October 24, 2005

News & Opinion: Russian Bestsellers

By: Jack @ 2:38 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

As I was browsing The Atlantic Monthly, I found a list composed of bestselling books in Russia. Three of the books on the list were business related. Here's the list and The Atlantic Monthly's descriptions:
  1. I Take My Words Back by Viktor Suvorov.
    Description: A Russian military historian finds flaws in the memoirs of the late Soviet World War II hero Marshal Zhukov--and takes his words back for him.

  2. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
    Description: World economic institutions are purportedly shown to be as corrupt and conspiracy-ridden as Russians always believed them to be.

  3. The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive
    Description: Animal photos and corny captions as mood enhancers, compiled by a Tasmanian author.

  4. My Life by Bill Clinton
    Description: The memoirs of Russia's favorite American president.

  5. Catherine the Great: The Diamond Cinderella by Aleksadr Bushkov
    Description: A patriotic account of a German noblewoman's rise to the Russian throne and of her rule as an enlightened despot.

  6. Hunting for Werewolves by Aleksandr Khinshtein
    Description: A Dumba deputy's expose of the gravest threat to law and order in Russia: "werewolves" (corrupt law-enforcement officers).

  7. Business is Psychology by Marina Meliya
    Description: Self-help for the disgruntled Russian businessman.

  8. Lost Civilization: In Search of Lost Mankind by Aleksei Maslov
    Description: The "true" history of mankind, including Atlantis, our vanished horned ancestors, and mysterious giants.

  9. Doctor Sinelnikov's Practical Course: How to Learn to Love Yourself by V. Sinelnikov and S. Slobodchikov
    Description: A step-by-step course in supermarket psychology, Russian-style, for sufferers of low self-esteem.

  10. The Mafia Manager: A Guide to the Corporate Machiavelli by V
    Description: An anonymous author confirms what Russian entrepreneurs already know: business isn't about mission statements, but about who whacks whom--commerically, of course.