The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the New York Times on January 4.
1.Â SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel.
2. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. hy some people succeed â€” it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent â€” from the author of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
3. Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin. The 2008 financial implosion on Wall Street and in Washington, by a New York Times reporter and columnist.
4. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss. Because life isn’t all about work.
5. Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singe. Amid the turmoil in the Middle East, Israel’s economy continues to thrive.
6. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host.
7. Jim Cramer’s Getting Back to Even by James J. Cramer with Cliff Mason. The “Mad Money” host offers advice for investing in a changed market.
8. Googled: The End of the World As We Know It by Ken Auletta.Â A comprehensive study on how Google became media’s premier digital company.
9. How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins. Companies fail in stages, and their decline can be detected and reversed.
10. The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System by Charles Gasparino. How Wall Street’s love affair with risk (and enormous profits) and government mismanagement caused the global economy to implode.
11. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff. Analyses of centuries of financial blunders.
12. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk. How the Web can help turn your passion into a business.
13. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford. A philosopher and mechanic argues for the satisfactions and challenges of manual work.
14. Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. Three keys to being a more effective leader.
15.Â Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse by Peter D. Schiff with John Downes. This updated edition tells how to remedy the current economic crisis that the first volume predicted would occur.