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I've noticed recently that I like business book written in novel form. They're a nice change up from the usual non-fiction business books I read.
Examples Built to Sell, The Goal, The Phoenix Project, The Richest Man in Babylon.

Can anyone recommend any business/investing books written like that?
 

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Wow. Now I have something else to look forward to in the future. Waiting with bated breath.

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Anything by Michael Lewis. He's written a number of book that discuss business, economics, credit crunch and even baseball and football. Everything he writes is very readable and enjoyable. I've found myself going back and re-reading some of his books they're that well read.

For a more practical book, the E Myth is written in a very conversational tone. It's about focusing on the processes within a business and fits in well with Fastlane ideas.
 

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Can anyone recommend any business/investing books written like that?
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • The Go-Giver
  • The Go-Giver Leader
  • Be Like Amazon: Even a Lemonade Stand Can Do It
  • Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
  • That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again
  • The Small Business Millionaire
  • The New One Minute Manager
  • The Connector's Way: A Story About Building Business One Relationship at a Time
  • The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life
  • The Weekly Coaching Conversation (New Edition): A Business Fable about Taking Your Team’s Performance and Your Career to the Next Level
  • Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service
  • Happywork: A Business Parable About the Journey to Teamwork, Profit, and Purpose
  • The Magic Cup: A Business Parable About a Leader, a Team, and the Power of Putting People and Values First
  • Geared For Growth: A Parable About Transforming Your Business Into a Success and Profits Machine
  • The Greatest Prospector in the World: A historically accurate parable on creating success in sales, business & life
  • Miller's Bolt: A Modern Business Parable
  • The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
  • Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty
  • Fish: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
  • Roar! Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle: A Business Fable
  • Know Your Next Move: A Parable on The 7 Core Disciplines of Business
  • The Business Coach
 

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I think you'll be fine with the extensive list Rawseed gave you.
Although I would like to add some:

- In my opinion (auto)biographies of great (business)men can be looked at the same as a novel: not that hard, pleasant to read and great storytelling.
- Vagabonding

Edit:
I saw you were looking for novels concerning investing, if you mean stock investing:
- Reminiscenses of a stock operator really reads like a novel.
 
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I've noticed recently that I like business book written in novel form. They're a nice change up from the usual non-fiction business books I read.
Examples Built to Sell, The Goal, The Phoenix Project, The Richest Man in Babylon.

Can anyone recommend any business/investing books written like that?
I advise everyone to get their hands on "The Green King" by Paul-Loup Sulitzer and all his other books. Thank me later guys.
Changed my life. Entrepeneur porn guys and written a long time ago, changed my life as much as mj has, true story
 

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I've noticed recently that I like business book written in novel form. They're a nice change up from the usual non-fiction business books I read.
Examples Built to Sell, The Goal, The Phoenix Project, The Richest Man in Babylon.

Can anyone recommend any business/investing books written like that?
It looks like you're specifically asking about fiction stories that present business lessons? Have you read the rest of Goldratt's series after The Goal? (To spoil the surprise, Alex has bigger business problems and Jonah had bigger business answers!)

Atlas Shrugged and Fight Club are very different philosophical novels but both use stories around business to turn the author's big ideas into a big exciting tale, along with plenty of speeches from the characters about those ideas. Both are very influential on a lot of people, who put some of those ideas into their own personal philosophy of life.

Some people who've tried to verify Robert Kiyosaki's books, say they probably include not just true stories from his own life, but a lot of fiction that was passed off as nonfiction. That's what I think.

I don't know if the woman with the pie business in E Myth Mastery is a real person or a fictional character, but the half of the book with her is told like a novel.

It's nonfiction but great storytelling: I really like the travel + investment + sociology books by Jim Rogers, Investment Biker (about a motorcycle trip around the world with market commentary) and Adventure Capitalist. Aren't those killer titles!

Other novels with lots of business themes: Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson (science fiction), and many stories by Charles Dickens including A Christmas Carol and Bleak House, one of the most bitterly cynical views about lawsuits ever:

"Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises. Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it."

All-time great movies where business is extremely important to the plot: Citizen Kane, Chinatown, Westworld (and the current HBO series), the Godfather trilogy, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life, Schindler's List, Network. Some more movies with lots about business: Wall Street, Wall Street 2, Boiler Room, Wolf of Wall Street, The Firm.
 

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I like a lot of your list, Rawseed, but I think One Minute Manager, and Who Moved My Cheese by one of its co-authors, are overhyped, badly written, shallow, smug, oversimplified crap. As one of the Amazon one-star reviews says of OMM: "But, instead of putting these gems on postcard, Blanchard and Johnson expand the idea into a "book" (very generously labeled) by using large print, lots of simplistic slogans, and almost sickening behavioral advice (some involving touching the subordinate "sincerely", and the like)."
 

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