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Here’s the July 1, 2011 New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers – with the Financial Meltdown back in the Top Spot

Here’s the July 1, 2011 New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers – with the financial meltdown back in the top spot.

Each month, I post this list.  The new #1 is another look at the players and the disastrous mistakes that led to the massive financial meltdown.

At the First Friday Book Synopsis, our monthly gathering in Dallas at which Karl Krayer and I each present our synopses of a best selling business book, we tend to stay away from investment books, and most finance related books (although I have presented synopses of All the Devils are Here and The Big Short).  So I’m not sure that we will tackle Reckless Endangerment for this event.  We have scheduled the Brzezinski book, and Touchpoints, within the next two months.  And we have already presented Switch, Strengths Based Leadership, The 4-Hour Workweek, Delivering Happiness, and Outliers from this month’s list.

still on the list!

The 4-Hour Workweek was first published in April, 2007.  Outliers was published in November, 2008.  And here they are, still in the top 15.  Amazing!  (They are both worth reading, but Outliers is especially that good of a book).  I presented both of these at our monthly event.

You can purchase most of our synopses, with audio + handouts, from our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

Here’s the list:

1

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. (Times Books/Holt, $30.) This account of the Wall Street implosion highlights individuals who played crucial roles of responsibility.

2

KNOWING YOUR VALUE, by Mika Brzezinski. (Weinstein, $22.95.) Exploring what women can do to get the compensation they have earned. (†)

3

CAR GUYS VS. BEAN COUNTERS, Bob Lutz. (Portfolio/Penguin, $26.95.) American manufactures focus should be on product quality not on quarterly projections.

4

GET RICH CLICK!, by Marc Ostrofsky. (Razor, $19.95.) An Internet entrepreneur’s strategies for earning money online. (†)

5

WE FIRST, by Simon Mainwaring. (Palgrave Macmillan, $26.) How brands and consumers use social media to build a better world. (†)

6

TOUCHPOINTS, by Douglas Conant and Mette Norgaard. (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, $26.95.) Creating leadership connections in the smallest moments. (†)

7

SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (†)

8

STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader. (†)

9

THE MONEY CLASS, by Suze Orman. (Spiegel & Grau, $26.) The noted personal financial adviser offers a reconsideration of the American dream. (†)

10

THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work. (†)

11

DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Business Plus, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (†)

12

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, by Howard Marks. (Columbia University Press, $29.95.) Successful investments are guided by thoughtful attention. (†)

13

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host. (†)

14

THE CORNER OFFICE, by Adam Bryant. (Times Books/Holt. $25.) How to build and maintain a successful organization from lessons learned from interviews of over seventy CEOs conducted by a New York Times business reporter.

15

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.”

Here is the March, 2011 New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers List

Here is the March 2 edition of the New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers.  I’ll have a couple of observations at the bottom of this post.

1 THE INVESTMENT ANSWER, by Daniel C. Goldie and Gordon S. Murray. (Business Plus, $18.) Five questions every investor should ask. (†)
2 THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work. (†)
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.”
4 SUPER RICH, by Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow. (Gotham, $22.50.) The rap impresario defines wealth to include an inner peace.
5 HOW THE WEST WAS LOST, by Dambisa Moyo. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) Fifty years of economic folly.
6* AS ONE, by Marhdad Baghai and James Quigley. (Portfolio/Penguin, $40.) A study of successful workplace collaborations. (†)
7 THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host. (†)
8 DISCIPLINED DREAMING, by Josh Linkner. (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, $26.95.) A guide to encouraging creativity in the workplace. (†)
9* SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (†)
10 SCORECASTING, by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim. (Crown Archetype, $26.) The hidden forces that shape how sports games are played, won and lost.
11 DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (†)
12 STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader. (†)
13 THE DAY AFTER THE DOLLAR CRASHES, by Damon Vickers. (Wiley, $29.95.) Achieve financial stability in the rise of the New World Order.
14 DRIVE, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $26.95.) What really motivates people is the quest for autonomy, mastery and purpose, not external rewards.
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.” (†)

An observation, or two, or three:

The financial crisis continues to draw readers.  This month, a new book (to me) makes its appearance: How the West was Lost:  Fifty Years of Financial Folly, by Dambisa Moyo.  I have presented synopses of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, and This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff.

By the way, there is a clear consensus that the financial collapse of 2008 was a long time in the making:  50 years according to Moyo, 30 years according to McLean and Nocera, and a recurring pattern of eight centuries, according to Reinhart and Rogoff.

There are “long-timers” on the list, like Outliers and The 4-Hour Work Week.  We do not present “finance/investment” books at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  We have presented #s 2, 3, 9, 11, 12, 14, and 15 at our event.

So it looks like this list has three possibilities for future selections for our monthly event: As One, by Marhdad Baghai and James Quigley, Disciplined Dreaming, by Josh Linkner, and Scorecasting, by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim.  (By the way, Karl gave me a copy of Scorecasting, and is lobbying me to present this book).

Here’s The New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers, published February 4, 2011

Here’s the New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers, published: February 4, 2011.  Two books that we presented quite a while back at the First Friday Book Synopsis (Outliers, presented two years ago, January, 2009 & The 4-Hour Workweek, presented nearly three years ago, March 2008) are still #s 2 & 3 (actually, tied for #2 – that’s the meaning of the asterisk.  An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders.).

We have already scheduled Change the Culture Change the Game, and Flash Foresight for future months.  And we have presented Switch, Strengths-Based Leadership, Delivering Happiness, The Big Short, and Drive.  We would have presented All the Devils are Here at the February First Friday Book Synopsis, but a snowstorm caused us to cancel that event, so I will present this book in March.

We tend to stay away from personal finance and investment books at our event.  That leaves us with only two on the list for us to consider:  Getting More (on negotiation) and The Comeback.

We provide a four-six page handout with each of our presentations for each book, and we record our presentations at our live event.  If you don’t have time to read these books, or want a quick refresher, you can purchase our synopses of these, and many other business books, with audio + handout, at our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

Here’s the February 4 New York Times list.

1 THE INVESTMENT ANSWER, by Daniel C. Goldie and Gordon S. Murray. (Business Plus, $18.) Five questions every investor should ask. (†)
2 THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work. (†)
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.”
4 DEBT FREE FOR LIFE, by David Bach. (Crown Business, $19.99.) A financial coach advocates paying down personal debts. (†)
5* GETTING MORE, by Stuart Diamond. (Crown Business, $26.) Strategies for negotiation, whether at business or at home. (†)
6 SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (†)
7 CHANGE THE CULTURE, CHANGE THE GAME, by Roger Connors and Tom Smith. (Portfolio/Penguin, $25.95.) Advice for managers on how to emphasize accountability in the workplace. (†)
8 THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host. (†)
9 THE COMEBACK, by Gary Shapiro. (Beaufort Books, $24.95.) Innovation as the engine of American economic growth. (†)
10 FLASH FORESIGHT, by Daniel Burrus with John David Mann. (Harper Business, $27.99.) How to solve business problems before they arrive. (†)
11 STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader. (†)
12* DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (†)
13 THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.
14 DRIVE, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $26.95.) What really motivates people is the quest for autonomy, mastery and purpose, not external rewards.
15 ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. (Portfolio/ Penguin, $32.95.) Two business journalists ex­amine the financial crisis of 2008.