Best Sellers among all books, with books on race topping the list – and, Here is the New York Times list of best selling business books for June, 2020; Atomic Habits still at #1

The New York Times has just published its June, 2020 list of best-selling business books.  It is a good list, that I will share below.

But, first, a few words about another best-sellers list.

StampedBeginningAmazon updates its list of best sellers every hour.  And, right now FrIday, June 5, around 10:30 am Central time, the best-sellers list has gone through quite a transformation.  Books on racism and racial issues, have risen to the top of their list.  Note:  this is not a “category” list.  This is best sellers among ALL books.  As of this hour, out of the top 15 books, notice these:

#1 – White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
#2 – So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
#3 – How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
#4 – We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates
#5 – Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
#7 – The Color of Law:  A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
#8 – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
#10 – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
#11 – Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (And Other Conversations about Race) by Beverly Angela Tatum
#12 – Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
#13 – Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
(#15 – Becoming by Michelle Obama)


(I include the Michelle Obama book because it is the memoir of a black woman in America).

This is nothing short of remarkable.  You may have seen the story of the American Airlines CEO Doug Parker reading the book White Fragility while on a Southwest Airlines flight, and how that sparked quite a poignant conversation with an African American flight attendant.  (Click here to read that story).

White FragilityI have made the decision to present Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi at the next First Friday Book Synopsis (July 3), probably following up with other books dealing with racism in the months to follow.

In other words, this moment calls for serious study and reflection.  This Amazon best sellers list signals hope that people are actually studying and reflecting in a way that might be helpful.


Now, for my usual monthly “best-sellers blog post.” The New York Times has published its monthly list of best-selling business books.

this is the book that we started with in 2019

this is the book that we started with in 2019

Of these ten books, after our July First Friday Book Synopsis, we will have presented seven of the ten at our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis gatherings.  I have presented synopses of Atomic Habits, Dare to Lead, Outliers, and Extreme Ownership.  And, in July, I will present The Ride of a Lifetime.  And my former colleague, Karl Krayer, presented his synopses of Grit, and Thinking, Fast and Slow.

These presentations are given each first Friday of the month in Dallas.  We are in our 23rd year of monthly gatherings, with two book synopses presented at each gathering.

(We have always met at the Park City Club, with their great breakfast and beautiful surroundings.  But, for now, we are meeting on Zoom).

Here are the ten books on this month’s list of best-selling business books.  Click over to the New York Times site for links to reviews of some of these books.

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – Hustle harder, Hustle Smarter by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
#3 – The Ride of a LIfetime by Robert Iger
#4 – Grit by Angela Duckworth
#5 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
#6 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
#7 — Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
#8 — Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
#9 – This is Not a Fashion Story by Danielle Bernstein with Emily Siegel
#10 – The Price of Peace by Zachary D. Carter


Note:  our monthly Zoom meetings are available on YouTube; posted soon after the live event.  Watch this blog for those links each month.   — And, our synopses are available to purchase.  Each synopsis comes with the pdf of the comprehensive, multi-page handout, along with the audio recording of my presentation.  Click on the buy synopses tab at the top of this page.  And, click here for our newest additions.


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