Current Business Best-Selling Books – We’ve Presented many of these at the First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s the updated Hardcover Business Best Sellers, published by the NY Times, September 2, 2010.  I have written before that this is the best-seller list that I pay most attention to.  It is updated only once a month.

Karl Krayer and I present 24 books a year at the monthly First Friday Book Synopsis.  Karl presented the #1 book, Delivering Happiness, just yesterday at the September First Friday Book Synopsis.  I have presented #2, The Big Short, for a private client, and #3, #5, #7, #8, #12, and #13 at earlier First Friday Book Synopsis gatherings.  Karl presented #11 at an earlier gathering.  Some of these books have lingered for quite a while:  I presented The 4-Hour Workweek in March, 2008; Outliers in January, 2009; Superfreakonomics last December.  Karl presented Strengths-Based Leadership in March, 2009.

Some of these do not quite fit our own “selection criteria” (which is subjective, and is our own…).  But, yes, there are a couple of new books we need to take a look at, and consider for future gatherings..

Here’s the list:





1 DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (†) 1
2 THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight. 2
3 OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent — from the author of “Blink” and “The Tipping Point.” 3
4 THE MENTOR LEADER, by Tony Dungy. (Tyndale House, $24.99.) The former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team offers tips for helping to inspire growth. (†)
5 SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (†) 4
6* THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host. (†) 6
7 THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work. (†) 5
8 DRIVE, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $26.95.) What really motivates people is the quest for autonomy, mastery and purpose, not external rewards. 7
9 IT’S NOT JUST WHO YOU KNOW, by Tommy Spaulding. (Broadway, $23.) Secrets for engaging colleagues and contacts in lasting, genuine relationships. (†)
10 BURY MY HEART AT CONFERENCE ROOM B, by Stan Slap. (Portfolio Penguin, $25.95.) The power of emotional commitment in managers and how to achieve it. (†)
11 STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader. (†) 13
12* REWORK, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. (Crown Business, $22.) Counterintuitive rules for small-business success, like “Ignore the details early on” and “Good enough is fine.” (†) 9
13 SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $29.99.) A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel. 11
14 THE FACEBOOK EFFECT, by David Kirkpatrick. (Simon & Schuster, $26.) The origin of Facebook. 15
15 DOING BOTH, by Inder Sidhu (FT Press, $24.99.) They strategy of “both-and’ is far more productive than the limiting “either-or” approach. (†) 8

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