This came out of a conversation I had today with a few other test leads. the question was, “What are the top 5 books you should read if you want my job?” My job in this case being that of a test development lead. At Microsoft that means I lead a team (or teams) of people whose job it is to write software which automatically tests the product.
This is not an exhaustive list. There is a lot more to learn than what is represented in these books, but these will touch on the essentials. If you have additional suggestions, please leave them in the comments.