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We are known for our business book expertise, but most of our staff started working here because of our passion for books, not business. 800-CEO-READ is a company filled with voracious readers—talented, creative individuals who know books, and who excel at getting the right books into the hands of the right people. Whenever we can, we like to do that by telling you about the books we’ve been reading.




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Stranger to Fiction

By Jack, published July 7, 2011, at 1:10 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I read something in the industry newsletter Shelf Awareness recently that took me aback. It was from an interview Philip Roth did with Jan Dalley of the Financial Times. The conversation I’d longed to have with him since I first read him many decades ago, a conversation about fiction itself, died an early death.

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International Business Machines, Making the World Work Better

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 1, 2011, at 4:16 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Who knew that corporate history could be so beautiful? Just the name of the place, International Business Machines Corporation, makes it sound like a drab and soulless place, definitely gray. But IBM has a rich and colorful history, as the material they've been producing to celebrate their 100th year in existence makes abundantly clear.

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Bursting the The Filter Bubble with Phil Gerbyshak

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 24, 2011, at 6:48 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We exist under a mountain of books here at 800-CEO-READ, so we share them fairly regularly with our friends. And there's one friend in particular that always returns the favor—not by giving us more books (that would be somewhat cruel), but by giving us reviews of the books that we give him. And Phil Gerbyshak has come through again.

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Pychopaths, Tangled Webs, and the Possibility of a Moral Economy

By Dylan Schleicher, published June 17, 2011, at 7:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

How we have come to define the debate on free and fair trade in this country and around the world fascinates, and often frustrates me. I think trade needs to remain just that—free and fair—but I don't believe that "free" necessarily means "unfettered," or that "fair" means "protected. " Those that point to the fact that more open markets in China, India and elsewhere have pulled more people out of poverty more quickly than any other force in the history of the world have the past 30 years of evidence on their side, and those that argue that labor and environmental concerns need to have a seat at the table so that they're not being exploited have history on their side.

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Read and Adapt

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 23, 2011, at 9:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We last covered Tim Harford here when Random House released his last book, The logic of Life, which we reviewed as a Jack Covert Selects. But you may have heard his name more recently because of the press that his new book, Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, has been getting. There was an excerpt on Slate last week entitled The Airplane That Saved the World: What the RAF's World War II Spitfire Can Teach Us About Nurturing Innovation and Radical Ideas.

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Fixing the Game

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 17, 2011, at 3:38 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

With the NFL owners and players union currently in court over the lockout, it might seem like an odd time to use the NFL as an example for how to run anything. But current labor disputes aside, the NFL is by far the most successful business operating in sport today—it must be doing something right. And Roger L.

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Opportunism

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 21, 2011, at 4:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Opportunism is a bad word in our culture, and an excellent book released earlier this year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. To get a popular definition of the word, let's turn to our society's new reference of choice—Wikipedia. The entry on opportunism begins by describing it as "the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances, with little regard for principles.

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In the Books - Off to the Printers XIII

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 13, 2011, at 7:57 PM – Filed under: The Company

The article below was printed in last year's In the Books—our annual review of the best in the business genre. It my (possibly ill-advised) attempt to look at how some of the books published in 2009 tackled the macroeconomic issues, with a (possibly ill-advised) splash of Candide thrown in awkwardly, for emphasis. If you don't feel like reading the entire essay on the topic, you can skip to the end of the post and see F.

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In the Books - Off to the Printers XII

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 11, 2011, at 7:53 PM – Filed under: The Company

In another installment from the annual review of business books we produced last year, we have an article from friend and former president of the company, Todd Sattersten. In it, he discusses the meta-themes in business thought that he and Jack uncovered as they spent 18 months compiling, reading, choosing and writing The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ The Five Universal Themes in Business BY TODD SATTERSTEN What happens when you spend 18 months reading the best in business literature?

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In the Books - Off to the Printers XI

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 6, 2011, at 7:16 PM – Filed under: The Company

After an always busy year-end of hosting our Author Pow-Wow, reading and judging books for our 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, producing our annual review of business books, planning our Book Awards Party in New York City, trying to keep up with our more mundane and unsung daily tasks, and working on our secret, obviously unannounced plans of world-domination, we're beginning to see the light here in the New Year. One big recent step was sending our annual review off to the printers*, and in a tradition I started last year to wrap up the project, I'd like to share with you here some of what we have written in previous issues. (I've also put links to previous entries in this series at the end of this post.

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Ten Picks from The Globe & Mail

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 20, 2010, at 10:53 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Harvey Schachter of The Globe and Mail has listed what he believes are The top 10 Business Reads of 2010. With a bias toward practical and immediately applicable books over "big idea" titles, this is an especially great list for managers. He chose: The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide for Building Inner Excellence by Richard Daft, Jossey-Bass The Management Mythbuster by David Axson, John Wiley & Sons Hundred Percenters: Challenge Your Employees to Give It Their All, and They'll Give You Even More by Mark Murphy, Jossey-Bass Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Broadway Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, Riverhead How To Hire A-Players: Finding the Top People for Your Team- Even If You Don't Have a Recruiting Department by Eric Herrenkohl, John Wiley & Sons Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith, Hyperion Get Rid of the Performance Review: How Companies Can Stop Intimidating, Start Managing—And Focus on What Really Matters by Samuel Culbert with Lawrence Rout, Business Plus Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth by Edward Hess, Columbia Business School Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best.

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Bloomberg Picks 30

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 19, 2010, at 9:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Here's a list we missed late last month. Though the post is rather cryptically titled Hellhound Bites Citigroup, Schwarzman Finds Gold Mine: Top Business Books, Bloomberg's James Pressley explains exactly why they put the list together: With so many business books being published each month, we’re often asked for recommendations. Here are 30 of our favorite hardbacks published this year.