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The Most Popular Books on CEOs’ Summer Reading Lists

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While every CEO and business owner has his or her own taste, one book that keeps rising above all the rest as one of interest to chiefs is The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. CEOs listed this book the most because of its honesty and helpful lessons on how to survive as a business leader. In addition, one reviewer on Amazon called it “solid advice about running a company from a wartime CEO.” Here’s a handy list of other inspirational books on CEOs’ summer reading list. Print out and stick in your suitcase or on your fridge.

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Chief Executive’s 2015 CEO of the Year:
Boeing’s Jim McNerney

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As complex organizations go, there are few companies with as many moving parts as Boeing, which Jim McNerney has transformed since he became CEO in July 2005. McNerney also successfully overcame challenges at 3M and GE to become one of the U.S.’s most respected business leaders. After dealing with the air-pocket concerning the Dreamliner, he has been on a smooth flight path for the world’s biggest producer of aircraft and the nation’s largest exporter.

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