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Here’s the July, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List – Steve Jobs Still at the Top

(Scroll down to see the actual list).

After a few month’s absence, the New York Times has returned with its list of Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers.

As I always note, this is the list that feels “most accurate” to me.  The weekly lists, and the hourly updated Amazon lists, represent too narrow a time horizon, in my opinion.  This list takes a longer, month-long view.

This month, we are seeing some titles that reflect our current political season.  And a couple of others definitely reflect the ongoing financial turmoil.

And, the list demonstrates the lasting power of the Steve Jobs book.  (I presented my synopsis of this book back in the January, 2012, First Friday Book Synopsis gathering.  Here it is, in July, still atop the list).

There are a couple of new titles that will make our list of “possibles” for our First Friday Book Synopsis.  For readers unaware of our event, my colleague Karl Krayer and I have presented one synopsis each of a business book, every month, since April, 1998.  We deliver these presentations at a monthly breakfast meeting in Dallas – open to all.  There aren’t many prominent or influential titles that we have missed over these 14+ years.  You can always check on the titles for the upcoming month’s event by clicking on our home page.  (We usually upload the next month by about the 10th day of the current month).

From this month’s list, we have presented our synopses of the following titles at our First Friday Book Synopsis gatherings:  #1, Steve Jobs; # 2, Imagine; #3, Power of Habit; #5, Thinking Fast and Slow; and #14, Strengths Based Leadership.

You can see the full list, with more description, at the New York Times site by clicking here.  (And, here is the July, 2012 list of the top ten Paperbacks Business Books Best Sellers, also from the New York Times.  We have presented synopses of #1, Outliers; #2, Tipping Point; #3, Freakonomics; #4, Drive; #6, Checklist Manifesto; #8, Moneyball; and #9, The Big Short). 

You can purchase most of our synopses, with audio recordings of our presentations plus our comprehensive handouts, from our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

Here is the July, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List.

1

STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson.

2

IMAGINE, by Jonah Lehrer.

3

POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg.

4

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, by Edward Conard. (Portfolio/Penguin, $27.95.) A former managing director of Bain Capital and a major Romney contributor argues that growing income inequality shows the American economy is working. (†)

5

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman.

6

CHARGE, by Brendon Burchard.

7

PRICE OF INEQUALITY, by Joseph E. Stiglitz.

8

SCREWED!, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.

9

HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR LIFE?, by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon.

10

END THIS DEPRESSION NOW!, by Paul Krugman.

11

$100 STARTUP, by Chris Guillebeau.

12

REAL CRASH, by Peter D. Schiff.

13

HOW EXCELLENT COMPANIES AVOID DUMB THINGS, by Neil Smith with Patricia O’Connell.

14

STRENGTHS-BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.)

15

WINNER TAKE ALL, by Dambisa Moyo.

Here is the list of Hardcover Business Best Sellers from the New York Times for June, 2011

Here is the list of Hardcover Business Best Sellers from the New York Times for June, 2011.

Except for finance Books, and a few others, we present most of these business best sellers at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  (Our next session is on July 8 – the 2nd Friday of July, because of the holiday weekend).  My colleague Karl Krayer will present Onward, # 2 on this list, by Howard Schultz.

There are some new books on the list.  I will present the #1 book, Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski at the September First Friday Book Synopsis.  I have been reading about this book for a few weeks, appreciate her work on Morning Joe, and had already planned to present this in September.

The Corner Office sounds like a terrific book.  I have read many of Adam Bryant’s columns (from which this book grew — thanks to our blogging colleague, Bob Morris, for keeping us up to date on many of these columns).  But it looks like a difficult book to present in synopsis form because of its format, so we may not choose this one.

Here’s the June list:

1

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

2

ONWARD, by Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon. (Rodale, $25.99.) Schultz tells of his second stint as the C.E.O. of Starbucks and how he helped return the company to profitability.

3

THE WIZARD OF LIES, by Diana B. Henriques. (Times Books/Holt, $30.) A New York Times financial writer details the story of Bernard Madoff, from his rise on Wall Street to his conviction for creating a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

4

PRESCRIPTION FOR EXCELLENCE, by Joseph A. Michelli. (McGraw-Hill, $28.) Lessons for the health care field from the U.C.L.A. Health System. (†)

5

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

6

THE THANK YOU ECONOMY, by Gary Vaynerchuk. (Harper Business/HarperCollins, $24.99.) Tips on using social media tools to connect to customers. (†)

7

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

8

KABOOM!, by Darell Hammond. (Rodale, $24.99.) Hammond describes how he created Kaboom, a nonprofit that provides communities with the resources to build playgrounds. (†)

9

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

10

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

11

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. (†)

12

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

13

NO FEAR OF FAILURE, by Gary Burnison. (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, $27.95.) Conversations with world-class leaders reveal tips on how to handle challenges. (†)

14

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

15

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

What Books are on the Current Business Best Sellers list?

This is  a simple “information – fyi” blog post.

It’s hard to know what the real business best selling books are.  But one list that comes out only monthly is the New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers list.  Because it is only once a month (thus it’s not updated hourly like the Amazon list, which can make for some unexpected best-sellers with short-lived moments at the top), it might be a better representation of the true best sellers over time.

So – what does the latest (April 29) list tell us?  This:

Finance/Wall Street dominates the list.  Of the 15 books, 8 deal with money/Wall Street/personal finance issues.  (The Big Short by Michael Lewis is number one.  It is also number one on the Hardcover Nonfiction list).  Of the other 7, we have presented (or will present soon) 6 at the First Friday Book Synopsis.

That leaves only one non-finance book that we have not presented or do not have scheduled:  The Daily Carrot Principle, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton.  And this book does not quite match our usual parameters – it appears to be a “daily devotional” for time management/productivity.  A good idea, but tough to do in a synopsis format.

(We seldom do finance/Wall Street books.  But it is getting tougher to keep that practice…  there are so many!)

Here are the books from the list we have presented, or have scheduled to present within the next two months:

# 3 on the list:  Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
# 4 on the list:  Switch, by Chip Heath And Dan Heath.
# 6 on the list:  Rework, by Jason Fried And David Heinemeier Hansson.
# 7 on the list:  The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss.
# 8 on the list:  Drive, by Daniel H. Pink.
# 14 on the list:  Superfreakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt And Stephen J. Dubner.

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Note:  four of these synopses, Outliers, Switch, The 4-Hour Workweek, and Superfreakonomics, are available on our companion web site, with handout + audio, at 15minutebusinessbooks.com.  The other two, ReWork and Drive, will go up on the site over the next two months.