First, before the list, two quotes.
“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” – Confucius
“”The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn’t interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative.” – Charles Bukowski
“Player Piano” by Kurt Vonnegut (1952) – A near-future where everything is made by robots or machines, eliminating the need for human workers. Are we there yet?
“Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis (1922) – Babbitt is his name and real estate sales is his game. A realistic satire of a businessman and his city. Is Zenith actually Minneapolis?
“A Regular Guy” by Mona Simpson (1997) – A novel about a Silicon Valley entrepreneur written by Steven Jobs’ actual younger sister.
“A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers (2012) – Who knew that Saudis and Americans working together would be so funny?
“Buddenbrooks” by Thomas Mann (1901) – a great classic novel about a wealthy German merchant family and their trade business (perhaps even better than ‘The Magic Mountain’).
“Germinal” by Emile Zola (1885) – A realistic hellish story about a coalminers’ strke in northern France.
“Underground Time” by Delphine de Vigan (2012) – Office politics are not so nice when they move you to an office that shares a wall with the men’s bathroom.
“Something Happened” by Joseph Heller (1974) – A novel about a businessman by the author who invented the ‘Catch-22’ rules.
“Gain” by Richard Powers (1998) – The fictional corporate history of the Claire International chemical company and a present-day lawsuit brought by someone living near their factory.
“Moral Hazard” by Kate Jennings (2002) – A moving novel about a financial speechwriter on Wall Street written by a financial speechwriter on Wall Street.
“The Intuitionist” by Colson Whitehead (1999) – A novel about an elevator inspector who belongs to the ‘Intuitionist’ school of elevator inspecting rather than the ‘Empiricist’ school of elevator inspecting.