Book Tales

Book Tales


Book summaries of business books.


48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (summary)  

This book has been an international bestseller for almost a decade now. There are over 100 fascinating stories about the lives of great men and women. Our summary takes a look at 7 stories and 7 lessons that we think are the most applicable to you today. On this episode, you'll hear the tale called "The Brick and the Bum." The lesson: Peak People's Curiosity to Gain their Attention. But don't miss out on the other 6 tales at

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (A Book Tales summary)  

This week Book Tales releases the book summary for the mega bestselling book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Over the past 70 years this book has dominated business sections with over 70 million copies sold. On the show you will hear a single tale from our full book summary. The tale is called "From Tramp to Champ." The lesson is "If you have a burning desire and a good idea, be willing to stake your future on achieving it."

Delivering Happiness (Book Summary)  

Today hear the tale "A Path of Worms," pulled from the bestselling business book "Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose," by Tony Hsieh CEO of At 9 years old Tony Hsieh had a dream. He wanted to be rich. His first business venture was a worm farm. It failed. Today's tale is about that worm farm, and how it led Tony to billion dollar success. This is one of five tales from the summary. To download the remaining tales sign up at

Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (Book Summary)  

Get a fresh view into the most important question of our era: What should we do about our energy usage? In todays episode, you'll hear one of the 5 tales extracted from The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels. Everything you heard about the toxic waste dumps and horrific environmental costs is true. In this book and in the summary, you will get to see what causes a toxic waste dump and how we should think about its cause; what it's like to have a c-section in The Gambia, Africa; Why superman should never stop fighting crime; how to flip the script on any intellectual opponent; and the importance of asking the right questions. Enjoy todays free tale: A Difficult Truth Lesson: Every form of energy, every human action, has by-products and risks. And get the full summary at

Outliers--Theory of Plane Crashes  

Today I read a single tale from the book summary for Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. There are 5 tales and 5 lessons total in this book summary. This tale is called "Avianca Flight 052" with the lesson: Empowering your subordinates will save your business...and your life. To get the full book summary go to and sign up today.

The Princeton Challenge by Tim Ferriss  

This is the challenge Tim Ferriss gives to Princeton students every year. From The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

Be Your Own Patron  

Doug Price was an artist. Instead of suffering as artists are supposed to, he decided to become his own patron. From The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Harvey The Harvard MBA meets a Mexican Fisherman  

In this tale, we take a fable invented by Tim Ferriss in his book the 4-Hour Work Week. The Fable is about a Harvard MBA who travals to Mexico to take a break from the hard life of business. In his attempt to teach the fisherman, he learns a valuable lesson. From The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

The Benjamin Franklin School of Hard Knocks  

In reflecting back on his life, Ben Franklin said that what made him the man he became was his ability to pursue things despite how difficult they were. When lesser men surrendered, he kept moving forward. From Mastery by Robert Greene

The World's First Elevator Pitch  

Everyone with a business idea has been asked "Do you have an elevator pitch?" But do you know the story of the very first elevator pitch ever given? Well guess what the guy was pitching? From To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink

Who Killed the Fuller Brush Man?  

At one time in American culture the Fuller Brush Man was king. He was the master of "getting a foot in the door." Yet, where is he now? And, more importantly, who has usurped the king of sales?

The Lonely Radiologist  

Dr. Turner was a radiologist who feared that he was not providing the best care to his patients. He discovered he was right. From To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink

Scarlett O'Hara Versus CarMax  

The world of selling has changed forever. From Scarlet's 1865 Atlanta Trade store to the fortune 500 seller of used cars, the world of selling and sales has changed forever. This is a story of transformation and paradigm shift.

The Ad Exec and The Blind Beggar  

No one knew why Rosser Reeves had done it. But in 1950 he agreed to take on an unusual client, a blind beggar. And with four little words, he got the passerby of Central Park to over fill the beggar's cup with coin.

The Dragonfly in Silicon Valley  

The story of how LinkedIn retains the most talented employees in silicon valley. From The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

PayPal's War  

When the bill pay service was just a fledgling startup, they ran up against a competitor vying to destroy them. The competitor was bigger, better financed and well networked with the right vendors. PayPal, however, had a weapon that no other business really used. The rest is, as we say, history. From The Alliance: Managing Talent in a Networked Age

Amazon's Black Box  

When an animator named John Lasseter went to Disney with his idea for creating the first feature length film done completely on a computer, they fired him. When in a similar situation Jeff Bezos (Amazon) heard a wild idea from one of his engineers, here's what he did. From The Alliance: Managing Talent in a Networked Age by Reid Hoffman

John Lasseter's Vision  

John Lasseter's films have brought in billions of dollars. But Disney fired him for the very idea that gave rise to feature-length animated films done solely on a computer. In today's episode I take a tale from the best seller, The Alliance, by the founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman.

Market to the Left of the Magic Bell  

Most of us have tivoed a show before. Yet, most of us have done so on a device that was not TiVo. Why did this happen? They didn't heed the magic bell. Story from Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon SInek

A Job Wanted Ad Saves 28 Lives  

The story of The Endurance and how Ernest Shackleton chose the men to accompany him on his voyage to the Antarctic. His method of hiring men can inform all of us how to work with those who believe what we believe. From Start with Why by Simon Sinek

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