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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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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.

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What to Say to a Porcupine

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2008, at 2:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This cute, recently published, little book came to my attention the other day when a company called in to place an order for books to give to their staff. I was taken aback by the title and wondered what kind of a book this was, until that is I pulled it up on our website and found out that the subtitle was: 20 Humorous Tales that Get to the Heart of Great Customer Service. What to Say to a Porcupine is a book that contains twenty different tales all centering around customer service and it offers topics for group (or single) discussion at the end of each fable.

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Business Novels

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 3, 2008, at 3:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In his wonderful review of Personal Days in last weeeknd's New York Times Sunday Book Review (free subscription), Mark Sarvas pondered the following: . . .

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Consumer or Consumed? BusinessWeek reviews two books about brands

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 27, 2008, at 4:27 PM – Filed under: Marketing & Sales

Yesterday Dylan did a nice job of summing up the latest reviews and discussions about business books in business magazines. Sometimes it's hard for us to keep up with everything, so here's one from a few weeks ago. In the June 19 issue of BusinessWeek, writer Susan Berfield reviewed two books that "explore the question of whether brands control us, or vice versa": Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker, and Obsessive Branding Disorder: The Illusion of Business and the Business of Illusion by Lucas Conley.

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Outsmart!

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 25, 2008, at 6:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Jim Champy is coauthor of the business classic Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution, which is, without a doubt, one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (we love manifestos). He also wrote the follow-ups Reengineering Management and X-Engineering the Corporation, and just released a new book, Outsmart! , in March.

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The Pixar Touch review in the New York Times Book Review

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 24, 2008, at 8:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Pixar Touch, which was a Jack Covert Selects in May, was reviewed in this past Sunday's New York Times Book Review. Read the review here.

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The Future of the Internet

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 20, 2008, at 3:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You guessed it! Another book was brought to my attention the other day when someone called and placed a mass quantity order for their employees to read, the other day. The book was: The Future of the Internet.

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First Stop in the New World

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 18, 2008, at 6:03 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I've commented before on how small the world is getting and how business attitudes have and must change to comply this fact. Many places around the globe are either losing their stance with the global economy because they may have not recognized the need for change or they just lost the "IT" factor; while other countries are picking up the flack, so to speak. First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century gives such a locale as an example that many people have either not thought about being in a power position or just written off because they don't know much about the city.

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The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 16, 2008, at 2:15 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Dave Balter seems to love proving people wrong. People thought he was crazy when he created one of the first word of mouth media companies, BzzAgent. But, through his work, he has proven that people are not only willing, but actually want to be involved in learning about brands and products, and helping spread the word about them, if engaged with and listened to.

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Personal Days

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 16, 2008, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Just how absurd (silly, mundane, hypocritical, etc - pick one or use your own) has the workplace gotten since the introduction of new technologies and the seemingly endless barrage of office politics? In his new novel, Personal Days, Ed Park examines the culture of business like it has never been examined before. He makes up a New York company, adds a bit of George Orwell, dabbles in office romances and starts it all off with a certain employee getting a phone call on a Sunday from the office.

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Superclass

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 9, 2008, at 8:47 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A company recently ordered a bunch of copies of a book called Superclass the other day and I had to look into getting them some copies. Boy, did it sound interesting once I did some research! So interesting in fact that I had to get a copy for myself.

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Guilty Pleasure: Miss Walters' New Book

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 2, 2008, at 8:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

OK, I know this is getting quite a bit of media attention already, but I'm going to add to it here and now regardless. This past weekend, our sister company, Harry W. Schwartz Bookstores brought Barbara Walters in for a signing/interview session at Alverno College .