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My Penthouse Past: Failing My Way Up the Corporate Ladder of an Empire Built on Skin Paperback – April 17, 2013


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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Not It Publishing (April 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989159213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989159210
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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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Love his style...kept me laughing and interested the whole time!
Ellen Marie Viggiano
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!
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The author has a self-deprecating, humorous but non-cheesy style of writing that is entertaining and easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Parrish on 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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By Beth on 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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By Green Di on 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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By amy hertzog on 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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By Long Time Programmer on 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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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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