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The Naked Truth is not just a fascinating and engaging business story. It is an insider's view of amazing success, shameful failure, and battle for survival --- along with wild executive antics.

Anyone who has ever heard of the legendary Publishers Clearing House or the Prize Patrol will love this never-before-told chronicle which has been called "one of the great marketing stories of the 20th century."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Pennywyse Press (April 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935437429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935437420
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Adam M. on April 7, 2014
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Do they really give a way all that money? YES! Why do they give away all that money? You'll find out this and a whole lot more when this former executive "comes clean" and takes you behind the scenes to this iconic, yet very private, American company. Sure it's a book about business - but reads like a fun and engaging story like you're sitting and having a conversation with the author. A really fast and enjoyable read - I read it over a weekend! Darrell shares his take on both Publishers Clearing House's successes and challenges with the added bonus of funny, fascinating stories about the business, leadership, shenanigans during his time there. It's a rare glimpse into a company that's a household name but you don't know much about - until you read this book. You'll feel like you won a small prize while reading this book!
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By Daniel P. Doyle on April 17, 2014
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The photo in "The Naked Truth" of me checkmates any illusion I may one time have held about running for Congress. Or about running for any other public office, for that matter.

The episode surrounding the photo is an example of the free thinking that flourished in the firm. That free thinking atmosphere was a major component of the firm's long time business success.

Daniel P. Doyle, Former Treasurer, Publishers Clearing House.
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25 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Yale on February 16, 2012
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An amusing, interesting, and personal story about the author's 30-year experience as a vice-president at Publishers Clearing House (PCH), Darrell Lester's book will appeal to sweepstakes fans, as well as direct marketing professionals.

I worked at PCH as a Senior Copywriter for two years. I thought I knew a lot about PCH. But I had no idea about much of the information in Darrell Lester's book.

Lester tells a fascinating tale of a workplace culture that demanded long hours and hard work, but was full of fun as well, with practical jokes abounding, like the time a retiring executive hid his alarm watch in the ceiling of a conference room, set to go off during a critical meeting.

There are colorful characters, like the Ferrari-driving company president, who would drive his car right into the warehouse, and tinker with the engine while smoking a stogie and wearing a pinstripe suit.

And then there are the incredible tales of sex and skinny dipping. I won't give that one away, see pages 55, 166, and 167-168 for yourself!

For sweepstakes devotees, Lester's book answers -- for once and for all -- that perennial question: does PCH really give away those prizes? They do, and the book is loaded with stories about the winners.

Like the time the time the PCH Prize Patrol delivered the winning check by dogsled in Alaska (page 155). Or the prize check that was delivered to a winner at 36,000 feet in the air, on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles (page 160). Or the time a PCH $1 million prize check saved the winner's house from foreclosure.

Many people have wondered if you really have to order something to win a PCH prize. Lester reveals that 76% of big prize winners didn't order a thing (page 117.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By floridabreezes on March 8, 2013
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For years I went to my mailbox, anticipating the mailing from Publisher's Clearing House. Not necessarily for the magazine subscriptions, but to enter the sweepstakes and possibly win $10,000,000! Of course, I wasn't one of their "lucky" winners fortunate enough to receive a visit from the Prize Patrol, but it was fun entering and hoping, nonetheless.

When I saw this book written by an insider at PCH, I jumped at the chance to read it. I wasn't disappointed. The author was a former Senior Vice President and worked at this company for 30 years--so he experienced all the highs and lows experienced by this corporation. He "told all" inside the pages of this very entertaining book about the founders, his colleagues, what brought Publishers Clearing House almost to their knees, and how they responded and rebounded with grace.

If you have ever wondered if the million dollar winners were "real". Wonder no more. Read this book and find out!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Norton on March 18, 2014
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Tells the experiences of one ex-top employee of PCH. Does not give any trade secrets or tips to anyone who has been plugging away entering these sweepstakes for years with no success!. It does however acknowledge much of the comapany's history. So if it's the history of PCH you want to read about, this is your book. If you want insider secrets or guidelines on how to be successful - don't waste your time!!
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Schwartz on November 29, 2011
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I finished the book a couple of days ago and loved it.I felt that I was in on the inner workings of Publishers Clearing House. Darrell brings a personal touch to an amazing corporate story. Publishers Clearing House would be a great business school case study and Darrell's book tells the facts needed for this analysis. If you are involved in marketing or just curious about one of the best known company names, this book is worth your time.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on December 13, 2011
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I bought this book and couldn't wait to start it as who doesn't want to know the ins and outs of the Publishers Clearing House? Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. It was a great book and very well written, such an easy read! From funny stories to the more serious side, it was amazing to see behind the scenes of such a well known company who made so many people rich! This book is a must buy!
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