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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Media Tie-In edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451627092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451627091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shepherd Mead, author of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying that inspired the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical of the same name, was one of those men dogged by success. Born in St. Louis in April 1914, Mead attended Washington University. Upon graduation he went to New York to practice being an intellectual and ended up as a junior executive and then a vice president of Benton & Bowles. His biting attacks against society only gained him greater fame and success, and he finally resigned and fled to Europe with his wife and three children in 1957. He spent a year in Geneva and then went to England in 1958. Mead died in London, England at his flat overlooking the beautiful Hurlingham Club by the Thames on August 15, 1994 at the age of 80.

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Shepherd Mead (1914-1994) was one of those men dogged by success. At 22, the quiet Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University left his native St. Louis for New York and joined the mail room of a large corporation - as does J. Pierrepont Finch, the leading character (who is by now a sort of folk hero) in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Like Finch, Mead rose to the top. It was, in fact, while he was a Vice President, inhabiting a huge office with four windows, that he wrote "How to Succeed in Business." It remained 12 weeks on the best seller list and was followed by several novels on big business, one of which, "The Admen," sold more than two million copies.

In 1957, Shepherd Mead vacationed with his family in Europe and decided to remain there to live. Meanwhile, back home, Abe Burrows and Frank Loesser were concocting from "How to Succeed in Business" the Broadway musical comedy success that went on to win the Pulitzer, the New York Drama Critics, and almost every other known prize.

Like J. Pierrepont Finch, Mead's caricature of a business man, Mead became a sort of folk hero in his own right - but a folk hero with a message.

To learn more you can follow him on Twitter - http://twitter.com/shepherdmead
or find out news at his Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/ShepherdMead01

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra London on November 23, 2012
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How To Succeed In Business... is delivered in a very tongue-in-cheek style, complete with all of the proper, 'stereotypical' kiss-up techniques to wow and impress your superiors, 'innocently' propel one's way to the top of the corporate ladder, Machavellian-lite style, and how to spin one's public image to rise above the rungs of fellow subordinates. It is a cute book that doesn't take itself too seriously and pokes fun at the hierarchical structure of the modern workforce. Perfect for cynical types who live and breathe Office Space corner office politics!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mudman on December 2, 2012
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i purchased a hard cover of this book, which i ordered at the same time and it is tickety-boo! the problem with new version is the cartoon illustrations are missing. this is a big part of the book for me. just on pages 5 and 6 drawings of the imbiber,the back slapper, raconteur, back stabber, hand shaker,politician,poker player and the decision maker are not included- why? this book is incomplete and all that humerus art is what this book is all about!
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By Andrew Rabatin on March 12, 2014
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Old old musical, if you into Robert Morse or old musicals then this is a good buy good for select people who like the older musicals.
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By MaryAnne on December 18, 2012
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My husband thought this was an entertaining book when it came out and thought we would still enjoy it. Which we did! Funny.
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