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strategy+business's Best Books of 2014

By Ryan Schleicher, published November 5, 2014, at 6:19 AM in News & Opinion

The s+b yearly list is always decidedly and refreshingly different than most others.

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The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

By Dylan Schleicher, published September 25, 2014, at 6:38 PM in News & Opinion

A shortlist for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced yesterday. The books chosen focus very much on the big-picture issues of the day, "the most important trends shaping our world" as the press release puts it, so the switch from Goldman Sachs to McKinsey as a partner to FT has not reduced the scope of the books as I thought it may. (I speculated back in May when the announcement was made that McKinsey would now be backing the award that it may change focus to the more nuts-and-bolts business management issues that McKinsey ostensibly focuses on in its own work.

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The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Longlist

By Dylan Schleicher, published August 7, 2014, at 6:44 PM in News & Opinion

I speculated back in May when submissions opened for The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company 2014 Business Book of the Year Award that the books they looked at would be more focused on business nuts-and-bolts issues now that a consultancy firm (McKinsey) had taken over for an investment bank (Goldman Sachs) as the Financial Times' partner on the awards. I also thought they would not be announcing a longlist as they had in the past because it was not on their awards schedule. It seems I was wrong on both counts, because The Financial Times and McKinsey announced a longlist this morning, and the books on it are mostly big-picture books, not nut-and-bolts business and management books.

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Authors On the Road, Changing the World

By Aaron Schleicher, published August 6, 2014, at 6:43 PM in News & Opinion

Here at 8cr, we are so fortunate to work, and form long-lasting relationships with, really great authors who are sharing important ideas with people around the world. We see them out on the road speaking to hundreds of groups a year, trying to make the world of business a better place. Spending time away from their friends and families, they work hard to make sure that the ideas that they’ve captured on paper are helping people become better leaders, communicators, listeners.

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A Covert Departure

By Dylan Schleicher, published May 30, 2014, at 11:09 PM in News & Opinion

Today is officially the last day of Jack Covert's tenure as President of 800-CEO-READ, a company he founded and has led since 1984. If it were up to us as a staff, we would find some grand gesture to mark the occasion. We would release a flock of exquisite birds in his honor, or etch "Thanks, Jack" onto the face of the moon.

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The Elite Eight: Our Picks for the Top Business Books of 2013

By Sally Haldorson, published December 23, 2013, at 4:17 PM in News & Opinion

Click on the links below to read more about our choices for the top books of 2013, as well as the books that made our category shortlists. We will be announcing the Best Business Book of 2013 at our (mostly) annual We Believe in Books party in NYC the second week of January. Stay tuned!

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The Everything Store by Brad Stone

By Sally Haldorson, published December 4, 2013, at 9:51 PM in Staff Picks

So, how does a specialty bookseller like 800-CEO-READ tackle reviewing Brad Stone's new book on the biggest bookstore in the world? We could ignore the book. We could deride the book.

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The FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Shortlist

By Dylan Schleicher, published September 19, 2013, at 7:26 PM in News & Opinion

The Financial Times has announced the shortlist for their annual business book award, co-sponsored with Goldman Sachs. The have narrowed the field to six: The Alchemists: Thee Central Bankers and a World On Fire by Neil Irwin, The Penguin Press Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy by Iain Martin, Simon and Schuster (not yet released in the U. S.

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Books to Watch: September 2013

By Michael, published August 29, 2013, at 5:00 PM in New Releases

Is it really almost September? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was holding a flickering sparkler in one hand while sipping from a perspiring brown bottle of New Glarus. Well it's true; summer really is almost over.

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The FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Longlist

By Dylan Schleicher, published August 7, 2013, at 8:51 PM in News & Opinion

The Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year longlist has been announced. It is, as Andrew Hill of the FT writes, a reading list that mixes low deeds and high hopes (registration required). The list includes: After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder, The Penguin Press The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire by Neil Irwin, The Penguin Press Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger & Kenneth Cukier, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund by Anita Raghavan, Business Plus The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business by Rita Gunther McGrath, Harvard Business Review Press The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím, Basic Books The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone, Little Brown and Company Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant, Viking Books The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton, Princeton University Press How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell, Grove Press Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf Publishing Group Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy by Iain Martin, Simon and Schuster (I don't see that this is being released in the U.

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Author Pow Wow recap

By Dylan Schleicher, published January 24, 2013, at 5:47 PM in News & Opinion

Some of us here at 800-CEO-READ just returned from this year's Author Pow Wow in Austin, TX. What's the Pow Wow? Every year since around 2005, we've gathered a room full of publishers, authors, marketers, speaking experts, designers, editors, agents, sales people, and a few people curious about becoming an author, to talk about what works, what doesn't, and how to make a more successful career as a business author.

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The Author Pow Wow and The Art of Project Management
(For Authors)

By Dylan Schleicher, published December 6, 2012, at 5:51 PM in News & Opinion

The 800-CEO-READ Author Pow Wow is just around the corner, and we still have a few spots open. For those still on the fence, know this: We have last year's keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Tim Sanders—Love is the Killer App, The Likeability Factor, and Today We Are Rich—giving a special half hour session on publishing entitled The Art of Project Management (For Authors). His talk on publishing last year melted minds, and left people changed for the better in opinion and approach.