Perusing the Biz Section

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

Credit: Ben Eenhoorn, 2005

  1. 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.
  2. THINK LIKE A FREAK, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of “Freakonomics.”
  3. FLASH BOYS, by Michael Lewis. (Norton.) The world of high-frequency computer-driven trading, from the author of “Liar’s Poker.”
  4. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown.) Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.
  5. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
  6. #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso. (Portfolio/Penguin.) An online fashion retailer traces her path to success.
  7. 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.
  8. STRESS TEST, by Timothy F. Geithner. (Crown.) The former Treasury secretary explains the choices he and others made
 during the financial crisis.
  9. POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg. (Random House.) A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.
  10. 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.

Meg White

Meg White is the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine's Weekly Book Scan blog. Contact her at mwhite[at]

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  1. Hamid Aziz

    Outliers is a great book. I highly recommend it.