Here is a list of successful people, and lists of the books they class as their favourites. Not one mentions Kafka, so I don't know how they ever reached success. Maybe because Kafka did not (while living) reach their level of success. But now he surpasses them all. So it goes.
I don't know if I should be surprised about the low number of these books that I have read. JK Rowling (and I) both love PG Wodehouse, so that might portend something. On the other hand, they both go by their initials, so that might count me out.
Regardless, I like such lists because some book on them might catch my attention, and I'll give it a look. That does not yet include (even after these decades of attempts) Moby Dick. [DE]
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Books Extremely Successful People Read
What is it about successful people that makes them so successful? Sure, they're smart, they're confident, maybe they've got a little je ne sais quoi to boot.
We think it also has a lot to do with who and what they've been influenced by. We've rounded up some of the most successful people's favorite books. While there is some overlap (Toni Morrison, Shakespeare), we still think there's plenty to keep you busy for a while. After polishing off this list, you just might start your own Fortune 500 company. Or, who knows? Maybe you'll end up being the President of the United States!
President Barack Obama: President Obama's favorite books are listed on his Facebook page and are as follows: "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison, "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville, "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years" by Taylor Branch, "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson, and "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He also enjoys reading the Bible, Shakespeare's tragedies, and Lincoln's collected writings.