Bullish on Books with Gloria McDonough-Taub


  Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | 12:25 PM ET

George Soros AND Jack Ryan, New Hot Reads

I’m so behind in opening up my mail, I must have 60 new books I still need to look at, but I did open one package today from McGrawHill. Inside, Robert Slater’s newest book, “SOROS: The World’s Most Influential Investor.” »Read more
  Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 6:38 PM ET

The End Of Wall Street, Freaks In Hollywood & Poll Results

One of the best publicists out there – Larry Hughes of Collins sent me a pitch tonight about one of his books with a great title.

The book is called “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL GUIDE TO THE END OF WALL STREET AS WE KNOW IT: What You Need to Know About the Greatest Financial Crisis of Our Time--And How to Survive It.”

Dave Kansas is the author and narrates of a three-part Wall Street Journal Digital Network documentary, "The End of Wall Street: An Oral History," created with Wall Street Journal Books. (*You gotta love that corporate synergy*)

UPDATE: Want to browse inside -here's a look at the first three chapters:


This book deal caught my eye: The Slate’s columnist Edward Jay Epstein is putting together a Freakonomics-like look at the movie industry in a book to be called, “THE HOLLYWOOD ECONOMIST” set for publication in 2010.


I dunno if “better late than never” really is” better” – but that’s not stopping the folks at The Encyclopedia Britannica.

The Telegraph reports Britannica is planning NOW to battle Wikipedia. The folks at the 240-year old Britannica are going to let the public write articles for its online edition – in response to how the paper puts it, “the phenomenal success of the website.” I love how the Brits put things so, well - understated.

Jorge Cauz, president of Britannica, is quoted as saying the encyclopedia is not trying to mirror Wikipedia and will be a "different type of animal".


The votes are in from yesterday’s Bullish On Books (BOB) poll regarding who you think will make more money now that they’ve all signed up to do the speaking tours – Former President G W Bush, Laura Bush or Former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

Drum Roll please: BOB readers says of the three, “W” will bring in the most money on the talking tours.


Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 3:27 PM ET

Former President Bush Gets Ready To Talk

Laura Bush, George Bush and Condoleezza Rice
Laura Bush, George Bush and Condoleezza Rice

Former President Bush may be kickin’ up his heels now that he’s back home in Texas – but he won’t be kickin’ back for long.

I got an email today from the folks at Washington Speakers Bureau – they have the biggest of the bigs on their roster – and yep, they just signed W and the former First Lady Laura and Former Secretary Condoleezza Rice.

Following his time in the White House Former President Bill Clinton was a very popular speaker – making more than $40 Million over about six years on the talk circuit, according to the tax records of his wife – Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Makes you wonder –

Palin Goes Back To Washington

Alaska’s Governor and former VP candidate, Sarah Palin has hired the uber attorney, Bob Barnett to represent her. Barnett, is the driving force behind nearly all the successful book deals that come out of Washington. He handles the Beltway’s A-Listers like President Barack Obama, and both Clintons.

Hanks And Harpo Collaborate

And from the folks at Publishers Marketplace : Universal has just picked up the film rights to David Wroblewski's EDGAR SAWTELLE , with Tom Hanks at Playtone and Oprah Winfrey at Harpo Films producing.

(*Note: Universal, like CNBC is owned by parent company, General Electric)

Lev Grossman has a piece in Time about the future of publishing and says what I have long said in this space – that… "A lot of headlines and blogs to the contrary, publishing isn't dying. But it is evolving, and so radically that we may hardly recognize it when it's done. “

Some predictions, ”More books, written and read by more people, often for little or no money, circulating in a wild diversity of forms, both physical and electronic, far outside the charmed circle of New York City's entrenched publishing culture. Old Publishing is stately, quality-controlled and relatively expensive. New Publishing is cheap, promiscuous and unconstrained by paper, money or institutional taste."

And real readers will love this, "Novels will get longer--electronic books aren't bound by physical constraints--and they'll be patchable and updatable, like software. We'll see more novels doled out episodically, on the model of TV series or, for that matter, the serial novels of the 19th century. We can expect a literary culture of pleasure and immediate gratification. Reading on a screen speeds you up: you don't linger on the language; you just click through. We'll see less modernist-style difficulty and more romance-novel-style sentiment and high-speed-narrative throughput. Novels will compete to hook you in the first paragraph and then hang on for dear life.”

    • 'Benjamin Button' Leads Oscars With 13 Nominations

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 3:45 PM ET

"W" Will Get You Reading

President George W. Bush

Yesterday I asked you whose book do you want to read more: George W Bush, Laura Bush or VP Dick Cheney’s?


W wins by 53%

Cheney comes in 2nd with 33%

And the First Lady comes in with 23% of the results.

My thanks to Jeff from Columbus who sent in some suggested titles for the President's upcoming book including:

"Fool Me Once, Can Get Fooled Again"

"Pardon Me But Don’t Misunderestimate Me"

And for the First Lady's book, Jeff suggests, “Desperate Republican Housewives: Inside Edition” or “If I Had Only Known…”

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 11:21 AM ET

Bush’s Farewell Address – Not The Final Chapter

President Bush speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Ron Edmonds
President Bush speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

President George W. Bush will be on TV tonight to deliver his farewell address.

It’ll be “W’s” final televised opportunity to put his own imprint on his legacy before he leaves office. He’ll do all this in front of a friendly crowd of invited guests gathered in the White House East Room. The rest of us will have to watch it on our TVs at 8 p.m. EST.

The White House says it will be his last major appearance before power transfers to Barack Obama on Inauguration Day.

Mr. Bush has recently, through a series of news conferences, speeches and interviews, tried to re-shape how history might judge him - even though - he has repeatedly said it will be up to the historians to define his years in office. He says now, "I leave town with a great sense of accomplishment and my head held high."

Recently in an Oval Office interview, Bush said tonight's speech would include “a lot of thanks and a lot of praise for folks in the country, thank you for letting me serve, and probably go through a little bit of lessons learned.” He added, “Whatever I say, it shouldn’t be very long.”

I’m sure he’s saving the "long" stuff for his book.


Send me your suggestions for the title of the President's book and your other comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 12:12 PM ET

Barnes & Noble Slashes Corporate Jobs

The world’s largest bookseller Barnes & Noble, Inc. made history today – and not the type it wanted.

BKS today announced it’s eliminating about 100 jobs in its corporate headquarters.

The company said in a release that most of the job eliminations were due to the reduction in store openings and consolidation of functional areas within its retail and online operations.

“Although our people, from top to bottom, did a terrific job in managing expenses and maximizing productivity,” said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., “the current business climate and the downturn in retail sales mandate that we reduce corporate overhead costs as appropriate to our overall sales volume.”

“It should be noted, this is the first time in the company’s history we’ve had to do this,” Mr. Riggio added. “The business climate in which we are operating is unprecedented, and therefore, the reduction in expenses is inevitable.”

In the release the retailer said its providing an “enhanced severance plan as well as offering healthcare benefits for the next 12 months” to those employees affected by the move.

In addition, the company said it will be providing outplacement counseling and transition seminars.

  • Retail Sales Slump More than Expected, Down 2.7%

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 12:30 PM ET

Holiday Spirit Takes Me Away!

I'll be taking some time off from the blog until after the new year. But please make sure you come back for new posts in the first days of 2009. Until, then, Happy Holidays to all!

Questions, comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | 6:30 PM ET

Borders Shares Plummet as Loss Widens

Posted By: AP

BooksellerBorders says its third-quarter loss widened because of falling sales, falling short of analyst estimates.

Shares of Borders , which closed at $1.68 Tuesday, plummeted more than 30 percent in extended trading Tuesday.

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Borders reported a net loss of $175.4 million, or $2.90 per share, compared with $161.1 million, or $2.74 per share in the same quarter of last year. That includes charge of more than $133 million for tax and asset impairments.

Excluding charges, Borders says its loss was 64 cents per share.

The company says revenue dropped to $693.4 million, from $765.2 million in the same quarter last year.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected a loss of 50 cents per share, on average, on revenue of $726.5 million for the quarter.

-CNBC.com staff contributed to this report.

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  Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

Wall Street Crisis Good For Authors

Ok so we all know we’re going to be paying for this economic mess for years - now I can tell you we’ll also be reading about it for many years to come.

This financial fiasco is now the subject of at least four new books that are being rushed to print.

New York Times business reporter and frequent guest on CNBC, Andrew Ross Sorkin is set to write, “TOO BIG TO FAIL”, a behind-the-scenes account of the personalities and policies that led to the biggest debacle in American finance since the Depression.

Peter Goodman also of the Times will write, “HOCUS POCUS” tracing the roots of the crisis and he’ll look into the future - exploring the economic opportunities and challenges that may arise in a new financial period of thrift and pullback.

Belgium-based economist and journalist Johan Van Overtveldt's has signed a deal to write, “BERNANKE'S TEST: BEN BERNANKE, ALAN GREENSPAN, AND THE DRAMA OF THE CENTRAL BANKER.” This book will look at how the present crisis is -in Van Overtveldt’s opinion- largely a result of Greenspan's policies, and how Bernanke may be the one to lead us to the promised land.

Roger Lowenstein's Author of Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist will write, “SIX DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD”, a look at how the crisis played out on Wall Street and in Washington. Lowenstein is also the author of “Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist.”

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  Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 12:38 PM ET

Warren Buffett "Preaches" to 1999's Internet Elite About Fundamental Stock Market Truths

Posted By: Alex Crippen

The first authorized biography of Warren Buffett goes on sale Monday, September 29, and it could very well be the biggest business book of the year, both in sales and weight. \(At 976 pages, the hardcover edition weighs in at three pounds, 6.5 ounces.\)

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life was written by former Morgan Stanley insurance analyst Alice Schroeder, after what's described as "unprecedented access to explore directly with him and those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom."

Bantam Dell's website for the book promises, "Unlike any book ever written about Mr. Buffett or derived from his words, this book will be both a life story, and a biography of ideas."

A Buffett quote is also featured prominently: "Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill."

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