Michael Jantz oversees “special projects,” a task that corrals any number of imaginable alterations and re-imaginings of the umpteen books 800-CEO-READ so gracefully sells day after day. But never content with the appellations of the common workplace, Michael also now enjoys exploring other avenues of 800-CEO-READ’s enterprise, including reading, writing, design, and lively conversations with those writers whose books the company sells. It is a happy time for Michael, whose love of books and good company has found 800-CEO-READ's office and philosophy to be like nutrient-rich compost to his hungry, burrowing roots.

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How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson

By Michael, published April 10, 2015, at 7:30 AM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Dr. Scott takes on the importance of where kids spend their time. The book is a manifesto on the importance of getting outdoors, and a handbook to show you how.

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Pushkin Press and Yasushi Inoue's Life of a Counterfeiter

By Michael, published March 10, 2015, at 8:00 AM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

A peek at one of the UK's most outstanding small presses, and a review of a newly-reprinted classic of Japanese literature.


The Change Book: How Things Happen by Michael Krogerus & Roman Tschäppeler

By Michael, published January 15, 2015, at 2:05 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Krogerus and Tschäppeler's tiny and elegantly-designed book has a simple message: change.


The Innovators

By Michael, published October 29, 2014, at 4:06 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

Throughout The Innovators, Isaacson maintains a delicate balance between the drama of human relationships and the crucial technical details.


How Not To Be Wrong

By Michael, published October 25, 2014, at 7:39 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs, Management & Workplace Culture

I have very little background in math ... But, despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf.


Books to Watch: October 2014

By Michael, published October 2, 2014, at 8:14 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Fall is in full swing, and the list of excellent books is a mile high. Whether you're in need of something on big-picture strategy or personal improvement, the options are many. Here are a few that are on our radar for October.


Jack Covert Selects - Powers of Two

By Michael, published August 15, 2014, at 7:42 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

There is something thrilling about reading accounts that reveal something about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius.


Books to Watch: August 2014

By Michael, published July 29, 2014, at 7:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Well here we are again—Summer is drawing to a close and we've hardly put a dent in that towering stack of summer reads. Don't fret, though—we still have a few weeks to sneak in a couple more books. Here are some new titles for Summer's end that'll help you start your Fall off right, with plenty of great ideas and new perspectives.


Books To Watch: February 2014

By Michael, published January 30, 2014, at 7:30 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Eventually it'll be time to crack a book or fire up that ereader. You'll be wise to consider these four promising titles for February.

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Jack Covert Selects - Junkyard Planet

By Michael, published November 14, 2013, at 2:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter, Bloomsbury Press, 304 pages, $26. 00, Hardcover, November 2013, ISBN 9781608197910 You have probably wondered (and maybe even think you have a good idea of) what happens to your garbage after it leaves your home. But, have you ever wondered how much your garbage is worth?


Books to Watch: September 2013

By Michael, published August 29, 2013, at 5:00 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Management & Workplace Culture, Marketing & Sales, Personal Development & Human Behavior, Publishing Industry

Is it really almost September? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was holding a flickering sparkler in one hand while sipping from a perspiring brown bottle of New Glarus. Well it's true; summer really is almost over.


Saatchi & Saatchi: A Love Affair

By Michael, published August 27, 2013, at 12:02 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Love. It’s what smart companies want from their customers, followers, and fans. Many companies successfully establish their brands, but don’t take the extra steps to earn love from their audiences.