September 2, 2006

The BusinessWeek Best-Sellers of 2003

The top-selling business books as reported January through December, 2003

Paperback Business Books

1. FAST FOOD NATION By Eric Schlosser (HarperCollins -- $13.95) The bad news on burgers and fries, by an Atlantic Monthly writer.

2. NICKEL AND DIMED By Barbara Ehrenreich (Owl Books -- $13) How the working poor struggle to make ends meet.

3. THE TIPPING POINT By Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay -- $14.95) What turns an idea into a hot trend, by a New Yorker writer.

4. THE E-MYTH REVISITED By Michael E. Gerber (HarperBusiness -- $16) A systems approach for small-business success.

5. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? By Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press -- $17.95) The 2003 edition of the enduring job-search bible.

6. REAL ESTATE RICHES By Dolf de Roos (Warner -- $17.95) Why buildings are better investments than stocks.

7. REAL ESTATE LOOPHOLES By Diane Kennedy, C.P.A., and Garrett Sutton, Esq. (Warner -- $16.95) Tax and legal knowhow.

8. THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON By George S. Clason (Signet -- $6.99) Save 10% of what you earn, then pay your bills.

9. RICH DAD'S RETIRE YOUNG, RETIRE RICH By Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A. (Warner -- $17.95) Plan ahead.

10. THE ERNST & YOUNG TAX GUIDE 2003 By Ernst & Young, LLP (Wiley -- $16.95) Dig out those W2s and 1099s.

11. EFFECTIVE PHRASES FOR PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS By James E. Neal Jr. (Neal Publications -- $10.95) How about: ``attaboy''?

12. THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR, REVISED EDITION By Benjamin Graham, with Jason Zweig (HarperBusiness -- $19.95) The classic explanation of ``value investing.''

13. J.K. LASSER'S YOUR INCOME TAX 2003 By the J.K. Lasser Institute (Wiley -- $16.95) Home-office deductions, the alternative minimum tax, and other traps for the unwary.

14. IT'S NOT HOW GOOD YOU ARE, IT'S HOW GOOD YOU WANT TO BE By Paul Arden (Phaidon -- $7.95) An ad man's aphorisms on success.

15. THE POWER OF FOCUS By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt (Health Communications -- $12.95) Zoning in on achievement.

Hardcover Business Books

1. GOOD TO GREAT By Jim Collins (HarperBusiness -- $27.50) How run-of-the-mill companies make the leap to excellence.

2. EXECUTION By Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan (Crown Business -- $27.50) Translating business strategies into results.

3. WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE? By Po Bronson (Random House -- $24.95) Overcoming confusion to find your true calling.

4. THE GREAT UNRAVELING By Paul Krugman (Norton -- $25.95) A Princeton University economist takes on the Bush Administration.

5. LEADERSHIP By Rudolph W. Giuliani (Talk Miramax -- $25.95) Hizzoner speaks.

6. THE PRESENT By Spencer Johnson (Doubleday -- $19.95) The pursuit of happiness and success, as described in a fable.

7. THE ONE MINUTE MILLIONAIRE By Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen (Harmony Books -- $21) Chicken soup for the investor.

8. REEFER MADNESS By Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin -- $23) The underground economy in porn, pot, and migrant labor.

9. THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM By Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass -- $22) Overcoming behavior that obstructs teamwork.

10. TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER By Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson -- $24.99) Getting rid of debt and building up your reserves.

11. THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT By Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (Free Press -- $26) Apply the rigors of the gym to your work and personal life.

12. THE LAWS OF MONEY, THE LESSONS OF LIFE By Suze Orman (Free Press -- $26) More maxims for prospering, from the queen of personal finance.

13. IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD By Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg (Random House -- $35) The former Treasury Secretary tells why Clintonomics worked.

14. PURPLE COW By Seth Godin (Portfolio -- $19.95) Emulate Krispy Kreme and Dutch Boy paints, and astonish your customers.

15. RE-IMAGINE! By Tom Peters (DK Publishing -- $30) ``Think beautiful...think weird'' and other instructions, in an eye-popping format.

BusinessWeek's Best-Seller List is based on a survey of chain and independent booksellers that carry a broad selection of books on economics, management, sales and marketing, small business, investing, personal finance, and careers. Well over 1,000 retail outlets nationwide are represented. Current rankings are based on a weighted analysis of unit sales.

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