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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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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.

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The Celebirity Experience - Part II

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 13, 2008, at 5:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

For some reason, this morning I recalled something I read in Donna Cutting's The Celebrity Experience. In the beginning of the book she talked about assisted living and it struck a cord with me. One of my friends works in a place for senior citizens and they implemented some things that were brought up early on in The Celebrity Experience to make the residents feel more at home.

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Super Tuesday!!

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 5, 2008, at 8:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

To welcome voters to this year's biggest primary (a. k. a Super Tuesday), I came across a book that was just published by the University of Illinois Press entitled: Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns by Erika Falk.

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The Celebrity Experience

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 29, 2008, at 4:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I went to one of my favorite places for lunch last week. It's simply called Soup's On, a great little spot to get, well. .

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Edison on Innovation

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 17, 2008, at 7:40 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I just read a neat book that's coming out soon (Feb. 2008) about Thomas Edison. Now, for those of you who just know the man from the movies starring Rooney ( "Young Tom Edison") or Cagney (Edison the Man or "Edison 2.

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New Excerpt - from Reaching the Goal

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 11, 2008, at 3:25 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We've got a new excerpt up on the Excerpts blog. It's taken from Chapter 3 of Reaching the Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints by John A. Ricketts.

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New Excerpt up - from The Sales Manager's Success Manual

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 11, 2007, at 7:04 PM – Filed under: Big Ideas & New Perspectives

There's a new chapter up on the Excerpts blog--Chapter 19 of The Sales Manager's Success Manual by Wayne M. Thomas (AMACOM). This book covers fundamental sales management topics including compensation, forecasting, and motivation, along with more advanced topics such as dealing with internal politics, understanding generational issues, managing up, and developing intuition.

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New Excerpt - from Beat the System

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 20, 2007, at 2:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's a new excerpt up on the Excerpts blog. It's taken from Chapter 2 of Beat the System: 11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World by Robert W. Macdonald.