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Greenspan's inspiration

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 17, 2007, at 5:42 AM in News & Opinion

Greenspan was a big fan of Atlas Shrugged -- a book some consider to be one of the most influential business books ever written. Many have criticized the book for encouraging selfishness. Yet, Greenspan refuted it in a letter to the NYTimes in 1957: 'Atlas Shrugged' is a celebration of life and happiness.


Everyone Talking About Greenspan Book

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 16, 2007, at 4:46 PM in News & Opinion

The media doesn't know what an embargo is anymore. I can tell you that publishers are driven nuts when reporters start talking about a book before it comes out. With the book slated to come out Monday, Alan Greenspan's book The Age of Turbulence is the latest to fall victim to impatience.


Excerpt from The Last Chance Millionaire

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 7, 2007, at 3:32 PM in News & Opinion

The following is a brief excerpt from the book The Last Chance Millionaire by Douglass R. Andrew. The Pitcher of Water Versus the Empty Glass When I give seminars, this is the moment that I introduce the most memorable visual aids I have ever used.


Riding the Freakonomics Wave.

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 3, 2007, at 2:59 PM in News & Opinion

The WSJ picks on the latest economic books saying they're overlooking a more bedrock rule -- that of supply and demand (free access today). From the WSJ: In Discover Your Inner Economist, Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, talks readers through economic rationales for dating (flowers work because they are expensive), charity (give to those who aren't asking) and eating well (at expensive restaurants, avoid dishes that rely too heavily on top-quality raw ingredients). But sales of other new titles that aim to explain weird phenomena in economic terms don't bode well for Mr.


Interesting economics

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 25, 2007, at 2:12 PM in News & Opinion

If all economics classes had a professor like Robert Frank, economics might be a bit more hip. Professor Frank commences his classes by asking students to apply economics to real-world issues. These questions and their answers now make up his recently published book, The Economic Naturalist.


What Podcasts People Are Listening To

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 8, 2007, at 1:58 PM in News & Opinion

Here is a little peak into what people are listening to on our Podcasts blog. This is a ranked list for the first four months of 2007.



By Jack, published May 1, 2007, at 3:23 PM in News & Opinion

In Michael Lewis' brilliant book Moneyball, he tells the story of Billy Beane the GM from the Oakland Athletics. Beane is asked to present to Major League Baseball the reason his organization has been so successful with no little money spent on big name, quality baseball players. His first PowerPoint slide said.


Market Inefficiencies

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 7, 2007, at 6:38 PM in News & Opinion

I have been walking around with a October issue of Fortune in my bag for months. There is a special section in the 10/30/06 edition called Secrets of Greatness. The Q&A with Michael Lewis is what has kept in my bag.


Daily Dose of The Executive Almanac Part 5

By Jack, published January 15, 2007, at 3:25 PM in News & Opinion

Today's Dose of The Executive Almanac: How to Deal with White-Collar Crime "In September 2004, the Chinese government executed four bank executives for fraud totaling $15 million. The two banks involved were state-owned entities. Wang Liming, an accounting officer at China Construction Bank, was put to death, along with an accomplice, Miao Ping, for stealing 20 million yuan (about $2.


Economics and Minimum Wage

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 2, 2006, at 2:02 PM in Jack Covert Selects

David Henderson, author of Making Great Decisions In Business and Life, had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. It's titled If Only Most Americans Understood [sub. needed].


Truth and Fiction in the Business World

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 28, 2006, at 1:02 PM in News & Opinion

Fortune has a blurb on two books in their Business Life section (pg 190, 7/31/2006). They recommend The Futurist by James Othmer. Dan Pink was telling me about this book at BEA back in May.


Watching the Bestseller Lists

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 21, 2006, at 3:23 PM in News & Opinion

It is very interesting to look at this week's Wall Street Journal bestseller list [sub. needed]. There are three entries on the business list outside of the regulars.