36 great Electrical Engineering books

As Electrical Engineers, we all need great books to learn from, or use as a reference. However, finding a good book among tens and sometimes hundreds of choices is not easy. In this post we have tried to compile a list of some great Electrical Engineering books. We created the list by contacting some experts in the field, and also by reading a lot of reader's reviews. We have divided the list into two groups. First is a short list of some introductory books, suitable for those who have no or very little background in the field. And the second group is a list of more advanced books, that many of them have been reference books for a lot of electrical engineers. In the list we have tried to keep the number of books in each category limited to three, although in some cases there are more great books in that category. Enjoy this list of great Electrical Engineering books.

Great Electrical Engineering books - Introductory books:

Communication systems

  1. Simon Haykin, Digital Communication Systems, Wiley, 2013.
  2. Bernard Sklar, Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2001.
  3. John G. Proakis, Masoud Salehi, and Gerhard Bauch, Contemporary Communication Systems Using MATLAB, 3rd Edition, CL Engineering, 2012.


  1. Anant Agarwal, and Jeffrey Lang, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, Morgan Kaufmann, 2005.
  2. Richard C. Dorf, and James A. Svoboda, Introduction to Electric Circuits, 8th Edition, Wiley, 2010.
  3. Paul Horowitz, and Winfield Hill, The Art of Electronics, Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Signal Processing

  1. Alan V. Oppenheim, Alan S. Willsky, and S. Hamid Nawab, Signals and Systems, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 1996
  2. B. P. Lathi, Linear Systems and Signals, Oxford University Press, 2004.

  3. Hwei Hsu, Signals and Systems, 2nd Edition (Schaum's Outline Series), McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Great Electrical Engineering books - More advanced books:

Coding and Information Theory

  1. Shu Lin and Daniel Costello, Error Control Coding, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004.
  2. Tomas M. Cover and Joy A. Thomas, Elements of Information Theory, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Interscience, 2006.

  3. David J. C. MacKay, Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Digital Communication

  1. John R. Barry, Edward A. Lee, and David G. Messerschmit, Digital Communication, 3rd Edition, Springer 2003.
  2. John Proakis, and Masoud Salehi, Digital Communications, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2007.

  3. Robert G. Gallager, Principles of Digital Communication, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Wireless Communications

  1. David Tse, and Pramod Viswanath, Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  2. Andrea Goldsmith, Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  3. Andreas F. Molisch, Wireless Communications, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2010.


  1. Behzad Razavi, Fundamentals of Microelectronics, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2013.
  2. Adel S. Sedra, and Kenneth C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2009.

  3. Donald Neamen, Microelectronics Circuit Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill, 2009.


  1. Jan M. Rabaey , Anantha Chandrakasan , and Borivoje Nikolic, Digital Integrated Circuits, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003.
  2. Neil Weste, and David Harris, CMOS VLSI Design: A Circuits and Systems Perspective, 4th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2010.

  3. Erik Brunvand, Digital VLSI Chip Design with Cadence and Synopsys CAD Tools, Addison-Wesley, 2009.

Digital Design

  1. William James Dally, and R. Curtis Harting, Digital Design: A Systems Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  2. M. Morris Mano, and Michael D. Ciletti, Digital Design: With an Introduction to the Verilog HDL, Prentice Hall, 2012.

  3. Zainalabedin Navabi, Verilog Digital System Design: Register Transfer Level Synthesis, Testbench, and Verification, McGraw-Hill, 2005.


  1. Behzad Razavi, Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  2. Paul R. Gray, Paul J. Hurst, Stephen H. Lewis and Robert G. Meyer, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, 5th Edition, Wiley, 2009.

  3. Tony Chan Carusone, David A. Johns and Kenneth W. Martin, Analog Integrated Circuit Design, Willey, 2011.


  1. Behzad Razavi, RF Microelectronics, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011.
  2. Thomas H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

  3. Christopher Bowick, Cheryl Ajluni, and John Blyler, RF Circuit Design, 2nd Edition, Newnes, 2007.


  1. Alan V. Oppenheim and Ronald W. Schafer, Discrete-Time Signal Processing, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2009.
  2. John G. Proakis and Dimitris K. Monolakis, Digital Signal Processing, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2006.

  3. Richard G. Lyons, Understanding Digital Signal Processing, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.

We have tried to put together a list of some great Electrical Engineering books. For sure there are many more excellent books in the field. But due to the lack of space we have chosen to post only top three in some of the fields. If you think there are important books that we might have missed in this list of great Electrical Engineering books, please send us an email for consideration.

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