It’s like clockwork. You finish reading one good book, and there are five new ones to add to your “I wish I had time to read all these books” list. And every month, the New York Times comes out with its list of the top ten Business Books Best Sellers. For the October, 2018 list, Doris Kearns Goodwin tops the list with her newly published book simply titled Leadership: In Turbulent Times. She has made quite a study of our presidents, and this book takes a look at some of the presidents in their own turbulent times.
At #2 is the much-anticipated follow-up book to Extreme Ownership by those former Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin: The Dichotomy of Leadership. I have already selected this book to present at the November 2 First Friday Book Synopsis. (I presented Extreme Ownership shortly after it was published).
At our First Friday Book Synopsis, which meets monthly in Dallas, we present two synopses per month. I have been doing each of the two for the last year, since the health problems of my long-time colleague Karl Krayer. (We have had one guest presenter for one book, Ed Savage; and I think he may do a second book soon).
Of the ten books on this month’s best seller list, after the November 2 session, I will have presented synopses of four of the ten: The Dichotomy of Leadership, Principles, Extreme Ownership, and Winners Take All. And Karl Krayer presented his synopsis of Grit.
(You can purchase our synopses, with our comprehensive, multi-page handouts, and the audio recordings of our presentations, at the buy synopses tab at the top of this page. Click here for the newest additions. The synopsis for Winners Take All will be uploaded soon, and of course the new The Dichotomy of Leadership will be available a couple of weeks after November 2. We have many, many other synopses to choose from. Our synopses provide a great way to get a content-rich synopsis of many of the best business books).
Here is the October, 2018 list of Business Books Best Sellers from the New York Times. Click over to their site for a little more information about some of the books, including links to their reviews of some of the books.
#1 – Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
#2 – The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
#3 – Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
#4 – Grit by Angela Duckworth
#5 – Principles by Ray Dalio
#6 – AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee
#7 – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
#8 – Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
#9 – Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
#10 – Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope