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.

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