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"PM 101 According to the Olde Curmudgeon" is a good one, as is Neal Whitten's "No-Nonsense Advice for Successful Projects" but reading about PM is not as effective to learn as practicing PM.
Use the 10-20-70 learning model.
10% formal, 20% relationship (e.g. mentoring/coaching), 70% experiential (e.g. on-the-job learning).
For the first, you could also look at quality fundamentals workshops. A 3 day offering similar to the Project Management Essentials course which I deliver would be a good option.
First of all, I apologise for the lack of photo and missing profile information. I've joined today so it's a work in progress.
Secondly, this is a really great question and I am at the other end of it as I would like to jump from my current position into a project management one. Alas, so far in my company there are no opportunities to shadow a PM, so I'm trying by myself to cover the 10% of the process.
One book I'm in the middle of is Project Management for Dummies by Stanley E. Portny. It's really extremely condensed and you need to spend a lot of time making notes, reviewing each chapter, etc. But, if you are involved in a project (as I am as an SME) then you can exercise your imagination and connect the theory in the book with the reality in the project you're involved in.
PM for Dummies is a good one. I also like Project Management for Humans by Brett Harned. (I've written a couple of books myself, but not aimed at the beginner audience you are talking about).
Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun is another great one (my copy is quite old, perhaps there's a new edition?)
I found Tom Peter's Project 50 a good read to introduce the role of project management with a focus on stakeholders, governance and politics.
Also, think about Kerzner's compendium, which can serve as a reference to many project management principles and concepts (A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling, 12th Ed.).
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