eff Bezos is an American entrepreneur who is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon.com, which started as an online bookstore. He was born in 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a teenage mother and his biological father never married her. Bezos studied computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University when he graduated in 1986 with degrees in science and engineering. He then went on to work on Wall Street in trading technology stocks before starting Amazon. He started Amazon because he wanted to create a place where people could buy books online easily despite not being able to find out what book they want in the local bookstores. Today Jeff Bezos is one of the richest men alive with a net worth of $105 billion dollars!
Best Books by Jeff Bezos: THE LIST
1. Invent & Wander: The Collected Writing of Jeff Bezos
In Jeff Bezos’ own words, the core principles and philosophy that have guided him in creating, building, and leading Amazon and Blue Origin.
In this collection of Jeff Bezos’ writings – his unique and strikingly original annual shareholder letters, plus numerous speeches and interviews that provide insight into his background, his work, and the evolution of his ideas – you’ll gain an insider’s view of the why and how of his success. Spanning a range of topics across business and public policy, from innovation and customer obsession to climate change and outer space, this book provides a rare glimpse into how Bezos thinks about the world and where the future might take us.
Written in a direct, down-to-earth style, Invent and Wander offers listeners a master class in business values, strategy, and execution.
Each insight offers new ways of thinking through today’s challenges – and more importantly, tomorrow’s – and the never-ending urgency of striving ahead, never resting on one’s laurels. Everyone from CEOs of the Fortune 100 to entrepreneurs just setting up shop to the millions who use Amazon’s products and services in their homes or businesses will come to understand the principles that have driven the success of one of the most important innovators of our time.
2. Jeff Bezos: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
He knocked Bill Gates from the coveted spot of “richest man in the world” in October 2017 and has held that position ever since. In 2018 alone, his wealth as of June has grown by almost $40 billion dollars. He founded the world’s largest online retailer and now wants to make it possible for humans to colonize space. In short, Jeff Bezos is the man.
In this book, we examine the life of Jeff Bezos from his humble beginnings in Albuquerque to the present day, as CEO of Amazon. The book talks about the inspirations and influences that made Jeff Bezos the man he is today and his approach toward life that has ensured the success he is now known for. The aim of this book is to not only give you a glimpse into the life of the world’s richest man but to also inspire and teach you some of the principles that have guided Jeff Bezos to success so far.
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This book includes 18 little-known facts and 10 principles of success to live by.
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3. Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire | By Brad Stone
A Washington Post Notable Book
This New York Times bestseller is a “masterful” (The Washington Post), “juicy tour of the company [Jeff] Bezos built” (The New York Times Book Review), revealing the most important business story of our time by the best-selling author of The Everything Store.
Almost 10 years ago, Bloomberg journalist Brad Stone captured the rise of Amazon in his bestseller The Everything Store. Since then, Amazon has expanded exponentially, inventing novel products like Alexa and disrupting countless industries, while its workforce has quintupled in size and its valuation has soared to nearly two trillion dollars. It’s almost impossible to go a day without encountering the impact of Jeff Bezos’ Amazon, between services like Whole Foods, Prime Video, and Amazon’s cloud computing unit, AWS, plus Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post. We live in a world run, supplied, and controlled by Amazon and its iconoclast founder.
In Amazon Unbound, Brad Stone presents an “excellent” (The New York Times), deeply reported, vividly drawn portrait of how a retail upstart became of the most powerful and feared entities in the global economy. Stone also probes the evolution of Bezos himself – who started as a geeky technologist totally devoted to building Amazon, but who transformed to become a fit, disciplined billionaire with global ambitions, who ruled Amazon with an iron fist, even as he found his personal life splashed over the tabloids.
Definitive, timely, and “engaging” (Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America), Stone has provided an unvarnished portrait of a man and company that we couldn’t imagine modern life without.
4. Jeff Bezos: Biography of a Billionaire Business Titan
Ranked as one of the richest men in the world, Jeff Bezos is undoubtedly an expert in business and an extraordinary entrepreneur. Now, this biography is here to unveil how Bezos’ life and philosophy helped him build one of the web’s largest stores.
From the early days of Amazon to its journey to becoming a massive business empire, Jeff Bezos: Biography of a Billionaire Business Titan delves into Jeff Bezos’ life, achievements, and legacy. Including his family, upbringing, and the daily things that keep him motivated. You’ll discover the secrets of this incredible entrepreneur’s life – and the empire he founded.
Not only that, but this book also contains a detailed wealth of advice from Bezos himself about startup building, running a business, and turning your dreams into realities. This biography is a must-listen for anyone interested in Bezos, business, and the world of Amazon.
Buy now to discover how Amazon became the company it is today and the life of the man behind it all.
5. Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
This program includes a preface read by the authors.
Working Backwards is an insider’s breakdown of Amazon’s approach to culture, leadership, and best practices from two longtime, top-level Amazon executives.
Colin started at Amazon in 1998; Bill joined in 1999. In Working Backwards, these two long-serving Amazon executives reveal and codify the principles and practices that drive the success of one of the most extraordinary companies the world has ever known. With 27 years of Amazon experience between them, much of it in the early aughts – a period of unmatched innovation that brought products and services including Kindle, Amazon Prime, Amazon Studios, and Amazon Web Services to life – Bryar and Carr offer unprecedented access to the Amazon way as it was refined, articulated, and proven to be repeatable, scalable, and adaptable.
With keen analysis and practical steps for applying it at your own company – no matter the size – the authors illuminate how Amazon’s 14 leadership principles inform decision-making at all levels and reveal how the company’s culture has been defined by four characteristics: customer obsession, long-term thinking, eagerness to invent, and operational excellence. Bryar and Carr explain the set of ground-level practices that ensure these are translated into action and flow through all aspects of the business.
Working Backwards is a practical guidebook and a corporate narrative, filled with the authors’ in-the-room recollections of what “Being Amazonian” is like and how it has affected their personal and professional lives. They demonstrate that success on Amazon’s scale is not achieved by the genius of any single leader, but rather through a commitment to and execution of a set of well-defined, rigorously executed principles and practices – shared here for the very first time.
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6. All In: How Obsessive Leaders Achieve the Extraordinary
What makes great leaders like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk extraordinary? All In shows leaders and aspiring leaders how obsession can fuel the most incredible success but also take a toll on a leader, his or her family, and work colleagues.
Groundbreaking leaders share a passionate commitment to achieving their vision that borders and sometimes crosses the line into obsession. All In shows how obsession, if properly focused and managed, is both necessary and productive. Advances in any endeavor almost always depend on a small group of individuals who are completely consumed by the goal they’re pursuing. When these leaders and their teams are successful, everyone benefits from their singular focus and relentless drive.
All In explores the three obsessions underlying the achievements of great leaders:
- Delighting customers
- Building great products
- Creating an enduring company
By taking you inside the success stories of iconic leaders, including Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Elon Musk of Tesla, and Steve Jobs of Apple, author Robert Bruce Shaw shows the upside of obsession and the practices that support it. Shaw also provides insight into the dark side of obsession and its destructive potential – as illustrated in his case study of Uber during the final years of Travis Kalanick’s leadership tenure.
Appealing to any fans of entrepreneurial biographies, All In shows individuals and organizations how to manage obsession’s downsides while realizing the benefits of striving to create something that truly matters.
7. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014
Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that’s never been cracked. Until now.
Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving listeners the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech’s other elite innovators – Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg – Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing.
The Everything Store will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.
8. The Amazon Way: Amazon's 14 Leadership Principles
The 3rd edition of The Amazon Way is one of the rare business leadership books giving actionable insights for innovation and business growth to be the basis for your digital transformation gameplan. The Amazon Way translates Amazon’s unique culture and management practices into insights and opportunities, as only an Amazon executive and expert advisor could do for the Amazon Leadership Principles giving listeners one of the essential business leadership books for the digital era.
Peppered with humorous and enlightening firsthand anecdotes with Jeff Bezos from the author’s career at Amazon, this revealing business guide is also filled with the valuable lessons that have served Jeff Bezos’ “everything store” so well – providing expert advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors alike.
The author was responsible for launching the Amazon Marketplace business and had accountability for the enterprise’s services business. Since leaving Amazon, Rossman has worked across every industry sector and with companies of all sizes to create business and product strategies approach to scale leadership, culture, and innovation. It’s this combination of Amazon insider experience coupled with a vast portfolio of helping other businesses compete which makes The Amazon Way a guide for anyone looking to compete in the digital era.
The 3rd edition has many new and updated sections. This includes a new foreword from Tom Alberg, the managing partner at Madrona Venture Group. Tom was on the board of directors at Amazon for 23 years. A new preface is included suggesting a vital strategy for Amazon and the leadership teams for all companies.
The Amazon Way is on a shortlist of essential business leadership books and should be a key addition to business leadership programs to develop a culture of growth and innovation. If you are interviewing at Amazon or for current Amazon employees, The Amazon Way will be an invaluable asset for your success.
The Amazon Way doesn’t just explain the Amazon Leadership Principles but gives tools, mechanisms, and atomic habits to create change in a team or business. The leadership principles and examples include customer obsession, long-term thinking, thinking big, working backward and the future press release, bias for action, earning trust, and free cash flow.
Praise for The Amazon Way
“In this new edition, John Rossman provides an updated, in-depth and invaluable view of the principles that are fueling Amazon’s extraordinary business success. John’s suggestion to add a new principle focused on the Golden Rule is a great one for every company, as, more than ever, we need business to serve the common good!” (Hubert Joly, former chairman and CEO of Best Buy, author The Heart of Business – Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism)
“In The Amazon Way, John Rossman brilliantly illuminates Amazon’s secretive corporate culture, using HIS rare insider’s perspective to show how Jeff Bezos has created unique systems that facilitate good decision making at all levels of his company” (Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store and Amazon Unbound)
9. How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers
Includes live audio recordings!
The New York Times bestseller
Number one Wall Street Journal bestseller
The essential leadership playbook. Learn the principles and guiding philosophies of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, and many others through illuminating conversations about their remarkable lives and careers.
For the past five years, David M. Rubenstein – author of The American Story, the visionary co-founder of The Carlyle Group, and host of The David Rubenstein Show – has spoken with the world’s highest-performing leaders about who they are and how they became successful. How to Lead distills these revealing conversations into an indispensable leadership guidebook.
Gain advice and wisdom from CEOs, presidents, founders, and master performers from the worlds of finance (Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, Christine Lagarde, Ken Griffin), tech (Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Tim Cook), entertainment (Oprah Winfrey, Lorne Michaels, Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma), sports (Jack Nicklaus, Adam Silver, Coach K, Phil Knight), government (President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nancy Pelosi), and many others.
- Jeff Bezos harnesses the power of wandering, discovering that his best decisions have been made with heart and intuition, rather than analysis.
- Richard Branson never goes into a venture looking to make a profit. He aims to make the best infield.
- Phil Knight views Nike as a marketing company whose product is its most important marketing tool.
- Marilyn Hewson, who grew up in a fatherless home with four siblings in Kansas, quickly learned the importance of self-reliance and the value of a dollar.
How to Lead shares the extraordinary stories of these pioneering agents of change. Discover how each luminary got started and how they handle decision making, failure, innovation, change, and crisis. Learn from their decades of experience as pioneers in their field. No two leaders are the same.
10. Think Like a Titan: Lessons from Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett
Did you know that all successful entrepreneurs in the world have a similar way of thinking?
Every great achievement is first conceived in our thoughts. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if your mind and thoughts are not prepared for success, you won’t become successful in business or experience true wealth.
Think Like a Titan: Lessons from Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett is written to help you re-pattern your thoughts and think like successful CEOs while creating the long-lasting wealth that will set you apart from wishful thinkers.
Taking important lessons from three of the most successful men in the world, this book will take you to another dimension of reality where you’ll embrace the same thinking patterns that set these billionaires apart from those who never realize their dreams.
No matter who you are, where you live, or how much experience you have, this book will help you reinvent yourself to think like a champion and raise your consciousness seamlessly.
If you yearn for real success and want to know how these three powerful men consistently get noticeable results, then this book is for you.
11. The Amazon Management System | By Ram Charan
Amazon’s trillion-dollar success is the envy of everyone, but achievable by anyone.
What has propelled their record streak of growth? Their management system, and it can do the same for you no matter what business you are in or what level.
Learning it is as simple as six building blocks distilled by New York Times bestselling author and global CEO advisor Ram Charan and Julia Yang in The Amazon Management System.
The Ultimate Digital Engine that Powered Amazon’s Unprecedented Growth and Shareholder Value Creation:
Building Block 1: Customer-Obsessed Business Model
Building Block 2: Continuous Bar-Raising Talent Pool
Building Block 3: AI-Powered Data & Metrics System
Building Block 4: Ground-Breaking Invention Machine
Building Block 5: High-Velocity & High-Quality Decision-Making
Building Block 6: A forever Day 1 culture.
From their high-velocity decision-making to their top talent hiring practices, the insider secrets behind Amazon’s success are now within anyone’s grasp, block by block.
Whether you are an established CEO or a recent college grad, this concise and actionable book will help your business win in a new digital era that demands nonstop innovation.
12. Jeff Bezos: In His Own Words | By Helena Hunt
Over five hundred quotations from the man Warren Buffett called “the most remarkable business person of our age.”
Jeff Bezos started Amazon in 1994 as an online bookstore based out of his garage. Since then, the ever-expanding enterprise has revolutionized shopping and, in many important ways, invented e-commerce as we know it. Today, Bezos’s vast empire includes everything from cloud computing and fresh food delivery to movie production and consumer electronics. In recent years, Bezos also has invested in rocket technology, newspaper publishing, and artificial intelligence. Every arm of his business, however, is guided by a fundamental goal: to give customers what they want before they even think to ask for it.
Jeff Bezos: In His Own Words offers a unique look into the mind of one of history’s most successful entrepreneurs by collecting more than five hundred of Bezos’s quotes on business, technology, customer service, e-commerce, innovation, entrepreneurship, and more. Meticulously curated from interviews, speeches, shareholder letters, and other sources, this book creates a comprehensive picture of Jeff Bezos, his obsessions, and what makes his ventures thrive.
After all these years, Bezos still operates on what he calls “Day One time,” in order to maintain the early experimental spirit of his business. Jeff Bezos: In His Own Words reveals in detail a man who wants to push the future forward—and will inspire readers to do the same.
13. The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon
The Bezos Letters lays out the fourteen growth principles that Amazon uses every day by examining Jeff Bezos’ personal letters to shareholders.
Jeff Bezos created Amazon, the fastest company to reach $100 billion in sales ever, making him the richest man in the world. Business owners marvel at Amazon’s success but don’t realize they have the answers right at their fingertips as Bezos reveals his hidden roadmap in his annual letters to shareholders. For the first time, business analyst Steve Anderson unlocks the key lessons, mindset, principles, and steps Bezos used, and continues to use, to make Amazon the massive success it is today. Steve shows business owners, leaders, and CEOs how to apply those same practices and watch their business become more efficient, productive, and successful—fast!
14. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com
Amazon’s business model is deceptively simple: make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won’t think twice. It can almost be summed up by the button on every page: Buy now with one click.
Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the CEO, and founder, whose business strategy and unique combination of character traits have driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Originally a computer nerd rather than a businessman, he had the vision to capitalize on the untapped online marketplace for bookselling and continues to discover new marketing opportunities, from groceries to auto parts. He’s a calculating machine, energetic, passionate, highly aggressive, and out to radically transform retail.
Through numerous interviews with Amazon employees, competitors, and observers, Richard Brandt has deciphered how Bezos thinks, what drives his actions, and how he makes decisions. Anyone in business can learn a lot from the example of Amazon’s ongoing evolution.
Richard L. Brandt is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about Silicon Valley for more than two decades. He is well known throughout the technology community as a former correspondent for BusinessWeek, where he won a National Magazine Award. He lives in San Francisco.
15. Jeff Bezos: The Force Behind the Brand | By J.R. MacGregor
What is it about him that makes him a super-achiever?
What about him can turn an idea into a world-changing mega-company?
What about him is like you and what isn’t?
What can you learn from him?
Read, and find out.
The need to understand those around us who succeed beyond our own imagination is inherent in all of us. The innate desire is driven by our deep and underlying need to find better ways for us to achieve our own goals, understand our own dreams, and rise to our unique challenges.
This book is about the underlying events in the life of Jeff Bezos and the ways in which they influenced his life, the way he responded to them, and the way he used them to his advantage.
The book doesn’t claim to know the fibers that made the content of his heart – no man can know that. But what it does is string together multiple events and see the shadows that it casts.
All that so that you can find the elements inside you that could be the seed of success, achievement, and greatness. The story of Bezos traces a path through his life as a youth and looks at his action and his achievements and deciphers the existence of his greatest achievement – Amazon – in a way that is reflective of his character, his intellect, and his upbringing.
His story is unlike any of the other successful people in history. His brand of work ethic is familiar but different.
16. The Space Barons
The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier
The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons – most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen – are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world – Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal – and upended industry after industry. Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space.
Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world’s richest men as they struggle to end governments’ monopoly on the cosmos.
The Space Barons is also a story of rivalry-hard-charging startups warring with established contractors, and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond.
17. Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives
An “illuminating, lucid, and finely detailed” (The Washington Post) looks at Amazon’s world-dominating business model, the current competitors either imitating or trying to outfox Amazon, and “how Jeff Bezos turned Amazon into the world’s lockdown necessity” (The Times, UK) – from an award-winning Fortune magazine writer.
Like Henry Ford, Sam Walton, or Steve Jobs in the early years of Ford, Walmart, and Apple, Jeff Bezos is the business story of the decade. Bezos, the richest man on the planet, has built one of the most efficient wealth-creation machines in history with two-person of US household income being spent on nearly 500 million products shipped from warehouses in 17 countries. Amazon’s business model has not only turned the retail industry and cloud computing inside out, but now its tentacles are squeezing media and advertising and disrupting the state of technology, the economy, job creation, and society at large. Amazon’s impact is so pervasive that business leaders in nearly every sector around the world need to understand how this force of nature operates.
Based on unprecedented behind-the-scenes reporting from 150 sources inside and outside of Amazon, Bezonomics unveils the underlying principles Jeff Bezos uses to achieve his dominance – customer obsession, extreme innovation, and long-term management, all supported by artificial intelligence – and shows how these are being borrowed and replicated by companies across the United States, in China, and elsewhere. Including tips for Amazon-proofing your business, Bezonomics answers the fundamental question: How are Amazon and its imitators affecting the way we live, and what can we learn from them?
A goldmine for some, and a threat for others, “Bezonomics” has proven to be a life-shaping force in our lives both now and in the foreseeable future.
Final Thoughts on the Best Books by Jeff Bezos
eff Bezos (born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen) is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon.com. His net worth is currently $135 Billion. Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. Before founding Amazon, Bezos worked at D. E. Shaw & Co., a New York City-based hedge fund company founded by David E. Shaw; then he worked on Wall Street in the 1990s at Bankers Trust where he was vice president of corporate development for retail lending technologies before leaving to form an online bookstore that became Amazon Jeff Bezos has come a long way since his humble beginnings but he still strives to create value for other people through his work as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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