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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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Review Roundup

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 10, 2008, at 4:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

David Brooks had praise of the highest order for The World is Curved in his op-ed on Tuesday, writing: In his astonishingly prescient book, The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy, David M. Smick argues that we have inherited an impressive global economic system. It, with the U.

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BusinessWeek review of The Snowball

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2008, at 1:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The new Warren Buffett biography, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, is reviewed in BusinessWeek by Amy Feldman: Buffett's Ferocious Focus . . .

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An Advance Review of Panic

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 6, 2008, at 3:27 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The LA Times' books blog, Jacket Copy, has an advance review of Michael Lewis's upcoming title, Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity, due out in December. Discussing authors who would dare to offer up a book in the current, constantly changing economic climate, Nick Owchar writes: I wouldn't want to be a financial writer with a book coming out later this year--every pre-plunge-written text about the U. S.

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** Contest Alert ** Trial by War

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 3, 2008, at 4:05 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

* ATTENTION: CONTEST IS OVER! * Today, I'm offering a book and CD set of James M. McPherson's book entitled Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.

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Green Collar Economy

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 2, 2008, at 2:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Another seemingly awesome read just came to my attention per a client that wanted these books for a meeting this month for her employees. It's called Green Collar Economy and boy does this sound like exactly what this country needs right now. It's by Van Jones and it's basically a wake-up call to our economy and the movers and shakers within its walls.

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Reviewing Reviews: Part II

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 26, 2008, at 9:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I have a few more links for you all before I leave for the weekend. There are only two actual reviews among them, but it's the end of the day on a Friday afternoon, and I had to name this post something. First up, BusinessWeek's Jessica Scanlon penned an interesting profile of the incomparable Seth Godin--maketing guru, friend of the company, and the man who just today taught me the difference between Stephen R.

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Mapping Books

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 17, 2008, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There are many different ways to read. For me, in college, it was a highlighter and ink notes on the side. Now it's post-its and drawings in the margin.

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Book Review Roundup

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 16, 2008, at 4:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We haven't taken a look at what books the big business magazines have been covering for awhile, in part because the coverage has been kind of slim. The Economist has covered some really, really, interesting looking books, but seems to have taken a hiatus from business books. Even BusinessWeek is reviewing business books with a bent toward the larger picture rather than your more typical business book.

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Nick Hornby on Naked Economics

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 28, 2008, at 2:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In Naked Economics, Charles Wheelan makes an analogy between music "piracy" and farming, writing "You spend all summer tending to your corn crop and then your neighbor drives by in his combine, waves cheerily, and proceeds to harvest the whole crop for himself. " Though an overall fan of the book, Nick Hornby disagrees with that specific sentiment. Writing about it on his blog on Tuesday, he grabbed hold of Wheelan's analogy and took it to a hilarious conclusion.

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The Myth of Multitasking

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 28, 2008, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It seems we all "multitask" these days. . .

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BusinessWeek review of Hell's Cartel

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 22, 2008, at 1:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Last week BusinessWeek reviewed Hell's Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler's War Machine by Diarmuid Jeffreys. Hell's Cartel is about IG Farben's decision to utilize death camp labor during WWII to speed up efforts to develop synthesized plastics. The German chemical group was famous for discovering ammonia and (at Bayer, a subsidiary) sulfa, the first antibiotic.

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Wired Reviews

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 21, 2008, at 7:31 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Wired Magazine doesn't review books in depth that often, so I was surprised that they were the first (that I've seen) to review Thomas Friedman's upcoming book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can Renew America. It is reviewed by Garret M. Graff, author of The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House.