5 Best Books Jeff Bezos Recommends: Life Lessons and Rules for success

Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon recorded net worth of $197.8 billion, the highest fortune Forbes has recorded in nearly four decades of tracking billionaires and he loves books! In fact, he started Amazon as an online bookstore that became one of the Internet’s biggest success stories.

He’s spent his career changing the way books are published and sold. On a more personal level, the Amazon founder and CEO also has an abiding love of reading, and it has played a key role in forming him as a leader.

We’ve compiled some of the best books recommended by Jeff Bezos that will teach you the life lessons and rules of success that shaped him. In his biography “The Everything Store,” you’ll learn how books shaped Bezos’ leadership style and way of thinking. There is a list of books that Amazon employees refer to as “Jeff’s Reading List.”

We have created chapter-wise summaries of best books recommended by Jeff Bezos with our favorite quotes, key insights, and recommendations by industry experts. So you know the book and what you will learn and then move on to reading it! Check out this clickable 5 best books that Jeff Bezos recommends.

Jeff Bezos’ book recommendations:

The Black Swan

Jeff Bezos recommends The Black Swan - Book Summary by Make Me Read

“The most prophetic voice of all.”


The Black Swan is a book published in 2007 that focuses on the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable outlier events and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events, retrospectively.

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Jeff Bezos recommends The Innovator’s Dilemma- Book Summary by Make Me Read

“This book ought to chill any executive who feels bulletproof —and inspire entrepreneurs aiming their guns.”


This Business classic that explains the power of disruption, why market leaders are often set up to fail as technologies and industries change, and what incumbents can do to secure their market leadership for a long time.

Made in America

Jeff Bezos recommends Made in America by Sam Walton Book Summary by Make Me Read

“Here is an extraordinary success story about a man whose empire was built not with smoke and mirrors, but with good old-fashioned elbow grease.”

—Detroit Free Press

Made in America by Same Walton is an autobiographical account of his rise to the pinnacle of the American retail business, Walmart.

Built to Last

Jeff Bezos recommends Built To Last Book Summary by Make Me Read

“One of the most eye-opening business studies since In Search of Excellence.”

— Kevin Maney, USA Today

Not a business book, but a book about building long-lasting human-centric institutions with soul and purpose. Built to Last provides an in-depth overview of the best practices used by exceptional companies.

Good to Great

Jeff Bezos recommends Good To Great Book Summary by Make Me Read

“A book CEOs can’t wait to buy.”

–USA Today

Good to Great by James C. Collins is a book about Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

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