It’s been awhile since we checked in with the business section of the New York Times bestsellers list, so I thought we could peruse the shelves together. The ranking below reflects sales in June 2014.
Credit: Ben Eenhoorn, 2005
- CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by Thomas Piketty. (Belknap/Harvard University.) A French economist’s analysis of centuries of economic history predicts worsening inequality and proposes solutions.
- THINK LIKE A FREAK, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of “Freakonomics.”
- FLASH BOYS, by Michael Lewis. (Norton.) The world of high-frequency computer-driven trading, from the author of “Liar’s Poker.”
- OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown.) Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.
- LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
- #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso. (Portfolio/Penguin.) An online fashion retailer traces her path to success.
- THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life.
- STRESS TEST, by Timothy F. Geithner. (Crown.) The former Treasury secretary explains the choices he and others made
during the financial crisis.
- POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg. (Random House.) A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.
- THRIVE, by Arianna Huffington. (Harmony.) Personal well-being as the indispensable third measure – with money and power — of success.
But like I always say, just because it’s a bestseller doesn’t mean it’s good. I’d love to hear from you about which of these books deserve a read, and which ones are a pass. Or, if you’re devouring a new book that should be reviewed at the Book Scan, that’s worth a shout-out, too.