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Trump Book in a Free-Fall

If you read my blog post on Sunday about Ivanka Trump‘s best-seller, Women Who Work, you are aware that it debuted at # 1 on the Wall Street Journal business list.

You can read my post by clicking here.

I reported that it was # 253 in total book sales on Amazon.com.  In less than two days, the book is acting like a rock sinking to the bottom of the ocean.  As of this writing, it is now at # 699 in total books, but is still in the top ten of two sub-categories.

I will be interested to see if the book goes completely OFF the list this weekend.  Can a book that enters at # 1 be so bad that it is no longer even a substantial seller just one week later?

Let’s find out on Saturday.

Terrible Trump Book Busts Best-Seller List at # 1

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Ivanka Trump‘s new book,  torched its way to the very top of the Wall Street Journal business best-seller list (May 13-14, 2017, p. C12).  It is the first time that I ever remember a book debuting on the list at #1. 

The book is entitled Women Who Work:  Rewriting the Rules for Success (New York:  Portfolio).  It was released on May 2.

As of this writing, it is # 253 on the Amazon.com all-books sold list, and in the top 20 in three sub-categories.  Of interest is that it is also # 9 on the Wall Street Journal non-fiction best-seller list.

The book is receiving scathing critical reviews.  You can read a summary of these from the Huffington Post, written by Katherine Brooks, whose by-line reads, “It’s been described as “witless,” “insufferable,” “vapid,” and “very vapid.””  

Click here to read the entire article referred to above.

Even though this is a best-seller, you can be assured that we will not present it at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  My prediction is that it will be off  the list, from # 1 to beyond # 10, within two weeks.

 

 

New Work Rules Book Crashes into Best-Seller List

NewRulesofWorkCoverJust eleven days ago, as of this writing, Crown Books released The New Rules of Work:  The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career.  It is already in the top 100 books in two Amazon.com best-selling sub categories, and today, hit # 5 on the Wall Street Journal business best-seller list (April 29-30, p. C10).

We will watch the progress of this book on the best-seller lists, and continue to monitor critical reviews of the book before making a decision to present it at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  However, the strong start that it has certainly has us already giving it very strong consideration for presentation.

The authors are Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew.  According to Amazon.com,

Cavoulacos is the Founder and COO of The Muse.com, where she leads the AlexandraProduct and Operations teams, creating and launching new features weekly.  Prior to founding The Muse, Alex was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s New York office. She graduated from Yale University and is an alumna of Y Combinator in Silicon Valley.

KathrynMinshewPictureMinshew is the CEO and Founder of The Muse.com, a career platform and community helping 50+ million Millennials find inspiring careers at innovative companies.  She was named to INC’s 35 Under 35 and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for two years in a row.

These are the rules that the book presents:

The New Rules for finding the right path: Sift through, and narrow today’s ever-growing menu of job and career options, using the simple step-by-step Muse Method.

The New Rules for landing the perfect job: Build your personal brand, and communicate exactly how you can contribute and why your experience is valuable in a way that is sure to get the attention of your dream employer. Then ace every step of the interview process, from getting a foot in the door to negotiating your offer.

The New Rules for growing and advancing in your career: Mastering first impressions, the art of communication, networking, managing up and other “soft” skills – and make it obvious that whatever level you’re at, you’re ready to get ahead.

Continue to monitor our blog and website for any future decisions regarding whether we will present this book.   As of this writing, I have fair optimism about that.

New Book on Casey Makes a Splash

 

One of the most colorful, and frankly, strangest and unpredictable individuals in baseball history wasStengelBookPicture Casey Stengel.  Stengel, who won World Series managing the New York Yankees, and won over fans managing the losing New York Mets, is the subject of a new biography by Marty Appel.

The book, Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character (Doubleday, 2017), was just released in late March, 2017.  As of this writing, it is in the top 20 in three best-selling categories in baseball books, as ranked by Amazon.com.

MartyAppelPictureIf you do not know Marty Appel, and if you are a sports fan, where have you been?  He was the youngest public relations director in baseball history when Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner put him in that position in 1973.  He wrote Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain (Doubleday, 2009), and Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss (Bloomsbury, 2012).

Here is a summary of the book, taken from Amazon.com:

“As a player, Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel’s contemporaries included Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson . . . and he was the only person in history to wear the uniforms of all four New York teams: the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets. As a legendary manager, he formed indelible, complicated relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin. For more than five glorious decades, Stengel was the undisputed, quirky, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball–and along the way he revolutionized the role of manager while winning a spectactular ten pennants and seven World Series Championships.  

“But for a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight–an astounding fifty-five years in professional baseball–Stengel remains an enigma. Acclaimed New York Yankees’ historian and bestselling author Marty Appel digs into Casey Stengel’s quirks and foibles, unearthing a tremendous trove of baseball stories, perspective, and history. Weaving in never-before-published family documents, Appel creates an intimate portrait of a private man who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 and named “Baseball’s Greatest Character” by MLB Network’s Prime 9. Casey Stengel is a biography that will be treasured by fans of our national pastime.”

A critical review of this book appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 22-23, 2017 (p. C9), entitled “The Lunatic Wore Pinstripes,” by Leigh Montville.  He ends the article by saying, “The past is always baseball’s perfect prologue.  Stengel’s tale, freshened by new research and solid prose from Mr. Appel, is a wonderful way to ease into the baseball season without ever leaving the couch.  Play ball.”

Paul Dickson’s Top Baseball Book Selections are Profound

Paul Dickson, who is quickly becoming one of the premier sports biographers in the PaulDicksonPicturebusiness, selected his top five baseball books in an article today in the Wall Street Journal (April 22-23, 2017, p. c10).  The article is entitled “Five Best:  A Personal Choice.”

Dickson, who most recently penned a biography on Leo Durocher, also wrote a classic biography on Bill Veeck.  I read and posted blogs on both of these books, and you can read them here.

Veeck:  (3/14/2014)http://www.15minutebusinessbooks.com/blog/2014/03/14/paul-dicksons-masterpiece-about-bill-veeck/

Durocher: (3/19/2017) http://www.15minutebusinessbooks.com/blog/2017/03/19/dicksons-newest-characterizes-leo-the-lip/

These are Dickson’s top five selections in the WSJ article:

  1. Ball Four by Jim Bouton (1970)
  2. Only the Ball Was White by Robert Peterson (1970)
  3. Veeck as in Wreck by Bill Veeck (1962)
  4. The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams (1970)
  5. Moneyball by Michael Lewis (2003)

I have no problems with any of these selections.  However, if I were making a list, I would have at the very top, the amazing work by George F. Will, entitled Men at Work:  The Craft of Baseball (Macmillan, 1990).  That book has convinced many skeptics and critics who think that professional athletes just play that they actually work.  No, this book proves they work.  And, they work harder and longer at their craft than the vast majority of employees in most professions, including examining multitudes of complex variables in making decisions.  Baseball players, in this book, are not the “boys of summer.”  They are truly men at work.  To me, for baseball fans who read books, it is an essential selection.

New Book on Personal Wealth Crashes Best-Seller List

One of the newest best-selling books on personal finance is not one that we willWealthCantWaitCover present at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  We do not give presentations on that subject matter.

However, it is important to note that David Osborn and Paul Morris’ book, Wealth Can’t Wait:  Avoid the 7 Wealth Traps, Implement the 7 Business Pillars, and Complete a Life Audit Today!, debuted on the Wall Street Journal best-seller business list at #5 (April 16-17, p. C10).  The book is published by Greenleaf Book Press.  They released the book on April 4, 2017.

David-Osborn-and-Paul-MorrisIf you don’t know the authors, here is their biography as published from their own website, http://wealthcantwait.com/about/.  In the picture, David Osborn is on the left, and Paul Morris is on the right.

David Osborn has built one of the top real estate brokerages in the world with more than 4,500 agents and annual sales volume exceeding $8.5 billion per year. As a serial entrepreneur, David founded over 50 companies with at least 25 that are ongoing profitable concerns. He employs exceptional people and distributes millions of dollars to his partners.

David is also an educator, who teaches audiences how to live abundant lives through goal-setting, hiring great talent, and developing multiple streams of income. As an adventurer, David constantly strives for new goals that will stretch and expose him to new ways of thinking, including summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, traveling one way around the world, and visiting over 65 countries.

As a family man, David is the proud father of two wonderful daughters, a son and lives in Austin, Texas with his beloved wife, Traci, who is a mom and artist.”

Paul Morris is a prolific and award-winning entrepreneur, trainer, author, and business consultant. As an active investor, he has grown his real estate portfolio to more than 700 rental units and 150,000 square feet of retail commercial space. In 10 years he transformed his California-based real estate brokerage business into the second largest Keller Williams franchise with 10 offices employing 2,200 agents. Paul graduated magna cum laude in economics from the University of Pittsburgh, has a masters in management from Oxford, and a JD from Cornell Law.”

Perhaps it is unfortunate for the authors that their book surfaced during the same time as Tony Robbins’ # 1 best-seller, Unshakeable.  In books, as in many items, timing is everything.

Here is a description of the book from Amazon.com:

“David Osborn and Paul Morris, two of the most popular and celebrated wealth-building minds in the game today, have mastered the art and science of sustainable wealth creation through entrepreneurship, passion, and a relentless focus on growth, success, and fulfillment. In Wealth Can’t Wait, they share their decades of knowledge, debunk the myth that building wealth is often difficult, and demonstrate how you can create horizontal income streams to enjoy more financial freedom throughout your life.

Far from a get-rich-quick formula, Wealth Can’t Wait equips you with a comprehensive set of wealth-building skills that will serve you throughout your life. Osborn and Morris’s tested and proven five-part strategy outlines what is required to build wealth—from making the initial choice to dealing with setbacks—and details how to cultivate the mindset, habits, business, and momentum to secure the greatest results. The book’s valuable tips, building blocks, and lessons from the authors’ own experiences will inspire you to start achieving your financial ambitions today.”