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My Penthouse Past: Failing My Way Up the Corporate Ladder of an Empire Built on Skin [Kindle Edition]

Steve Belanger
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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"Steve Belanger is a great story teller. He is also very funny... there is nothing better than a funny story well told. That happens to be true." Henry Winkler - American icon

"Penthouse, it turns out, was way more insane as a business than it was a publisher of pornography. This is a graphic, disgusting, titillating story. Now I understand how a corporation crumbles. By hiring Steve." Joel Stein - writer, Time Magazine columnist, all-around bon vivant

In 1988, at the tender age of twenty-two, Steve got his first big job in New York City working at the notorious Penthouse Magazine. Over the course of his eight years there he worked his way up from lowly production analyst to the role of budget director for Bob Guccione's entire enterprise. Penthouse was one of the most impressive magazine successes in the history of American publishing. Its demise was also one of the strangest. Somehow, Steve had a front row seat to one of the craziest corporate collapses the industry had ever seen.

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About the Author

After a sixteen-year, soul-crushing career as a corporate executive, Steve Belanger found salvation in a life of writing and performing. He is currently a contributing editor at Men’s Health Magazine and is the host of The Men’s Health Podcast. After his eight-year experience at Penthouse, Steve went on to a successful career at Time Inc. where he oversaw such iconic titles as Field & Stream and Popular Science. He was a corporate vice president there in 2004 when he decided to walk away from it all in search of more creative pursuits. He has worked with Oscar-winners, appeared on numerous TV shows and written countless scripts. His work has appeared in several major magazines and he has performed comedy on the country’s most celebrated stages. Steve is based in Long Island, NY, but spends a lot of time on both coasts kissing asses and furthering his career.

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  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Not It Publishing (November 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CCVQXUG
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise and Fall of Penthouse April 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fascinating personal memoir that kept me turning pages. But it's even more fascinating as a professional memoir, as a view into the backrooms and bowels of Penthouse Magazine. Revealing, insightful, and brutally honest. Read it not only for its entertainment value, but also to witness the internal crumble and decay of an iconic corporation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read March 8, 2014
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Steve Belanger delivers in this interesting behind the scenes look into working at Penthouse. Steve's comedy background shows in the many laugh out loud moments.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well,it was free!! November 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Very little on bob g and way too much on kathy and her cleavage. Very self serving and repetitive, and as noted he's a hypocrite. Do not buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story! August 17, 2013
Format:Paperback
I got this book as a first read giveaway. I am very excited out of the hundreds of people that i got picked to have this book.

i have to start off saying that i am a big fan! i know (big nerd here) I engorged reading this book and finished it in a couple days because i would have been sad if i read it in only a day.

I found myself laughing at almost every joke, and misleading Steve had. I myself feel like i went thru the same thing except I yet found my great money maker job. even though I am very much younger than him, my job experiences i can relate when he was explaining his job at penthouse. I worked for a big company, and the same things goes on.

Being the odd man out, and working to make yourself noticed is not only entertaining in this book, but also everyone ask the same questions and he answers them! Steve will go on to tell you how he landed this job to the very end. Everything in between is comical and will have you almost peeing your pants!

I wish i got to read more about where he is now! i felt like when the end was the end i was left wanting more! all, in all, this was a great book i wish their were more authors like him that tell it like it is without adding a bunch of nonsense just to get people to read their books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hits Home August 4, 2013
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If you're a guy born in the 1960's and have worked for dysfunctional companies, this book will resonate. I was surprised at myself that I ordered it, and really surprised at how much I liked it. The Penthouse the author worked for no longer exists. Failing up still goes on everywhere, and how he does it is pretty interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Lights, Big Titties??? June 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
A memoir from a guy who worked at Penthouse right after college? Uh, yeah, I'm reading that. I wanted to be taken behind the scenes of Bob Guccione's (The Gooch!) legendary magazine; do readers really send in Penthouse Letters? Do employees get to meet the Pets? What are the after hours, uh, perks?

Fortunately, Steve Belanger covers all of these important topics. But the book truly shines in its honest portrayal of a college grad's confusion over his life's direction, and the angst and self-doubt that follow. This is a must read for any guy under 24 who hasn't figured out what he wants to do with his life. The author's message is simple: as long as you keep asking and keep striving, you're on the right track.

Of course, when you're surrounded by pictures of beautiful women, the journey is a little easier.
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After a sixteen-year, soul-crushing career as a corporate executive, Steve Belanger found salvation in a life of writing and performing. He is currently a contributing editor at Men's Health Magazine and is the host of The Men's Health Podcast. After his eight-year experience at Penthouse, Steve went on to a successful career at Time Inc. where he oversaw such iconic titles as Field & Stream and Popular Science. He was a corporate vice president there in 2004 when he decided to walk away from it all in search of more creative pursuits. He has worked with Oscar-winners, appeared on numerous TV shows and written countless scripts. His work has appeared in several major magazines and he has performed comedy on the country's most celebrated stages. Steve is based in Long Island, NY, but spends a lot of time on both coasts kissing asses and furthering his career.


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