I highly recommend buying the book “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”, with condensed versions of 100 very important business books. I might also refer you to the beast that “Business: The Ultimate Resource” is (>2000 pages, with lots of 1-page book summaries).
The recomendation isnt in full though, since some books arent included which I find really relevant for each category. So here are a few additions, some of them which are more of a personal nature:
Party of One: The Loners’ Manifesto
Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching
SALES AND MARKETING
Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits
The 86 percent solution: How to Succeed in the Biggest Market Opportunity of the Next 50 Years
The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
RULES AND SCOREKEEPING
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Management Challenges for the 21st Century
Howard Hughes – His Life and Madness
The Accidental Zillionaire: Demystifying Paul Allen
Accidental Millionaire: The Rise and Fall of Steve Jobs at Apple Computer
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
High Tech Start-up: Creating Successful New High Tech Companies
EDIT: The New Business Road Test: What Entrepeneurs and Executives Should Do Before Writing a Business Plan
Maverick!: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace
INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY
Seeing What’s Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change
The Eureka Effect: The Art and Logic of Breakthrough Thinking
Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World
The Long Boom: A Future History of the World, 1980-2020
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Thanks for the post of The 100 Best. These are good choices.
You can never get enough Drucker. We included two of his books, Effective Executive and the greatest hits The Essential Drucker.
We only had room for one Christensen book and Innovator’s Solution may be the best of the three.
And The Goal was in the book in the management section.
Also check out http://myfavoritebizbook.com, where you can add your favorite book and tell the story of why you like it.