Atomic Habits; The Wisdom of the Bullfrog; Poverty, By America – Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for June, 2023

The New York Times has published its list of best-selling business books for June, 2023.Wisdom of the Bullfrog

Yes, Atomic Habits remains at the top spot.  It has been at #1 since well back during the pandemic.

 This list frequently – almost always – includes books published some time back.  In other words, it is quite difficult for a newer business book to break through.  On this month’s list, The Wisdom of the Bullfrog by Admiral McRaven, The Creative Act by Rick Rubin, and Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond are the only three books published in 2023.

 At the First Friday Book Synopsis, our monthly event in Dallas (now in our 26th year) focused on business books, after our July session, we will have presented seven of the ten books on this month’s list:

Atomic Habits

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog

Dare to Lead

Thinking, Fast and Slow


Extreme Ownership

The Creative Act (to be presented in July).

(My former colleague, Karl Krayer, presented the synopses of Thinking, Fast and Slow, and Grit, and after July 7, I will have presented the other five books). Poverty, By America

And, I presented my synopsis of Poverty, By America at the Urban Engaement Book Club session in May, 2023.  This monthly gathering focuses on books dealing with issues of Social Justice, and is sponsored by CitySquarePoverty, By America is the rare social justice book that is also read by business book lovers.

Let me state the obvious – these books are worth your time. The Wisdom of the Bullfrog, Extreme Ownership, and Dare to Lead would provide a very good mini-education on leadership. Thinking, Fast and Slow is a modern-day classic.  And, Atomic Habits is a must read to help you build good habits and get rid of bad habits.

And, let me mention that of the ten books, two – only two – are by women authors.  I seek out books by women authors to present at the First Friday Book Synopsis, but, alas, most months, women authors are still under-represented on this monthly list.

Here is the list of 10 business books from the June, 2023 list of best-selling business books from the New York TimesClick over to their site for links to reviews of a couple of these books.

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear

#2 – The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

#3 – I Will Teach You to be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi

#4 – The Wisdom of the Bullfrog by William McRaven

#5 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

#6 – Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond

#7 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

#8 – Grit by Angela Duckworth

#9 – Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

#10 – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


Dare to LeadYou can purchase our synopses presentations from the buy synopses tab at the top of this page.  On that page, you can search by book title. And click here for our newest additions (Note:  I have added my synopsis of Poverty, By America, presented at the other book club at which I speak monthly, to these synopses available for purchase)

Each synopsis comes with my comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handout, plus the audio recording of my presentation delivered at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.

And, please check out some “bundles” of synopses, arranged by key categories, for your own self-paced learning, at my companion site,

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