The 1st New York Times Hardcover Business Best-Sellers List of the Year – January, 2011

Here is the latest (January 2, 2011) Hardcover Business Best Sellers list from the New York Times.  If you take out some of the finance-related and investment-related books, we have presented most of these at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  (I am presenting the number one book on the list, All the Devils are Here, at the February gathering).   I have presented The Big Short to an outside gathering, and my synopsis of that book is available on our companion web site,

(We have presented Delivering Happiness, The Big Short, Outliers, Switch, The 4-Hour Work Week, Drive, Rework, and Superfreakonomics from this list.  Most of these are now available on our companion web site, with audio + handout, at


1 ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. (Portfolio/ Penguin, $32.95.) Two business journalists ex­amine the financial crisis of 2008.
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.
3 DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (†)
4 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.”
5 SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (†)
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. (†)
7 GRIFTOPIA, by Matt Taibbi. (Spiegel & Grau, $26.) The rise of the grifters and the stranglehold they have on America, financially.
8 THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work. (†)
9 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.
10 DRIVE, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $26.95.) What really motivates people is the quest for autonomy, mastery and purpose, not external rewards.
11 DEBUNKERY, by Ken Fisher with Lara Hoffmans (Wiley, $27.95.) Avoid bad investment practices by learning to debunk 50 myths common to the market. (†)
12 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. (†)
13 STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader. (†)
14 AFTERSHOCK, by Robert B. Reich. (Knopf, $25.) Looking at the future of the United States economy, the Clinton-era labor secretary fears that inevitable national belt-tightening could trigger a political convulsion.
15 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.” (†)






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