Billionaire Book Club: The Favorite Books of CEOs and Business Moguls

Billionaire Book Club

Every successful CEO began their career out of the spotlight. As they built their empires, they were influenced by the places they lived, the people the interacted with, the problems they faced, and the books they read. A person’s favorite book can be a key to understanding the choices they make, the standards they uphold, and the beliefs they champion. There is no sure bet to becoming successful, but reading the favorite texts of individuals can help you see the world through their eyes.

The Airspace has researched the favorite books of CEOs like Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs so you can look into the mind of the business people who have changed the world.

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“The Closing of the American Mind” Reconsidered After 25 Years

In 1987, philosopher Allan Bloom authored his presumptuously titled book, “The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students.” After 25 years in press, this influential work deserves reconsideration.

Initially written as a reflection on Bloom’s own academic career in the University of Chicago’s prestigious Committee on Social Thought, the book was not expected to be a game changer. But, after being reviewed by several important critics, it was widely read in and outside of academia, selling close to half a million copies in hardback and remaining at number one on the New York Times Non-fiction Best Seller list for four months. On account of its popularity and highly influential message, one critic has called Closing “the first shot in the culture wars” that still rage on between liberal and conservative critics and academics.

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