Excerpts Rss

Finding the right book at the right moment can be life changing. Picking up the wrong one is a waste of time and money. To know which it will be, you need to start reading. We help you get started by bringing you excerpts of the latest books so you can find the right one for you.


An Excerpt from The Fine Print

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 19, 2012, at 6:41 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

Since Michael did such a fine job in his review of Steven Johnson's Future Perfect on Monday of describing how the future may well be, well. . .


Precision Marketing

By Sally Haldorson, published September 18, 2012, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The folks over at Kogan Page generously provided us with an excerpt from Sandra Zoratti and Lee Gallagher's book Precision Marketing: Maximizing Revenue Through Relevance. Zoratti is an author and speaker, as well as the Vice President of Marketing, Executive Briefings and Education at Ricoh and manages a business created from former IBM and Ricoh companies located in Boulder, Colorado. She was named the recipient of the 2012 Business Marketer of the Year Award by the Business Marketing Association.


Stolen!, an Excerpt from Digital Wars

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 6, 2012, at 3:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Reading JP Mangalindan's recent story about how the browser wars are back in Fortune reminded me of a great book by Charles Arthur that Kogan Page put out in late April. Arthur is The Guardian's technology editor, and the book is Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the Battle for the Internet. It's a fascinating history, well told and concisely written.


Every Nation for Itself, An Excerpt

By Dylan Schleicher, published April 30, 2012, at 9:01 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

One of the real stand-out successes in business books of 2010 was Ian Bremmer's The End of the Free Market. It stood out because it wasn't a typical business book—it seemed like something more likely to come out of Foreign Affairs than Portfolio—and there wasn't much precedent for a book of its type being a big commercial hit in the genre. His previous book, The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall was a critical success, selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2006, and got him on some of the cable talk shows, but The End of the Free Market turned into a national bestseller.

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The Fear Index, a business thriller

By Sally Haldorson, published January 23, 2012, at 6:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We're thrilled (seriously! ) to post an excerpt from Robert Harris (best selling author of Fatherland, Pompeii, and The Ghost Writer, which was made into a movie with Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, and many others) to showcase his new novel The Fear Index may not be our typical fare, but the novel appeals to us for many reasons: a master storyteller, the drama of hedge fund trading, a really creepy old book--Darwin in this case--, lots of money, and lots of thrills. To start the adventure, read below!


Is Your Idea Crazy Enough? An Excerpt from Creative Thinkering

By Sally Haldorson, published September 28, 2011, at 5:42 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Management & Workplace Culture

IS YOUR IDEA CRAZY ENOUGH? An Excerpt from Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work by Michael Michalko The playful openness of creative geniuses is what allows them to explore unthinkable ideas. Once Wolfgang Pauli, the discoverer of electron spin, was presenting a new theory of elementary particles before a professional audience.


The Flaw and the Preface to Lost Decades

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 26, 2011, at 5:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This will be the second year that 800-CEO-READ sponsors a film at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Last year it was the David Hillman Curtis directed concert film of David Byrnes's 2008/2009 tour, Ride, Rise, Roar. As a company full of musicians and music lovers, sponsoring the film seemed to fit our personality and culture.


An Introduction to Willpower

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2011, at 9:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Another Labor Day has passed, but your labor never ends. . .

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The Innovator's DNA - An Excerpt

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 19, 2011, at 6:17 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You may know Clayton Christensen for his classic works on innovation, The Innovator's Dilemma and The Innovator's Solution. In fact, The Innovator's Dilemma was included as one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Todd wrote something that struck me as I revisited the review he wrote for the book today.

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In the Smallest of Moments - An Excerpt From TouchPoints

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 18, 2011, at 8:39 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We get pitched to a lot—about books, ideas, authors, projects; from authors, publicists, agents and publishers. It is part of what we do here, and listening to all comers is part of how we weed through the massive amount of material that is published each year, find what we think are the best projects, make connections and stay successful. But it can get a little tiring at times, especially when you know someone isn't really thrilled about the project, idea or author they're pitching.

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How the West Was Lost - An Excerpt

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 15, 2011, at 11:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Farrar, Straus and Giroux has some really great books on economics out right now, with more in the works and on the way. I will talk about Shraga F. Biran's Opportunism on this blog soon, but I'd like to turn now to a book that's being released today—New York Times bestselling author Dambisa Moyo's How the West Was Lost.

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An Excerpt from The Network Is Your Customer

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 10, 2011, at 4:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The following excerpt comes from The Network Is Your Customer by David L. Rogers, a book being released tomorrow by Yale University Press. Rogers is the executive director of the Center on Global Brand Leadership, and his book has received endorsements from great thinkers like Jeff Jarvis (What Would Google Do?