If you read only one book this year, better make it two: Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat and Jim Collins' Good to Great.When we asked the Top 100 candidates which books they would recommend, no other titles came close to garnering as many votes. Candidates lauded Friedman's book as an excellent guide to surviving in the global economy, while many were on their second reading of Collins' management strategy classic.

Leading the rest of the pack was Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind, while Patrick Lencioni came close with two management titles, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive.

Beyond that, the Top 100's recommendations spread far and wide, encompassing history, science, business and anthropology, to say nothing of the Bible, a wide variety of novels, and even children's books (for their hidden business wisdom, naturally).

Rather than list their hundreds of recommendations, we suggest a visit to consultant Robert Gallagher's Recommended Reading List (www.rjgallagher.com/ideas2.html), which includes a great many of the titles mentioned by our T100 candidates.

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