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Corporate condottieri shouldn't expect to get combat tips from Warrior Politics, No. 15 on this month's hardback list. Instead of shelving The Atlantic Monthly writer Robert D. Kaplan's meditation on geopolitics and philosophy next to The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, booksellers should put it amid science fiction.

"Ancient history," the author opines, "is the surest guide to what we are likely to face in the early decades of the 21st century." With that as his thesis, Kaplan ruminates upon the teachings of such classical savants as Sun-Tzu, Thucydides, Livy, and Homer, along with relative moderns Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and Thomas Malthus. The result is a mishmash of conventional pieties (e.g., Churchill is good; Chamberlain, bad), term-paperism, and futurist hokum. There'll be a "withering of nation-states, the rise of city-states, and a benign feudalism" ruling the globe. Hey, Scotty, beam me down a copy of The Peloponnesian Wars.

By Hardy Green

HARDCOVER BUSINESS BOOKS

1 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson (Putnam -- $19.95) Learning to accept change.

LAST MONTH: 1 MONTHS ON LIST: 38

2 FISH! Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen (Hyperion -- $19.95) Motivate employees the Pike Place Fish Market way.

LAST MONTH: 3 MONTHS ON LIST: 18

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

LAST MONTH: 4 MONTHS ON LIST: 5

4 JACK Jack Welch, with John A. Byrne (Warner Business -- $29.95) GE's ex-chairman reflects on his life and accomplishments.

LAST MONTH: 2 MONTHS ON LIST: 6

5 FIRST, BREAK ALL THE RULES Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman (Simon & Schuster -- $26) A Gallup probe into managerial success.

LAST MONTH: 7 MONTHS ON LIST: 34

6 NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton (Free Press -- $26) How to bolster your true talents.

LAST MONTH: 5 MONTHS ON LIST: 14

7 BUCK UP, SUCK UP... James Carville, Paul Begala (Simon & Schuster -- $23) Irreverent maxims from the Clinton campaign crew.

LAST MONTH: 6 MONTHS ON LIST: 2

8 PRIMAL LEADERSHIP Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee (Harvard Business School -- $26.95) Using "emotional intelligence" as a leadership tool.

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9 THE ULTIMATE SAFE MONEY GUIDE Martin D. Weiss (Wiley -- $24.95) Secure investments for aging boomers.

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10 THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP John C. Maxwell (Thomas Nelson -- $22.99) A minister's down-to-earth rules.

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11 THE LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF COLIN POWELL Oren Harari (McGraw-Hill -- $21.95) Atten--shun!

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12 DOT.CON John Cassidy (HarperCollins -- $25.95) How the tech boom went bust.

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13 GUNG HO! Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles (Morrow -- $20) How Walton Works No. 2 fired up its employees.

LAST MONTH: 15 MONTHS ON LIST: 34

14 THE ROAD TO WEALTH Suze Orman (Riverhead -- $29.95) Questions and answers from the queen of personal-finance counseling.

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15 WARRIOR POLITICS Robert D. Kaplan (Random House -- $22.95) An Atlantic Monthly columnist's philosophical musings.

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PAPERBACK BUSINESS BOOKS

1 RICH DAD, POOR DAD Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter (Warner -- $15.95) Teach your kids the rules of money that the rich play by.

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2 RICH DAD'S RETIRE YOUNG RETIRE RICH Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter (Warner -- $17.95) Plan ahead.

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3 A BEAUTIFUL MIND Sylvia Nasar (Touchstone -- $16) A biography of Nobel laureate John Forbes Nash Jr.

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4 FAST FOOD NATION Eric Schlosser (HarperCollins -- $13.95) The bad news on burgers.

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5 THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE Stephen R. Covey (Fireside -- $14) Habitually popular.

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6 THE TIPPING POINT Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay -- $14.95) What turns an idea into a hot trend.

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7 THE ERNST & YOUNG TAX GUIDE 2002 The Tax Partners and Professionals of Ernst & Young LLP (Wiley -- $16.95) Only a couple more weeks to go.

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8 J.K. LASSER'S YOUR INCOME TAX 2002 J.K. Lasser Institute (Wiley -- $16.95) Get out those restaurant receipts.

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9 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL Anthony Bourdain (Ecco -- $14) A peek inside the restaurant industry, by a veteran chef.

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10 REAL ESTATE RICHES Dolf De Roos (Warner -- $17.95) Why buildings are better investments than stocks.

LAST MONTH: 9 MONTHS ON LIST: 4

11 RICH DAD'S CASHFLOW QUADRANT Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter (Warner -- $17.95) Move from job security to financial independence.

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12 SMART COUPLES FINISH RICH David Bach (Broadway -- $14.95) Manage your money after you've walked down the aisle.

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13 GETTING TO YES Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton (Penguin -- $14) A Harvard team's step-by-step guide to conflict resolution.

LAST MONTH: 10 MONTHS ON LIST: 80

14 THE COURAGE TO BE RICH Suze Orman (Penguin Putnam -- $14) The rites of passage--and their financial consequences.

LAST MONTH: 7 MONTHS ON LIST: 2

15 THE 9 STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM Suze Orman (Three Rivers -- $13.95) Learn to save.

LAST MONTH: -- MONTHS ON LIST: 14

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 in February.

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