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  Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | 1:46 PM ET

“Bulletproof Your Job”: New Book Offers Survivor’s Guide

Bulletproof Your Job by Stephen Viscusi
Bulletproof Your Job by Stephen Viscusi

A new book, BULLETPROOF YOUR JOB: 4 Simple Strategies To Ride Out The Rough Times And Come Out On Top At Work by Stephen Viscusi couldn’t have come out at a better time especially with the news about Lehman, Merrill Lynch and AIG.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t work on Wall Street what happens in the world’s financial capital can be felt thousands of miles away from Manhattan.

Viscusi’s book delivers a sucker punch to the gut – one that wakes you up and knocks you silly with real strategies to protect your job and your family’s financial future.

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  Monday, 8 Sep 2008 | 3:40 PM ET

Greenspan Book Rewrites Publishing History

The Age of Turbulence - By Alan Greenspan
The Age of Turbulence - By Alan Greenspan

WOW – Talk about rewriting the book!

In a first -- the folks at Penguin will release tomorrow an electronic version of the epilogue being added to Alan Greenspan’s paperback edition of “THE AGE OF TURBULENCE.” The epilogue updates The Maestro’s view of all the economic changes including the current credit crisis since the original publication of the book in September 2007.

Kindle, Sony Readers and others will be able to download the new 26 pages for $5 just as the paperback editions go on sale in stores.

Penguin is putting together a team to help put out even more of these so-called “eSpecials”.

And mark your calendars now for this very important and timely programming reminder – Greenspan will be on LIVE from Washington tomorrow (Tuesday 9/9) at 4 o’clock with Maria Bartiromo on "Closing Bell."

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Monday, 8 Sep 2008 | 11:46 AM ET

Publishers Push Palin: New Book Being Rushed

Sarah Palin
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Sarah Palin

Zondervan, a Christian publisher of the HarperCollins company is rushing out a biography on Alaska Governor/Republican VP candidate, Sarah Palin.

From the company’s release, “A new biography, titled “Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader” by Joe Hilley … will explore themes from her career in politics, her life as a hockey mom, and her strongly held Christian faith, explaining how they influence her new style of leadership and align with our changing economy in the information age.

The book is scheduled for release nationwide on October 10, 2008.

This is the 2nd book about the PTA/hockey mom/political star - the first Kaylene Johnson’s “Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down”.

See Slideshow: The Many Sides of Sarah Palin.

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | 2:52 PM ET

Greenspan, Buffett & Anonymous: Fall's Must Reads

The Age of Turbulence - By Alan Greenspan
The Age of Turbulence - By Alan Greenspan

It’s back to school time for my kids and it’s back to work for me after an amazing summer full of great reads, interesting meetings with authors and loads of conversations with publicists about upcoming books.

This fall promises to be incredibly busy with the publications of some highly anticipated books that will surely become must reads including: Alice Schroeder’s “THE SNOWBALL: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life.”

Alan Greenspan’s “AGE OF TURBULENCE: Adventures in a New World” will include a new epilogue for its paperback release - and “Anonymous” will reveal him/herself when “BEAR TRAP: The Fall of Bear Stearns and the Panic of 2008” is released later this month.

YES of course all these authors will appear on CNBC – I mean c’mon that was the whole point of all that reading, all those meetings and all those chats I had this summer - sheesh. First up: Greenspan with Maria Bartiromo Tuesday September 9.

Oh yeah, I’ve also updated what I’m reading and what I’m hoping to read. You can check these new read lists out on the Bullish On Books main cover page.

Let me know what is on your must read list for this fall or send me your questions and/or comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 12:44 PM ET

Are You Nice Enough To Lead? New Book Challenges Old Beliefs.

Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office - by Russ Edelman
Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office - by Russ Edelman

Nice guys are in big demand: Every mother wants their daughter to marry one - every homeowner hopes their next door neighbor will be one and every time you interview for a new job – you hope the boss will be one of those “nice guys.”

But somehow, somewhere nice guys have gotten the bum rap.

Nice guys are perceived as wusses – unable to make tough decisions, the so-called corporate doormats – not the type of person you want running a division much less an entire company.

But maybe it’s time to start rethinking our beliefs about nice guys.

Russ Edelman, Timothy Hiltabiddle and Charles Manz believe nice guys may be the biggest untapped resource in business and are hoping to redefine our notion of the “Nice Guy”.

The trio has just written “NICE GUYS CAN GET THE CORNER OFFICE: Eight Strategies for Winning in Business Without Being a Jerk”.

The authors have put together a compelling results-oriented strategy to succeed while being nice! They say today’s leaders – and those who strive to be - owe it to their employees, their shareholders and themselves to be nice.

When Edelman and I recently sat down for lunch I told him I have a sick but great respect for the corporate jerks. In fact I told him one of the best jobs I ever had was working for a world-class jerk. He was a terror: early morning wake-up calls, late night screaming matches, vein-popping/spitting in my face/cursing threats – and those were the good days. Working for that jerk made me tough.

But Edelman says I’ve got it wrong, that a tyrant is as bad for a business as an overly nice guy. He defines a “nice guy” as someone who is strong, courageous, principled, ethical and authentic.

Employees stay with their “nice” bosses, they go the distance, they sing their praises, they revere and work hard for the nice guy in the corner office. Nice guys can put together great teams who can build great companies.

Included in the book are interviews with some legendary “nice guys” among them: Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Vanguard’s John Bogle, Jim Turley of Ernst & Young and Sam DiPiazza of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Being called a nice guy may not be your goal - but leading a successful team, building a successful company and having the respect of your employers and employees, well c’mon now isn’t that nice…isn’t that what we call success?

As for that poster child of a jerk I worked for – I left him and that company for something much better, something much nicer.

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 1:09 PM ET

Phelps Dives In Again: Book #2 Announced!

Michael Phelps
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Michael Phelps

Oh we knew it would only be a matter of time – and today they finally announced it:

Armed with the new eight gold medals around his neck – Olympic uberstar Michael Phelps is going to write a new book.

“BUILT TO SUCCEED” will be published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster this December - just in time for the holidays.

Agents and publicists are promising the book will reveal the secrets of Phelps’ success and go behind the scenes of his approach to training, competition, and winning.

The 23-year old swimmer/author will use his experiences at these Games to include anecdotes about his family, his coach and his passion for the sport. He’ll also include some personal stuff like how he overcame certain obstacles like being diagnosed with ADHD and being raised by a single mom.

This is Michael’s second book – his first, a pre-Beijing autobiography, “Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface” was written after the Athens Games.

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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