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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.


Grit to Great : How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary

By Sally Haldorson, published September 10, 2015, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

How do we learn to have grit if excellence is held higher as a virtue than persistence?


Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

By Michael, published September 9, 2015, at 10:45 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Linda Tirado's first-hand experience as a serial minimum-wager stands in contrast to the elusive American Dream.


A Q&A with Geoff Colvin, Author of Humans Are Underrated

By Dylan Schleicher, published August 19, 2015, at 10:30 AM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs, Innovation & Creativity, Leadership & Strategy, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Geoff Colvin answers a few of our questions about how humans are underrated in an age of rapid technological advancement.


The Superhuman Mind: Free the Genius in Your Brain

By Michael, published August 18, 2015, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Berit Brogaard and Kristian Marlow provide tricks and tools to tap the higher mental abilities we usually associate with savants.

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How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy

By Michael, published July 28, 2015, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Management & Workplace Culture

Stephen Witt's tale of the music business is one of technological disruption, piracy, and an old industry coming into the modern age.

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Television is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age

By Ryan Schleicher, published July 21, 2015, at 11:49 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture, Marketing & Sales

Michael Wolff's new book details why the television industry, despite presentation changes, still reigns supreme.

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Muse: A Novel: A Review

By Michael, published July 14, 2015, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Jonathan Galassi, the President of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, gives us a beautiful tale of publishing and poetry, and the important difference between the two.


The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

By Sally Haldorson, published July 9, 2015, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

Not unexpectedly, there are plenty of leadership lessons, or perhaps warnings, one can draw out of these two Booker Prize winning novels about Thomas Cromwell's 'reign' as King Henry the VIII's primary advisor.


The Perfection of the Paper Clip: Curious Tales of Invention, Genius, and Stationary Obsession

By Dylan Schleicher, published July 7, 2015, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Management & Workplace Culture, Marketing & Sales, Narrative & Biography

James Ward weaves a narrative of invention, entrepreneurship, and sometimes empire through the everyday objects all around us.


What is your favorite summer reading?

By Blyth Meier, published June 23, 2015, at 9:01 AM – Filed under: The Company

Our staff picks summer reading—what they recommend, what they are looking forward to, and what they just cleared their decks to pay attention to.


The Great Disruption: How Business Is Coping with Turbulent Times

By Dylan Schleicher, published June 19, 2015, at 11:00 AM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs, Innovation & Creativity, Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture, Narrative & Biography

Adrian Woolridge's Shumpeter column for The Economist has been mined for the best material and published as a book.

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The Fly Trap

By Michael, published June 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM – Filed under:

Swedish entomologist Fredrik Sjöberg shares ruminations born from a life spent collecting, cataloging, and studying one very specific creature.