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The New York Times’ Top 10 Bestselling Business Books in October

I’ve always thought that the term “business book” is misleading. It evokes notions of self-help and images of used car salesmen. There’s a somewhat woeful association with motivation–people who read business books are, having hit a lull in their career, looking for something more.

I like this month’s New York Times business book bestseller list because it shows just how diverse and rich this misleading category is. Peter Thiel’s Zero to One (#1 on the list) is a short guide for entrepreneurs. Daniel Kahneman’s tome, Thinking, Fast and Slow, is a collection of famous psychology studies. In Think Like a Freak, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner examine how incentives influence our economic decisions. #Girlboss documents the unlikely rise of Sophia Amoruso, from her years as a dumpster diving hippie to her current post as the CEO of Nasty Gal.

A better label would be “books for people in business,” but even that is a misnomer. I’ve seen many non-business types reading a few of these selections. How about “smart non-fiction?” We’re getting closer, but that sounds a little snobby. Either way, this list is one of the strongest I’ve see, despite your background.

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

1Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

Outliers: The Story of Success

2Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

3This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Thinking, Fast and Slow

4Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

5The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

6The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin

How Google Works

7How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

#GirlBoss

8#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

9Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Think Like a Freak

10Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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