A New Title at the top of the NY TImes List: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh of Zappos

As I have blogged about before, I believe the best list of business best-sellers is the New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers list.  It comes out at the beginning of each month.  There is a new title at the top of the list, a title that we have not yet presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  Seldom does a book come from “nowhere,” and land at the top of the NY Times list in its first month.  But…  here it is:  DELIVERING HAPPINESS:  A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life.   Tony Hsieh is the “visionary CEO of Zappos,” and the cover of the book looks like Zappos.

The rest of the list is what we expected, and we have presented most of these except the “finance” books (and I have presented The Big Short for a client at his request).

The list was published July 1, 2010.  Here’s the list.

1 DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (†)
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 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 SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (†)
5 DRIVE, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $26.95.) What really motivates people is the quest for autonomy, mastery and purpose, not external rewards.
6 THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work. (†)
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 THE FACEBOOK EFFECT, by David Kirkpatrick. (Simon & Schuster, $26.) The origin of Facebook.
9 THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY, by Dan Ariely. (Harper/HarperCollins, $27.99.) How we can make better choices about money and relationships given the human tendency toward irrational, emotional decision-making.
10 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 MORE MONEY THAN GOD, by Sebastian Mallaby. (Penguin Press, $29.95.) Hedge funds and how they came to be.
12* CRISIS ECONOMICS, by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm. (Penguin Press, $27.95.) How the global financial system broke down in 2008, and what may happen if new regulations are not embraced.
13 CONQUER THE CHAOS, by Clate Mask and Scott Martineau. (Wiley, $21.95.) The way to the top for entrepreneurs over¬whelmed by a small business. (†)
14 STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader. (†)
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.” (†)

To purchase our synopses/briefing of some of these titles, with audio + handout, check out our companion site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

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