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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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Don't Quit Your Day Job

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 4, 2010, at 9:01 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There are a great many (and many great) literary books about work. There are those that search for the deeper meaning of work by interviewing others about the work they do, such as Po Bronson's What Should I Do with My Life? , Studs Terkel's Working, and The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alex De Botton.

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Pete Carroll and the Grateful Dead

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 27, 2010, at 8:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

After leading a train of counter culture, tie-dyed long-hairs around the country for over three decades, the Grateful Dead is now being used to teach valuable lessons in some unlikely places. David Meerman Scott and Brian Halligan released a great book last month with John Wiley and Sons about how the band built its devoted following and the many lessons they offer marketers today. Basketball legend, Dead Head and current NBA announcer Bill Walton wrote in the book's introduction that "Brian and David's newest book, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead, is like a powerful, hard-charging anthem that fills in so many of the blanks while closing the circle of life all around us.

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Two Google, or Not Two Google

By Sally Haldorson, published September 15, 2010, at 12:56 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Most of our employees have hidden talents. We're a creative bunch and while we love business books, we also love to dabble in various other art forms. We have musicians, collectors, writers, performers.

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The Female Vision

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 7, 2010, at 7:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The following review was written by our owner, Carol Grossmeyer, and first appeared in our monthly newsletter, the KeenThinker. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ It’s been a long time since a book has come across my desk that made me instantly stop in my tracks, so I was thrilled when The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work did just that. I was captured first by the arresting cover, a closeup photo of a woman’s eyes and then intrigued by the simple but powerful title, The Female Vision.

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Doing Both and the Importance of Getting Your Feet Wet

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 26, 2010, at 7:38 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Inder Sidhu's Doing Both was number one on the Inc. /800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller List in July. Jon recently sent him three questions he asks of all our best-selling authors, and I really enjoyed his answers: What's the most influential book you've read?

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High Financier

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 10, 2010, at 9:04 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

Niall Ferguson writes big books about really big topics—The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World and The Cash Nexus: Economics and Politics from the Age of Warfare Through the Age of Welfare, 1700-2000, just to name a few. At first blush, his latest book, High Financier, seems different. It focuses on "The Lives and Time" of just one man, Siegmund Warburg.

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Seth Godin's Insubordinate

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 20, 2010, at 6:24 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Seth Godin is a revolutionary—in the best sense of that word. Consider his message at the beginning of Insubordinate—his new(ish) addendum to Linchpin. The opportunities to make change are bigger and more attractive than ever before.

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Steak and Fish

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 16, 2010, at 3:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Sitting in the midst of summer, food is generally a hot topic as cooking becomes more of a regular occasion (grilling out, picnics, etc. ). Two books landed on my desk that admittedly made my mouth water, while imagining the business implications likely addressed within.

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Fortune's Fool

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 7, 2010, at 8:20 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A lot of business is not only getting back on it's feet, some companies are even downright starting to thrive. Except, it seems, any involved in the music industry. While there's certainly some interesting things happening in the independent realm, the major labels are struggling hard, and it's very questionable if they'll ever get back to where they were.

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The Zeroes

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2010, at 8:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Just when you think the stories of excess and insanity on Wall Street can't get any more unseemly, along comes The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane by Randall Lane, released today by Portfolio. In particular, there is the chapter entitled "Nails" about his business relationship with Lenny Dykstra. If you've never heard of Mr.

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Oil: "A Uniquely Human Story"

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 3, 2010, at 8:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Very timely, Tom Bower's eighteenth book, Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century, was released by the Grand Central Publishing house today. It is a riveting story of the last twenty years in oil exploration and speculation. I don't often quote press releases, but this book's is spot on: Oil is a story of intrigue, of greed, of arrogance, and extreme risk.

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The Genius of the Beast & Creation Stories

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 27, 2010, at 5:12 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Tell me a creation story, from the Sumerian Enuma Elish to Tolkien's Ainulindalë in the The Silmarillion, and you've probably got me hooked. So I am reading Howard Bloom'sThe Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism with considerable interest. As the author writes in the prologue: Every Culture needs a creation myth, a vision of how it came to be.