The following is a list of the bestselling paperback business books as ranked by the New York Times on August 9.
1. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell. How and why certain products and ideas become fads.
2. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic theory to everything from cheating sumo wrestlers to the falling crime rate.
3. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The hubris of predictions — and our perpetual surprise when the not-predicted happens.
4. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by by Dan Ariely. The hidden forces that shape our decisions.
5. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis. Wall Street’s tumultuous 1980s, as witnessed by a young bond trader.
6. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The evolving business of football, viewed through the rise of the left tackle Michael Oher.
7. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford.
8. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed. How four central bankers pushed the global economy into the Great Depression.
9. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich. How two Harvard undergraduates created Facebook.
10. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer. Learning more about how we think can help us make better decisions.