9 Big Idea Business Books You Need to Read Now

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6. "Five Frogs on a Log" by Mark L. Feldman and Michael F. Spratt.

If mergers and acquisitions are part of your future, this book will help you get ready. For Brian Twibell, CEO of RedVision, a $51 million provider of real estate title searches based in Parsipanny, NJ, Five Frogs is a well-worn bible. It guided him through RedVision's four acquisitions, helping him grow the company to 517 employees--up from 72 in 2007.