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.


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.


Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker

By Dylan Schleicher, published June 3, 2015, at 12:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Mark Vanhoenacker's new book Skyfaring is a beautifully constructed, exquisitely written love letter to flying.


What book have you recommended the most?

By Blyth Meier, published May 27, 2015, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: The Company

Our personal book-pushing habits run the gamut from fantasy to children’s books to memoir and beyond.


The Automatic Customer by John Warrillow

By Blyth Meier, published May 6, 2015, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture, Marketing & Sales, Narrative & Biography

A nuts-and-bolts overview of the subscription business model for those ready to put pen to paper.


What book do you want to read again?

By Blyth Meier, published May 5, 2015, at 10:05 AM – Filed under: The Company

Here’s the books that surely will find their way back to the reading piles of our staff and board.

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Fed, White, and Blue and Finding Identity Through Life’s Transactions

By Ryan Schleicher, published April 29, 2015, at 11:42 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Simon Majumdar went on a mission to discover what it means to be American by exploring what he knows best, food.

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What books are currently on your nightstand?

By Blyth Meier, published April 20, 2015, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: The Company

Here’s what’s currently piled up on our collective nightstands, begging for our attention.


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.