Here’s the June, 2014 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers List – Capital by Thomas Piketty sits at the Top Spot

Here is the June, 2014 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers list. Its current version is a monthly list of the top 10 business books best sellers.

{Here’s a side note: an article on, 7 things the most-highlighted Kindle passages tell us about American readers, begins with this:  Conventionally, the most common way of gauging the most popular books in America has been looking at the New York Times’ bestsellers list. I’ll be posting about this intriguing article on Vox later this week.}

CapitalCapital by Thomas Piketty now holds the number one spot, and Stress Test by Timothy Geithner comes in at number four. Lean In still holds a spot on this list, at number six. And Malcolm Galdwell’s Outliers, makes yet another appearance.

There is no doubt about the influence of Piketty’s Capital. It has generated a lot! of discussion, disagreement, accusations of inaccuracy with energetic come-backs by the author (surprise, surprise, the “criticism” and “support” seem to run along political lines…). It is a book that looks like it will be talked about for quite a while.

And, from recent reports, it does appear that Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys is having an impact on policy discussions – I would say a needed impact.

At the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas, our monthly book-based gathering (we’ve met monthly since April, 1998), we have presented synopsis of four of these ten best-selling books, and two more from the list are our choices for our July gathering.

From this month’s list, I have presented my synopsis of Lean In, Outliers, and Flash Boys, and I will present Think Like a Freak in July. My colleague Karl Krayer presented his synopsis of Thinking, Fast and Slow, and will present #GIRLBOSS in July.

Karl Krayer will present #GIRLBOSS at our July gathering
Karl Krayer will present #GIRLBOSS at our July gathering

(We tend not to choose many “finance and economics books, like Capital and Stress Test, though we have selected a few – e.g., Flash Boys).

You can purchase our synopses, with our multi-page handouts, and the audio recordings of our presentations, at our companion web site,

Now, here’s the June, 2014 Business Books Best Sellers list from the New York Times. Click over to the Times web site for a little more detail about each of these books.

2 FLASH BOYS, by Michael Lewis.
3 THINK LIKE A FREAK, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
4 STRESS TEST, by Timothy F. Geithner.
5 #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso.
6 LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell.
7 THRIVE, by Arianna Huffington.
8 SMART MONEY SMART KIDS, by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze.
9 OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell.
10 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman.

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