Staff Picks Rss

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.


How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life

By Ryan Schleicher, published February 17, 2016, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Caroline Webb shows readers how to use recent discoveries in behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform our every day.


The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America

By Michael, published February 16, 2016, at 11:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

In her new book, Ann Neumann looks squarely at the issues surrounding death and dying in America.


This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon

By Sally Haldorson, published February 11, 2016, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers have written a speedy compendium of sports stories and human behavioral tendencies that serves up social science insight with agility and good humor.


The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It...Every Time

By Sally Haldorson, published January 22, 2016, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

The author of Mastermind, a book that instructed us to think with deduction and precision in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, brings us The Confidence Game, a look at some of the most skillful cons every executed, how the grifters performed them, why people were often willing participants to the bitter end, and how we can be more aware and less likely to be taken for a ride.


What books are you giving this holiday season?

By Blyth Meier, published December 21, 2015, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: The Company

Here’s what our staff is giving this holiday season.

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6 Non-Fiction Gift Books for the Business Reader (and really, anyone)

By Sally Haldorson, published December 15, 2015, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture

When a tie or scarf just won't do.


What books are on your holiday nightstand?

By Blyth Meier, published November 23, 2015, at 8:00 AM – Filed under: The Company

The 800-CEO-READ family is all set for the Thanksgiving holiday, and have some great books on hand to take with us to the couch after the feasting is done!

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The Go-Giver: A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea

By Michael, published October 21, 2015, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Bob Burg and John David Mann played an interesting role in bringing our Special Projects Manager Michael Jantz to our company. Michael explains.


Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum

By Aaron Schleicher, published October 15, 2015, at 9:45 AM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs, Innovation & Creativity, Leadership & Strategy, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner have written a tale of loss and hope, of compassion, education, and development, all wrapped up in a beautiful love story.


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

By Sally Haldorson, published October 6, 2015, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Personal Development & Human Behavior

"A creative life is an amplified life. It's a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself." - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic


Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual

By Sally Haldorson, published September 28, 2015, at 10:24 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy, Personal Development & Human Behavior

During World War II, the government issued a classified manual for identifying acts of sabotage. Now Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch, and Cary Greene take that (since declassified) document and apply it to the workplace.


Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

By Michael, published September 23, 2015, at 9:30 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Philip Tetlock pulls back the curtain on his Good Judgment Project, teaching us all to be "superforecasters."