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Business Books For The Current Credit Crunch

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 29, 2008, at 2:59 PM in News & Opinion

Shelf Awareness, a great site that follows the book trade, requested book suggestions that would help explain the current credit crisis. On Friday, they ran the piece under the heading Meltdown Lit: Recommended Books for the Wall Street Debacle. Please go check out the whole piece.


Article from Joseph A. Michelli, author of The New Gold Standard

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 29, 2008, at 3:44 PM in News & Opinion

Thanks to Joseph A. Michelli for providing this article for our blog. Shrink Not - Adjust the sail and seek The New Gold Standard of Leadership By Joseph A.


Evolutionary Economics

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 30, 2008, at 9:06 PM in News & Opinion

Found this today. A Fast Company article on evolutionary economics from Michael Shermer, author of The Mind of the Market. If the fruit of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 hasn't landed in your bank account yet, it's likely just a matter of time before you're throwing $600 on the bed just to see what it feels like to roll around in that much cash.

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The train wreck that was Bear Stearns

By Jack, published May 27, 2008, at 1:41 PM in News & Opinion

Caption: "An August conference call fails to calm investors. " On Tuesday May 27, The Wall Street Journal begins a three part analysis of the collapse of Bear Stearns. Buffeted by the most treacherous market forces in a generation and hobbled by indecision, the firm's leaders missed opportunities that might have been able to save the 85-year-old brokerage.


NYT review of Predictably Irrational

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 18, 2008, at 8:35 PM in News & Opinion

The New York Times Sunday Book Review had a great article on Predictably Irrational: A Behavioral Economist's Startling Insights for Irrationally Better Living by Dan Ariely. We've had several good reads on this book, one the reviewer calls "a far more revolutionary book than its unthreatening manner lets on. " Writer David Berreby tells us that: Another sign that times are changing is "Predictably Irrational," a book that both exemplifies and explains this shift in the cultural winds.


Greenspan's inspiration

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 17, 2007, at 5:42 AM in News & Opinion

Greenspan was a big fan of Atlas Shrugged -- a book some consider to be one of the most influential business books ever written. Many have criticized the book for encouraging selfishness. Yet, Greenspan refuted it in a letter to the NYTimes in 1957: 'Atlas Shrugged' is a celebration of life and happiness.


Everyone Talking About Greenspan Book

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 16, 2007, at 4:46 PM in News & Opinion

The media doesn't know what an embargo is anymore. I can tell you that publishers are driven nuts when reporters start talking about a book before it comes out. With the book slated to come out Monday, Alan Greenspan's book The Age of Turbulence is the latest to fall victim to impatience.


Excerpt from The Last Chance Millionaire

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 7, 2007, at 3:32 PM in News & Opinion

The following is a brief excerpt from the book The Last Chance Millionaire by Douglass R. Andrew. The Pitcher of Water Versus the Empty Glass When I give seminars, this is the moment that I introduce the most memorable visual aids I have ever used.


Riding the Freakonomics Wave.

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 3, 2007, at 2:59 PM in News & Opinion

The WSJ picks on the latest economic books saying they're overlooking a more bedrock rule -- that of supply and demand (free access today). From the WSJ: In Discover Your Inner Economist, Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, talks readers through economic rationales for dating (flowers work because they are expensive), charity (give to those who aren't asking) and eating well (at expensive restaurants, avoid dishes that rely too heavily on top-quality raw ingredients). But sales of other new titles that aim to explain weird phenomena in economic terms don't bode well for Mr.


Interesting economics

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 25, 2007, at 2:12 PM in News & Opinion

If all economics classes had a professor like Robert Frank, economics might be a bit more hip. Professor Frank commences his classes by asking students to apply economics to real-world issues. These questions and their answers now make up his recently published book, The Economic Naturalist.


What Podcasts People Are Listening To

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 8, 2007, at 1:58 PM in News & Opinion

Here is a little peak into what people are listening to on our Podcasts blog. This is a ranked list for the first four months of 2007.



By Jack, published May 1, 2007, at 3:23 PM in News & Opinion

In Michael Lewis' brilliant book Moneyball, he tells the story of Billy Beane the GM from the Oakland Athletics. Beane is asked to present to Major League Baseball the reason his organization has been so successful with no little money spent on big name, quality baseball players. His first PowerPoint slide said.