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The BusinessWeek Best Seller List


1. THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES By Ben Mezrich (Knopf Doubleday $25) An unflattering portrait of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Last month: 3, Months on list: 2

2. A COLOSSAL FAILURE OF COMMON SENSE By Lawrence G. McDonald and Patrick Robinson (Crown $27) Lehman's collapse, up close. Last month: 4, Months on list: 2

3. IN FED WE TRUST By David Wessel (Crown $27.99) A vivid, disconcerting account of Ben Bernanke's response to the financial crisis. Last month: —, Months on list: 1

4. OUTLIERS By Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay Books $27.99) The unexpected factors that lie behind success. Last month: 1, Months on list: 10

5. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE By Erin Arvedlund (Portfolio $25.95) How Bernie Madoff was able to deceive so many smart people. Last month: —, Months on list: 1

6. HOW THE MIGHTY FALL By Jim Collins (Jim Collins $23.99) The seeds of decay can be sown—unnoticed—while a company rides high. Last month: 2, Months on list: 4

7. HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK By John C. Maxwell (Center Street $9.99) The 11 secrets successful people know (for only 10 bucks). Last month: 12, Months on list: 2

8. BETRAYAL By Andrew Kirtzman (Harper $25.99) An examination of the influences that turned Bernie Madoff into King of the Ponzi-schemers. Last month: —, Months on list: 1

9. STRENGTHS-BASED LEADERSHIP By Tom Rath, Barry Conchie (Gallup Press $24.95) The three keys to being a more effective leader. Last month: 8, Months on list: 8

10. PEAKS AND VALLEYS By Spencer Johnson (Simon & Schuster $19.95) The Who Moved My Cheese? author on finding the upside at work. Last month: 15, Months on list: 6

11. MADE TO STICK By Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Random House $25) Six reasons why some ideas catch on while others wither away. Last month: 7, Months on list: 23

12. TRIBES By Seth Godin (Portfolio $19.95) A man, a plan, and a group of followers—that's what you need to foster innovation. Last month: 9, Months on list: 8

13. FREE By Chris Anderson (Hyperion $26.99) Why giving stuff away makes more and more sense in business—like it or not. Last month: 5, Months on list: 2

14. WHO'S GOT YOUR BACK By Keith Ferrazzi (Broadway $25) Don't try to go it alone. Build an inner circle of trusted individuals. Last month: —, Months on list: 3

15. HOUSE OF CARDS By William D. Cohan (Doubleday $27.95) A behind-the-scenes account of why Bear Stearns went bust so fast. Last month: 6, Months on list: 6


1. SWAY By Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman (Doubleday $21.95) Rational explanations for the irrational decisions most people make. Last month: 1, Months on list: 3

2. DEBT CURES "THEY" DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT By Kevin Trudeau (Equity Press $14.95) How to turn bad debt into good credit. Last month: 7, Months on list: 4

3. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? 2009 By Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press $18.95) The enduring job-search bible. Last month: 3, Months on list: 12

4. SUZE ORMAN'S 2009 ACTION PLAN By Suze Orman (Spiegel & Grau $9.99) Safeguards to put in place and mistakes to avoid. Last month: 5, Months on list: 9

5. THE ONE-MINUTE MILLIONAIRE By Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen (Crown $15) A mix of self-help suggestions and advice on money. Last month: —, Months on list: 1

6. HOW TO MAKE MONEY IN STOCKS By William J. O'Neil (McGraw-Hill $16.95) A seven-step system for balancing gains against risk. Last month: 8, Months on list: 13

7. THE SPEED OF TRUST By Stephen R. Covey (Free Press $15.95) Nurturing credibility in your personal and professional lives. Last month: 2, Months on list: 19

8. JIM CRAMER'S REAL MONEY By James J. Cramer (Simon & Schuster $16)The "10 Commandments of Trading." Last month: 14, Months on list: 7

9. MICROTRENDS By Mark J. Penn with E. Kinney Zalesne (Grand Central $14.99) Small changes that are having an outsize impact. Last month: 6, Months on list: 2

10. FACEBOOK MARKETING By Steve Holzner (Que $24.99) Techniques for putting social media sites to work for you—on the cheap. Last month: —, Months on list: 1

11. THE NEW RULES OF MARKETING AND P.R. By David Meerman Scott (Wiley $16.95) Harnessing the Web to reach the customer. Last month: 10, Months on list: 7

12. NUDGE By Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein (Penguin $16) Why we make flawed decisions and how we can start making better ones. Last month: 4, Months on list: 6

13. THE REAL BOOK OF REAL ESTATE By Robert Kiyosaki (Vanguard $19.95) The Rich Dad, Poor Dad author tackles property with expert help. Last month: —, Months on list: 1

14. LIAR'S POKER By Michael Lewis (Penguin $15) The transformation of an art major into a Salomon Brothers bond trader in the '80s. Last month: —, Months on list: 11

15. BRAIN RULES By John Medina (Pear Press $15) How the brain works and a dozen ways to turn this knowledge into success. Last month: —, Months on list: 4


Hardcover Business Books

StrengthsFinder 2.0 By Tom Rath (Gallup Press $21.95)

The Total Money Makeover By Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson $24.99)

Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson (Putnam $19.95)

The 4-Hour Workweek By Timothy Ferriss (Crown $19.95)

Five Dysfunctions of a Team By Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass $24.95)

Good to Great By Jim Collins (Collins $29.99)

Now, Discover Your Strengths By Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton (Free Press $30)

Our Iceberg is Melting By John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber (St. Martin's $19.95)

Paperback Business Books

The Tipping Point By Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay $14.99)

Rich Dad, Poor Dad By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter (Business Plus $16.95)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey (Free Press $15.95)

The 48 Laws of Power By Robert Greene, Joost Elffers (Penguin $18)

Blink By Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay $15)

Getting To Yes By Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton (Penguin $16)

Crucial Conversations By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenney, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan (McGraw-Hill $16.95)

BusinessWeek's Best Seller list is based on a survey of chain and independent booksellers that carry a broad selection of books on economics, management, sales and marketing, small business, investing, personal finance, and careers. Well over 1,000 retail outlets nationwide are represented. Current rankings are based on a weighted analysis of unit sales in August. Titles that have been on the List for more than two years appear as Long-Running Best Sellers.

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