New York Times – Hardcover Business Best Sellers – November 2008
An historical election behind us and a bleak short-term future ahead, we find ourselves at a very interesting time. When will the market hit bottom? How high will unemployment ultimately reach? Will Chrysler and GM survive to see 2010? Can Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress do anything to solve the credit and housing crises?
With so many economic questions facing us, it seems natural that the NY Times list would have more than a few economic tomes in the mix. (We count nine.) Below you’ll find the Top 5 on the New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers list for November 2008 – to see the complete list (and to see an interesting economic read at number 14 this month) follow this link.
At fourteen on the November list (second in October) is a good read by T. Boone Pickens. Part autobiography and part Boone’s plan for America’s energy independence, The First Billion is the Hardest is interesting if for nothing else than it provides a pretty solid plan for reducing our dependency on foreign oil. Obviously his views are less interesting to America now that gas is relatively cheap – though we believe it won’t take much for oil to top $140 a barrel again. (Last we checked Pickens was the only one putting forth a real plan.)
Number 1 this month brings a great Warren Buffet biography by Alice Schroeder. In fact, The Snowball is not only number 1 on the NY Times list, it was also named to our list of the 10 Best Warren Buffet Books of All Time last month. At last count, there are forty-seven Warren Buffet bios currently in print, so you need a guide to decide which ones are worth your time. To see our list of the 10 Best Warren Buffet Biographies, follow this link.
THE SNOWBALL, by Alice Schroeder. (Bantam, $35.) The life of Warren Buffett.
HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.95.) How a green revolution can renew America, by the New York Times columnist.
WHO, by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. (Ballantine, $24.) How to attract and hire the right people for your business. (†)
THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host. (†)
THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $19.95.) Because life isn’t all about work. (†)