Non-fiction bestsellers

1. Instinct : Tapping Your Entrepreneurial DNA to Achieve Your Business Goals by Thomas L Harrison, published by Warner business books, pp 272, price Rs 750

2. Arafat: From Defender to Dictator by Said K Aburish, published by Bloomsbry, pp 360, price Rs 795

3. Kissinger by Walter Isaacson, published by Simon and schuster, pp 896, price Rs 795

4. The Tiananmen Papers by Andrew J Nathan (Editor), Perry Link (Editor), published by PublicAffairs, pp 580, price Rs 1,295

5. Da Vinci Decoded: Discovering the Spiritual Secrets of Leonardo’s Seven Principles by Michael J Gelb, published by Delta books, pp 224 , price Rs 695

6. Alive and Well in Pakistan: A Human Journey in a Dangerous Time by Ethan Casey, published by Vision books, pp 288, price Rs 500

What the books are about


The first book to combine business management and scientific studies shows how the personality traits of successful entrepreneurs may be inherited, and what you can do to make the jump from employee to entrepreneur. What exactly does it mean to be a ‘born leader’? Are some people naturally endowed with characteristics that lead to success? Could success be the result of something in our DNA? Instinct explores the radical new concept that business success is based on cell biology, evolution, and genetics. Harrison shows readers how to determine if they have inherited these genes, and how to compensate if they are lacking some of these vital traits.


Aburish shows how, before he became corrupted by power, Arafat was a heroic freedom fighter who kept the hopes of his people alive. Now he is out of touch with reality, and his personal ambitions and rejection of democratic principles have reduced him to the status of just another middle eastern dictator. (Originally published in 1998.)


Isaacson, assistant managing editor of Time , has produced much more than another unauthorised biography, giving extensive insights into the younger years of Heinz Kissinger in Bavaria and how they shaped his character, his style in dealing with others, and his worldview. Over 150 interviews with Kissinger intimates, enemies, subordinates, and the man himself generate a less-than-flattering portrayal of the man behind the intellect and the myths. Isaacson covers Kissinger’s Americanisation, his use of Harvard ties to enhance his career, his forays into the stratosphere of the Council on Foreign Relations (NY), and his Washington years and exploits. He also examines Kissinger’s ill-fated negotiations with the North Vietnamese, empire building as national security assistant, shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East, arms control efforts, and later years as private citizen and consultant.

The Tiananmen Papers:

The headline-making book that exposed the inner workings of the Chinese government and the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square. On the night of June 3-4, 1989, Chinese troops violently crushed the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in the history of the communist regime. In this extraordinary collection of hundreds of internal government and Communist Party documents, secretly smuggled out of China, we learn how these events came to pass from behind the scenes. The material reveals how the most important decisions were made; and how the turmoil split the ruling elite into radically opposed factions.

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