March 4, 2008
News & Opinion: Bestsellers Overseas
Recently, I found a book called India's Century by Kamal Nath, that would be a great precursor to our listing of February's top sellers in other countries. Here's just a sampling of the book, from chapter five:
In the foreign mind, it was Mumbai (Bombay), of all Indian cities, that used to be the best suited to evoke a vision of modern India. This was all the more evident when I, as the minister for the environment and forests, represented India at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development - the "Earth Summit", as it was called - in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 1992. In the course of the conference, which lasted 11 days, I got to know the representatives of a large swath of nation-states, many of them so new that I could barely locate them in a world atlas. Some of them had been born as a result of the breakup of the USSR; others were little specks of land strewn across the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. Many of these representative of new countries, as I could sense, had difficulty in placing New Delhi, the capital, on their mental map of India (unless, of course, they were told that it was close to the Taj Mahal, which brought a glint of recognition to every eye). But Mumbai was know to one and all. The Ukrainian or Moroccan knew it as the home of India's film industry. The man from the little island republic in Micronesia on the other hand, knew Bombay as a financial center, while the Trinidadian knew the city as the home of Sunil Gavaskar, the cricket legend.
Now, here is what was selling overseas:
# 1 Rules to Break and Laws to Follow - Denmark
# 2 Purpose - Bangladesh
# 3 How: Why We Do Anything Means Everything...in Business - United Kingdom
# 4 Smarts: Are We Hardwired for Success? - Mexico
# 5 Strengths Finder 2.0 - Australia
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Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.