By Michael E. Gerber (HarperBusiness, 162 pp.)
Although some may argue that this 1988 classic has gotten a little long in the tooth, I still recommend it. In a relatively short book, Gerber gives a realistic job preview that all first-time entrepreneurs should read before they jump in the water. The original edition is a bit hard to find, but no worries. The revised edition – "The E-Myth Revisited" – is just as good.