Place You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss

6. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie

7. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

9. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

11. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stephenson

12. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

13. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

14. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

15. 1984 – George Orwell

16. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

17. The Quiet American – Graham Greene

18. The Dice Man – Luke Rhinehart

19. Shantaram – Gregory Roberts

20. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

21. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World – Tracy Kidder

22. The Outermost House – Henry Beston

23. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China – Jung Chang

24. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege – Antony Beevor

25. The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe

26. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick

27. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

28. Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck

29. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela

30. Mao: The Unknown Story – Jung Chang

31. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter

32. No Future Without Forgiveness – Desmond Tutu

33. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time – Dava Sobel

34. Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – Stengel

35. Limitless: Leadership That Endures – Ajaz Ahmed

36. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant

37. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: 50 of the world’s most remarkable people pass on their best piece of advice – Richard Reed

38. Remote: Office Not Required – Jason Fried

39. Start With Why – Simon Sinek

40. 101 Reasons to Get Out of Bed – Natasha Milne

41. Letters to a Stranger: A publishing project in aid of MIND – Various

42. Self Belief: The Vision – Jamal Edwards

43. The Meaning of the 21st Century – James Martin

44. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill – Matthieu Ricard

45. A Time for New Dreams – Ben Okri

46. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking

47. The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution – Frank White

48. Beyond The Blue – Jim Campbell

49. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think – Peter Diamandis

50. Ending the War on Drugs – Various

51. The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth – Tim Flannery

52. Big World, Small Planet – Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum

53. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It – Al Gore

54. Necker: A Virgin Island – Russell James

55. Lost Ocean – Johanna Basford

56. Arctica: The Vanishing North – Sebastian Copeland

57. In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin

58. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer

59. The World Without Us – Weisman

60. In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules – Stacy Perman

61. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Michael Pollan

62. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal – Eric Schlosser

63. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

64. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

65. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

66. Obama: The Historic Presidency of Barack Obama – 2,920 Days – Mark Greenberg

67. Little Wins, The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler – Paul Lindley

68. Black Box Thinking – Matthew Syed

69. Winners: And How They Succeed – Alastair Campbell

70. Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari


What’s your favourite book, and why do you recommend that people read it?

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