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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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Book reviews in The Economist

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 28, 2008, at 3:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Economist regularly reviews history, business, and nonfiction books in its "Books and arts" section. This week, two reviews caught my eye. Here are brief excerpts from the reviews.

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Roam on Television

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 23, 2008, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Back of the Napkin author Dan Roam has made the rounds of cable television lately, appearing on Fox Business, CNN Money and MSNBC's Consultant's Corner. In both the CNN and FOX interviews, Dan breaks down Microsoft's bid for Yahoo on his whiteboard, and implements the same approach on MSNBC to explain how small businesses can be heard in the marketplace. If you're going to watch only one, I would suggest the one from FOX (I've placed it at the bottom of this post.

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The World Bank and the Gods of Lending

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 21, 2008, at 3:19 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Ever wonder about what has been going on behind the closed doors of one of the most powerful and omnipresent financial institutions? Steve Berkman, a 16-year veteran of World Bank, answers that question and more in his new book. He uncovers mismanagement and hypocrisies that have gone on for decades behind the scenes of the banks' loan programs.

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New Books for Spring

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 20, 2008, at 7:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It may be the social and political climate we are in, but I am seeing more and more books coming out lately dealing with race, gender and politics then ever before. Ideas about how business is conducted on personal and corporate levels are now commonplace areas open for debate and change. How we view business, politics and life are vastly different from even five years ago, let alone 80-plus years past when women weren't allowed a voice in our government.

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Andrea Learned reviews "What Men Don't Tell Women About Business"

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 29, 2008, at 5:39 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Exposed: The Alpha Businessman's Non-Feminine Ways by Andrea Learned I'm not sure I've ever come across a guy as "alpha" as Christopher V. Flett, the author of What Men Don't Tell Women About Business. He just doesn't seem like the type of guy who'd be capable of casually enjoying a happy hour beer.

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New Excerpt up - from The Breakthrough Imperative

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 16, 2008, at 2:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Head over to our Excerpts Blog to find an excerpt from the book The Breakthrough Imperative: The Strategies That Drive the World's Best Managers by Mark Gottfredson and Steve Schaubert. As a general manager, your job is to devise a strategy for performance improvement. Insight into your customers' preferences and behaviors, and into how those preferences and behaviors might change over time, is essential.

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Is Paradise Lost?

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 15, 2008, at 8:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It's that time of year again. . .

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Go Green, Live Rich

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 2, 2008, at 2:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

David Bach--author of the popular Finish Rich series of personal finance books and the man who coined the term Latte Factor--has penned a new book entitled Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying. It is a quick and interesting read, filled with a sense of purpose as well as easy steps that one can take to become a smarter consumer and live a greener lifestyle. There is a widely held view out there that greening your lifestyle is an expensive and painful process.

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New book out: Crucibles of Leadership

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 11, 2008, at 3:44 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader, by Robert J. Thomas, is out from Harvard Business School Press this month. Thomas's premise is that what matters most is what one makes of experience--particularly, the traumatic and often unplanned crucible events that challenge one's identity as a leader.

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BusinessWeek reviews Creating a World Without Poverty

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 5, 2008, at 4:15 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

BusinessWeek reviews Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus: Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work as founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, the pioneering microcredit organization in Bangladesh. He launched Grameen 31 years ago to help poor people start businesses. Since then the microcredit movement has gone global, with copycat organizations springing up in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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Books in the March issue of Portfolio magazine

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 26, 2008, at 6:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The March issue of Condé Nast Portfolio includes a lengthy review of Biography of the Dollar: How the Mighty Buck Conquered the World and Why It's Under Siege by Craig Karmin, published by Crown Business. You can read the review at www. portfolio.

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The Thing About Life....

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 20, 2008, at 5:53 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Wall Street Journals own Stephen Bates' review written about the book The Thing About Life is that One Day You'll be Dead : Coordination and strength peak at 19, IQ at around 20, bone mass at 30, Mr. Shields reports. On the down slope, the brain shrinks, the eyes go cloudy, the metabolic rate falls.