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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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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.

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New Harbinger Titles

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 19, 2008, at 9:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Here are some titles that I found a must-read from Harbinger Press. They deal with how to perform better in your current job situation and offer many different perspectives on what to expect from coworkers and bosses. The books go from simple disorganization to dealing with co-workers that are difficult.

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Once You're Lucky....

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 4, 2008, at 8:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Another title, Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good, came across my desk that I was surprised no one had talked about (or ordered from us) before. A little internet company (think Facebook) just ordered a mass quantity. Maybe it's because the book offers new, optimistic views on the internet and its future - or it could be because along with YouTube and MySpace, it's one of the major players in Sarah Lacy's new book.

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The Change Cycle

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 1, 2008, at 8:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A summer title, The Cycle of Change: How People Can Survive and Thrive in Organizational Change, caught my attention today and I was thinking that in this climate of change we're all in, ( what with the election coming up and many companies changing strategies due to the economy) there are many folks getting swept up in organizational change. They are dealing with inner feelings, conflicts, steps, upheaval and what not can put a strain on a person - not just professionally but personally as well (blood pressure, stress, etc). In The Change Cycle, Ann Salerno and Lillie Brock help people through this process.

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5 ways to deal with negativity and foster positivity at work

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 31, 2008, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Thanks to Jon Gordon, author of The No Complaining Rule and The Energy Bus, for contributing this article on positivity. Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity With the mortgage meltdown, floods in the Midwest, $4 a gallon for gas, food prices, the economy, famine, war in Iraq, etc. , many would agree that there is a lot of negativity in the world and certainly a lot to complain about.

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Worth a Second (or Third Look)

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 24, 2008, at 2:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Sometimes, we forget what books have been featured or talked about in the past few months. I came across some books that are worth a second look! One has been recommended by our Change This editor as a must read (Zenobia), another has been a Jack Covert Selects (Myself and Other More Important Matters), while the others I just felt the need to bring them back into the light and recognize them as invaluable resources for today's business environment.

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Plato and the Question of Beauty

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 22, 2008, at 3:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I was browsing new book titles today and one just popped to my attention right away! It's called Plato and the Question of Beauty by Drew A. Hyland.