Good Minds Suggest—Sophia Amoruso's Favorite Business Books

Posted by Goodreads on May 6, 2014
Sophia Amoruso Entrepreneur extraordinaire Sophia Amoruso is raising her voice for fabulously feminine capitalists everywhere in her first book, #GirlBoss. Part memoir, part business advice, #GirlBoss explains how the founder and CEO of online fashion retailer Nasty Gal grew her venture from a one-woman vintage eBay store in 2006 to a $100 million corporation today. The company's furious pace of growth is driven by a cult following of fashion-forward young women, loyal repeat customers who love the confident sass exuded by the brand, and by Amoruso herself. The fashion phenom shares five reading recommendations that helped jumpstart her success.

Harvard Business Review's Must Reads Boxed Set
"This set has pretty much everything you need to know from my favorite magazine on earth: how to manage others, how to manage yourself, how to set a strategy, and how to be a great leader. HBR has a way of making the un-MBA initiated, like myself, feel like this stuff is child's play."


Rotman on Design, edited by Roger Martin & Karen Christensen
"I love design. I love business. I love anyone who can combine the two and keep me engaged. Designers are taking over the world, but you don't need to go to art school to do it with them!"


Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey & Raj Sisodia
"I want to meet John Mackey. I have so much respect for what he's built at Whole Foods. His story is an inspiring one, and I'm in total agreement that capitalism, when done right, can make things better for everyone involved."


The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
"I was reading this book once when I made the mistake of telling a flight attendant I wished I could punch him in the face. He called the cops on me. I read the part about 'smoking out your enemies' a bit too late, unfortunately."


The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
"This book has changed the life of anyone I've given it to. Buy it, read it, then buy five more and give them away."



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message 1: by John (new)

John Surprised to see an archaic throwback like "Richest Man in Babylon" on this list or any list. This book uses the Biblical analogy of accruing SLAVES as the benchmark for measuring wealth. Revealing that a posture that says, "I want mine first, and to hell with the rest of you" is more about controlling others and wielding power than it is about getting stuff. Old paradigm that created this mess in the first place. Really?


message 2: by C.D. (new)

C.D. Sweitzer John wrote: "I want mine first, and to hell with the rest of you" is more about controlling others and wielding power than it is about getting stuff"

Yeah, I was just thinking that if the new feminism means women taking over the reins of capitalism (the direction it seems to be heading), then the old paradigm doesn't really change. Just the anatomically distinguishing bits of those holding the reins.


message 3: by Barnes (new)

Barnes John wrote: "Surprised to see an archaic throwback like "Richest Man in Babylon" on this list or any list. This book uses the Biblical analogy of accruing SLAVES as the benchmark for measuring wealth. Reveali..."

Don't confuse principals with the greed of giant corporations. That is what has trashed something that is very viable and good and is what this contry was founded on. you are judging from the perverted monster that it has become.


message 4: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Murray-jones Nothing much here that adds any insight into a new model of female leadership. Disappointing.


message 5: by Victor (new)

Victor Nganguem j'aime ça


message 6: by David (new)

David Wow. Maybe my point of view is unsophisticated and naive, but have any of you actually read the book? It's a collection pamphlets written as advice to banking customers. It's not political or social commentary. It saved my financial ass when I was in my twenties. Yes, it talks about slaves, primarily regarding their indebtedness. What I read was about getting out of debt, saving money, buying a house and insurance, oh, AND not taking advice from people that do not know what they are talking about!


message 7: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Zebo Those are very good suggestions, Sophia. I will pick up 'The Richest Man in Babylon' and 'The 48 Laws of Power'.


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