The Wolf of Wall Street Sits at #1 – Here’s the February, 2014 Best Sellers List of Business Books from the New York Times

Lean InWell, you knew it had to happen at some point.  Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is not the #1 best selling business book this month.  It fell all the way down to #3 – after being #1 since the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.  (Ok – actually only since shortly after it came out).

Here is the February, 2014 Best Sellers list of Business Books from the New York Times.  They changed how they compile and list the books in some way (I’m not quite sure) a short while ago, and their change included this:  they went from two lists (hardcover, and paperback) down to one. And in their earlier method, the hardcover list was 15 books, and the paperback list was 10 books. Now, the single list is only 10 books.  With this change, there seem to be more “older” books making a recurring appearance to the list.  (With the old method, such books were usually found on the “paperback” list).    

A couple of observations. Two earlier Malcolm Gladwell books are on this list:  The Tipping Point and Outliers, while his new book David and Goliath is simply not being included in the business book category.  (It is #2 on this week’s New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction best sellers list).  And, Lean In is #5 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list this week.

And I suspect that The Wolf of Wall Street, this month’s #1, got a boost from the movie…  Maybe Lean In will get a another similar “new boost” when the movie comes out.   (Yes, there are plans to turn Lean In into a movie).

From the ten titles from this month, we have presented synopses of 5 of them at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  I presented Lean In, The Power of Habit, Outliers, and The Tipping Point.  (I have referred to The Power of Habit twice in the last week – it is a useful/helpful book).  My colleague Karl Krayer presented Thinking, Fast and Slow.   (You can purchase our synopses of these books – see below).

Here’s the February, 2014 Business Books Best Sellers list from the New York Times.  (Go to the New York Times link for brief descriptions of each book).


THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, by Jordan Belfort.




LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell.


THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman.


OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell.


THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg.




PEOPLE TOOLS, by Alan C. Fox.


ON THE EDGE, by Alison Levine.


THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell.


15minadYou can purchase our synopses of these books, with our multi-page, comprehensive handouts plus the audio of our recordings of our presentations from the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas, at our companion web site,

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