The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Business, Personal Finance … and Some Surprises

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Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the new expanded electronic reporting options, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, this is the latest of many subject category lists to run in BTW on a regular basis. These are intended as a help in checking inventory, an alert to publishers regarding what's selling, and as a list that the media can run. To view past category lists, click here.

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Several separate lists, all compiled from the last four weeks of sales.

Business and Management top 10:

  1. Leadership, by Rudolph Giuliani (Miramax Books, $25.95, 0786868414)
  2. Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?, by Louis V. Gerstner (HarperBusiness, $27.95, 0060523794)
  3. Take on the Street, by Arthur Levitt (Pantheon, $24.95, 0375421785)
  4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap, and Others Don't, by James C. Collins (HarperCollins, $27.50, 0066620996)
  5. Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel, by Scott Adams (HarperBusiness, $24.95, 0060518057)
  6. Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, by Stephen C. Lundin (Hyperion Books, $19.95, 0786866020)
  7. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, by Larry Bossidy (Crown, $27.50, 0609610570)
  8. Jack: Straight From the Gut, by Jack Welch (Warner, $29.95, 0446528382)
  9. Less Is More: How Great Companies Use Productivity as a Competitive Tool in Business, by Jason Jennings (Portfolio, $24.95, 1591840015)

And … in at #10 … from the luckiest guy in the world (he got Leonardo; I'm angling to get Horshak from Welcome Back, Kotter to play me someday):

10. The Art of the Steal: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business From Fraud, America's #1 Crime, by Frank W. Abagnale (Broadway, $14, 0767906845)

The top three Personal and Work Productivity books, as always:

  1. Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson (Putnam, $19.95, 0399144463)
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey (Fireside Books, $14, 0671708635)
  3. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson (Hyperion Books, $11.95, 0786881852)

Top two Company-Specific books:

  1. 100 Years of Harley-Davidson, by Willie G. Davidson (Bulfinch Press, $65, 0821228196)
  2. The Ford Century: Ford Motor Company and the Innovations That Shaped the World, by Russ Banham (Artisan, $40, 1579652018)

Personal Finance and Career top 10:

  1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki (Warner, $15.95, 0446677450)
  2. What Color is Your Parachute? (2003), by Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press, $17.95, 1580084605)
  3. The One Minute Millionaire: Transform Your Financial Reality, by Mark Allen and Robert Hansen (Harmony, $19.95, 0609609491)
  4. What Should I Do With My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question, by Po Bronson (Random House, $24.95, 0375507493)
  5. J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax (2003) (IDG Book, $16.95, 0471228257)
  6. Rich Dad's Prophecy: Why the Biggest Stock Market Crash Is Still Coming and How You Can Prepare and Profit From It!, by Robert T. Kiyosaki (Warner, $21.95, 0446530867)
  7. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, by Suze Orman (Three Rivers Press, $13.95, 0609801864)
  8. The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, by Suze Orman (Riverhead, $14, 1573229067)
  9. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy, by Thomas J. Stanley (Pocket, $14.95, 0671015206)
  10. The Ernst & Young Tax Guide (2003) (Wiley, $16.95, 0471227072)

And just a few interesting picks from the top 50:

  • Business: The Ultimate Resource (Perseus, $59.95, 0738202428)
  • The Hydrogen Economy, by Jeremy Rifkin (Putnam, $24.95, 1585421936)
  • Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, by Paul Hawken (Back Bay, $17.95, 0316353000)
  • Personal Finance Workbook, by David Gardner (Fireside, $14, 0743229975)
  • The Rise of the Creative Class, by Richard Florida (Basic, $27.50, 0465024769)
  • No Logo, by Naomi Klein (Picador, $15, 0312421435)
  • The Frozen-Water Trade: A True Story, by Gavin Weightman (Hyperion, $23.95, 078686740X) -- a January/February 76 pick
  • Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School's Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business, by David Callahan (John Wiley & Sons, $27.95, 0471418196)
  • What Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business, by Harry Beckwith (Warner Books, $21.95, 0446527556)
  • Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties, by Alexandra Robbins (Tarcher, $14.99, 1585421065)
  • Floating Off the Page: The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal's "Middle Column", ed. by Ken Wells (Wall Street Journal Books, $24, 0743226631)

And ... c'mon now:

  • Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People, by Darrin Zeer (Chronicle Books, $9.95, 0811826856)

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