One of the changes in his life is cleaning his room. “My mom has been harassing me for years, but I`ve never done it before Dr. Peterson,” he says. “When is the first, last, or only time a liberal writer complains that the Times list blocked him because of illiberal bias? When was it the first, last, or only time a liberal publisher severed ties to the Times bestseller list like Regnery? Danhof asked. In September 2018, Peterson threatened to sue Cornell University philosopher Kate Manne for defamation after calling her work misogynistic in an interview with Vox. Manne called Peterson`s threat an attempt to curtail free speech. Vox considered the threat baseless and ignored it.    In a criticism often shared by the eminent intellectual Noam Chomsky, Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs called Peterson a “charlatan” who gave “the most basic fatherly life advice” and “added twists to conceal the simplicity of his mind.”  12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a self-help book published in 2018 by Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology. He offers life coaching through essays on abstract ethical principles, psychology, mythology, religion, and personal anecdotes.
In the final chapter, Peterson explains how to deal with the most tragic events, events that are often beyond our control. He describes his personal struggle when he discovered that his daughter Mikhaila was suffering from a rare bone disease.  The chapter is a meditation on how to keep a watchful eye and appreciate life`s little redeemable qualities (i.e. “petting a cat when you meet one”). It also describes a practical way to deal with difficulties: shortening the time of responsibility (e.g., focusing on the next minute instead of the next three months).  The lesson most patients need to hear, he says, is, “Grow up on the devil, take responsibility, live an honorable life.” This is the dream of many writers – to be on the New York Times bestseller list. It is associated with prestige. And increased book sales. What all this means: There are no reliable answers.
Most of us compiling bestseller lists in Canada use a centralized service, BookNet, so our lists are generally reasonably similar, except for a publisher`s quirks in decision-making. While it`s easy to wonder which booksellers report to whom and who sells what, and how those sales are ranked, it`s probably a lot easier than trying to figure out what it means to publish in the United States. In the United States, the book became No. 1 in non-fiction and e-books on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.   It also topped the Washington Post`s list of American bestsellers, and Reuters, at number one. 2 on USA Today`s global list, and topped the hardcover nonfiction category and the overall top 10 for Publishers Weekly, and sold over 559,000 copies as of September 24, 2018.  In the category, it replaced Michael Wolff`s Fire and Fury.  At the end of the year, the hardcover version was the 11th best-selling book with 692,238 copies.  Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, said in late March that the book had already sold more than 700,000 copies in the United States.  The book did not appear on the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and IndieBound bestseller lists.
According to Deborah Dundas, editor of the Toronto Star book, the New York Times said it was not counted because it was published by a Canadian company.  According to Random House Canada, the book was processed correctly for the U.S. market.   Ron Dart, in a review for The Ormsby Review, saw the book as “an attempt to articulate a more meaningful order for freedom as an antidote to the unpredictable. Chaos of our time”, but although “necessary” with exemplary advice for men and women, it is “hardly enough text for the most difficult questions that assail us on our too human path and should be read as such”.   In a review for the Financial Times, Julian Baggini wrote: “As a title, most of its rules are simply timeless common sense. The problem is that when Peterson works them, they carry more fat than meat.  So what if you`re not on the New York Times bestseller list? Well, you may not make it, but that doesn`t mean you won`t get anywhere. The motto of one of your main competitors, the Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, is “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” When it comes to this company`s bestseller list, it`s the truth and process that die in the dark.
The company refuses to explain its guidelines for choosing bestsellers. When she is repeatedly denounced for bias against conservative authors, she categorically denies it. Without transparency, these denials are meaningless. Peterson`s interest in writing the book grew out of a personal hobby of answering questions posted on Quora. One of these questions was, “What are the most valuable things everyone should know?”, to which his answer included 42 rules.  The original vision and promotion of the book was to incorporate all the rules entitled “42”.   Peterson explained that it is “not written only for others. This is a warning to me.  The book is divided into chapters, with each title representing one of the following twelve specific rules of life, which are explained in an essay.
In early February, for example, the Times refused to put Jordan Peterson`s 12 rules for life on its bestseller list, even though a Toronto Star report noted at the time: “It`s the best-selling book in the U.S. at No. 4, according to Publishers Weekly. It`s No. 1 on Amazon. It`s No. 2 on the Washington Post`s list of non-fiction. This is not the case. 4 on USA Today`s global list.
When a star reporter tried to get a response to the omission, many Times people responded with answers that were immediately debunked. Without revealing anything proprietary, are you committing to an independent review of your bestseller selection guidelines to assess whether the selectors` political biases influenced the process? And will you publish these results? The audiobook 12 Rules for Life was number one on Audible in Canada and number three in the United States.  In Canada, it has topped the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller lists since its inception.     According to CBC Books, it is the 4th best-selling Canadian book of the year.  According to the Toronto Star, it was “Canada`s greatest literary achievement of the year,” topping the original non-fiction and Canadian non-fiction categories, with only Canadian poet Rupi Kaur achieving similar sales.  According to Publishers Weekly, Kobo Inc. reported it as the 2nd best-selling audiobook of 2018 in Canada, while according to BookNet Canada and BNC SalesData, the print book ranked 3rd and Peterson was the best-selling Canadian author of the year.  Some of his critics may be surprised to find much of his advice harmless, if old-fashioned: he wants young men to be better fathers, better husbands, better parishioners. [is] simply a principle or an abstraction.” He is “valuable to the besieged young men in our society who need a mentor who tells them to stand up and behave like heroes,” Barron wrote.
 Adam A. J. DeVille took a very different view, calling 12 Rules of Life “unbearably banal, superficial and insidious” and saying, “The real danger in this book is its apology for social Darwinism and bourgeois individualism covered in a theological patina” and that “in a just world this book would never have been published.”  It`s all well and good to think that the meaning of life is happiness, but what happens when you`re unhappy? Happiness is a big side effect. When He comes, accept Him with gratitude. But it`s fleeting and unpredictable. It`s not something to aim for – because it`s not a goal. And if happiness is the meaning of life, what happens when you are unhappy? Then you are a failure. “How many times have I been in a situation where I`ve been set up like a villain?” Lord.