Great book! Obviously it's not a replacement for a 2 year MBA program, but it's certainly worth a read before you drop six figures on a degree.
This book is a great overview of many business topics and will help you identify which topics you need to learn more about. It also provides several other resources to learn about those topics more in-depth if you think you're weak in a topic.
My only wish was that the book had more case studies from the author's clients rather than focusing on some examples based on his own life. But that didn't happen too much.
Still a great read and a good reference book on business topics.
Think of this book as a summary of several topics related to managing a business. The book is somewhat divided into 3 parts:
Part 1 talks about the parts of the business: value creation, marketing, sales, value delivery and finance This is where the book excels in my opinion. As I said it is only a summary, but a very useful one for someone just beginning.
Part 2 is about the human side of the business and is only superficial which is understandable because the subject would take several tomes to be adequatelly covered.
Part 3 is about working systems (analyzing, optimizing) is also superficial. Again it only covers the main topics as a summary.
What I also like about the book is the bibliography which is extensive enough to keep you busy for at least a year or two of reading material.
The title is somewhat misleading. You will not master the "art" of business, but it will surelly get you started. Overall, a nicelly done book for people trying his or her first steps in understanding what a business is.