Books have always been a good way for me to put labels and context around my experiences. In answering a question about his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell mentions this as what he believes makes a good business book stand out from all others.
The best books always give us an opportunity to organize our experiences—to take what we know and give it shape and meaning and context. I’ve always said that we are all experience-rich and theory-poor. And to me the point of business books is to remedy that problem.