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From New York Times and international bestselling author of THE GAME, the true story of the world’s most legendary pick-up artist, comes Neil Strauss’s shocking follow-up. THE GAME was an explosive and controversial book when it first published. It recounts the incredible adventures of an everyday man who goes from shy, awkward writer to the quick-witted, smooth-talking Style, a code-named character irresistible to women. But just when life gets better he falls head over heels for a woman who can beat him at his own game. It’s been nearly ten years since THE GAME was published, and now the inimitable Neil Strauss tells the story of what happens when a pick-up artist settles down. !t Books

Rights sold: UK/Canongate
THE GAME sold: Bulgarian/Ciela; Catalan/Grup 62; Chinese (complex)/Dala; Chinese (simplified)/San Xia Publishing; Croatian/Celeber; Czech/Argo; Danish/Bazar; Dutch/Prometheus; Finnish/Otava; French/Au Diablet; German/Ullstein; Greek/”P” Publishing; Hebrew/Kinneret; Hungarian/Gabo; Italian/Rizzoli; Japanese/Artist House; Korean/D&C Media; Lithuanian/D.Radkevicuius;Norwegian/Cappelen; Polish/Bertelsmann; Portuguese in Brazil/Record; Portuguese/Presenca; Romanian/S.C. Nemira; Russian/AST; Slovenian/Ucila; Spanish/Grup 62; Swedish/Natur och Kultur; Thai/Inspire Entertainment; Turkish/GOA; UK/Canongate
Publication: February 2014 (CB)

Estimated length: 400 pages

Manuscript available: August 2013

Tyson, Ann Scott

AMERICAN SPARTAN: The Promise, The Mission, and The Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

Lawrence of Arabia meets Sebastian Junger’s War in this true story of heroism and heartbreak in Afghanistan, and one of the most remarkable stories of love and war ever told. Some have called him Lawrence of Afghanistan. To the local tribesmen he is “Commander Jim”. He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, who changed the face of America’s war effort in Afghanistan after a paper he wrote in 2009 went viral among the top echelons of government and the military. A decorated Green Beret who spent years in Afghanistan and Iraq training indigenous fighters, Gant argued for embedding autonomous US units with tribes across Afghanistan—dedicated soldiers who would live among Afghans for extended periods, and train, equip, fight—and even die—alongside tribal militias. Gant argued that by doing so, we could earn the Afghans’ trust and transform them into a reliable ally to defeat the Taliban and counter al-Qaeda networks. The military's top brass, including General David Petraeus, approved the plan and Gant was tasked with implementing his controversial strategy. Veteran war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson first spoke with Gant when he was awarded the Silver Star in 2007. The more time she spent with Gant in preparation for his deployment, the more she grew to believe that there was a larger story to tell—about a people desperate to defend their homeland, and about this deeply honorable warrior who fearlessly pushed boundaries, risking career and life, to succeed. Soon she agreed to accompany him to Afghanistan and risk her life to write about it. And then they fell in love. Illustrated with dozens of photographs, AMERICAN SPARTAN is their remarkable story—one of the most riveting, emotional narratives of wartime ever published. A Pulitzer Prize-nominee, Ann Scott Tyson is a seasoned war correspondent with a decade of combat experience going back to the invasion of Iraq. She has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post, which she left most recently in order to go back to Afghanistan to tell this story. She has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and speaks Chinese and French.  William Morrow

Publication: March 2014                                                                                 (JS)

Estimated length:  400 pages, with 50 b/w photos  

Manuscript available: June 2013

Agrawal, Miki

DO COOL SH*T: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After

Miki Agrawal, a successful young entrepreneur who has worked in the world of investment banking, professional soccer and TV commercial production, found her true passion at age 25, when she opened her first farm-to-table NYC pizzeria, Slice Perfect, with zero prior experience and no capital. And that was just the beginning. She’s partnered with founder and bestselling author Tony Hsieh and is opening her dream restaurant, Slice: Las Vegas, and has become an angel investor for other up-and-coming businesses. In DO COOL SH*T, Miki shares her own adventures in entrepreneurship, offering solid, easy-to-follow advice on how to start your own business, fund it on a shoestring budget, convene the perfect brain trust to brainstorm your business plan, test your product to assess market share, get great press coverage and more--all while maintaining the ever-important work/life balance. Whether you’re about to graduate from college, or are in a dead-end job dreaming about starting your own business, DO COOL SH*T will open your eyes, make you laugh out loud and shout “I can do that!” Miki Agrawal is a successful social entrepreneur, keynote speaker and TV personality with clientele ranging from popular celebrities, top ranked universities, and million-dollar entrepreneurs. HarperBusiness

Publication: August 2013 (CBR)

Estimated length: 240 pages

Galley available
Azelby, Bob

Azelby, Joe

KISS YOUR BUT GOODBYE: How to Get Beyond the One Word that Stands Between You and Success

A concise ten step guide to overcoming your weaknesses (your BUTS) to have the career you want. Imagine a workplace where everyone speaks honestly about their weaknesses and are committed to overcoming them. Imagine an environment where colleagues help each other become more efficient by speaking the truth about what detracts from the team’s objectives. Imagine a place where the firm’s most talented employees know exactly what they need to do to attain a leadership position. KISS YOUR BUT GOODBYE will help you find your BUT-whether it is a lack of skills, a distracting behavior, or a personality quirk, understand it, manage it, cover it, and most importantly, shrink it. If you are a manager or leader, this book will not only help you individually, but it will also enable you to help your people discover their weaknesses and learn how to deliver the direct, honest feedback that everyone needs and deserves. Joe Azelby is the Managing Director and CEO of JP Morgan Asset Management’s Global Real Asset Group. He leads a global team of over 400 investors that invests and manages $60 billion of real estate, infrastructure, and maritime investments across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Joe graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics and later went on to earn an MBA in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Bob Azelby is the Vice President and General Manager of Amgen’s Oncology Business Unit representing over $5.0 billion in annual revenue. Prior to this role, Bob was the Vice President of Amgen’s US Oncology Sales Team, which is made up of more than 500 representatives. He received his undergraduate degrees in Economics from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. HarperBusiness

Rights sold: Chinese (complex)/Faces; Chinese (simplified)/Beijing Xiron Books

Publication: June 2013 (CBR)

Estimated length: 224 pages

Book available
Bing, Stanley

THE CURRICULUM: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts

From celebrated corporate satirist Stanley Bing, a tongue-in-cheek curriculum – with real world case studies – for the young entreprenuer who wishes to forego many thousands of dollars spent on traditional business school. Bing offers the most comprehensive, useful and inexpensive Master of Business Administration curriculum in the history of the discipline --a syllabus of higher education based on actual workplace experience. The course is comprehensive but will certainly not take anywhere near the two years and $100,000 involved in those offered by tedious, ivy-covered institutions stocked with professors who would be eaten for lunch by most serious business executives. The book will also include interviews with real-life business people of all stripes and vocations, each of whom will impart pungent, digestible information, insight and wisdom to the eager student. Finally, and perhaps most important, a lively, active web destination will be developed so that students can file their examinations with the faculty, respond to essay questions and join a community of seekers who might just do them some good. Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the bestselling author of WHAT WOULD MACHIAVELLI DO?, SUN TZU IS A SISSY, CRAZY BOSSES, and EXECUTRICKS, among others. By day, he is a top executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business. HarperBusiness

Publication: April 2014 (CBR)

Estimated length: 224 pages; 4-color graphs and charts throughout

Manuscript available: November 2013
Fox, Erica Ariel

WINNING FROM WITHIN: A Breakthough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change

Based on Fox’s paradigm-shifting work at the renowned Harvard Program on Negotiation, WINNING FROM WITHIN offers a method for achieving results by negotiating from the inside out.  Inspired by her mentors Roger Fisher and William Ury’s landmark book, GETTING TO YES, and embraced by such international organizations as the World Bank, and DuPont, WINNING FROM WITHIN offers a seven-point map of self discovery and a five step method for overcoming the biggest challenge in every negotiation: closing the gap between what people know they should say and what they actually do in practice.  Fox calls this the “Performance Gap”. We may have studied the most advanced negotiation practices and read all the leadership books, and still we find ourselves falling into familiar traps when conversations become challenging.  Why?  Because we need to learn to negotiate with ourselves before sitting down at the table with others.  Then we can get what we want and feel good about the result. WINNING FROM WITHIN addresses how to recognize and develop ourselves when we are the problem.  Erica Ariel Fox has taught negotiation at Harvard Law School since 1996. She is also president of Mobius Executive Leadership, a global consulting firm. In 2002, she founded the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, which developed into the Global Network for Negotiation Insight and Exchange, which she chairs. She also chairs (along with Dr. Jamil Mahuad, former president of Ecuador) a project called Beyond Yes for the Common Good, the goal of which is to teach public leaders a new way of thinking about intractable conflict so that we can foster international security, economic development, environmental stewardship, and social progress. Fox is also the founder of the international network Mediators Beyond Borders, is part of the Core Faculty for the American Institute of Mediation and is on the Board of the Harvard Mediation Program. She leads Beyond Yes workshops at the Omega Institute and Esalen, and speaks at seminars around the world.  HarperBusiness 

Rights sold: Chinese (complex)/Commonwealth; Chinese (simplified)/Beijing Mediatime Books Co; Czech/Management Press; Dutch/Bruna; Japanese/Kodansha; Korean/Chungrim; Polish/MT Biznes; Portuguese (Brazil)/Saraiva; Spanish/Conecta

Publication: September 2013 (CBR)

Estimated length: 320 pages

Galley available
Gasparino, Charles

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: The Massive Federal Crackdown on Insider Trading---and Why the Markets Always Work Against the Little Guy

In CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, bestselling and award-winning journalist Charlie Gasparino follows the FBI and SEC as they investigate and prosecute what may soon emerge as the most aggressive and broad reaching insider trading case in our nation’s history. As he chronicles this massive federal crackdown which has already led to five arrests and threatens to put some of the biggest names on Wall Street behind bars, Gasparino explores the gross inequality that has grown between individual and professional investors over the last 20 years, highlighting the vast information gap that favors professionals over amateurs, and the super wealthy over the rest of us. As with his previous books, Gasparino, one of Wall Street’s most knowledgeable observers, names names but also brings a rich historical perspective to this subject. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS reads like a novel, even though its troubling conclusions are based solely in reality and on recent events. Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for the Fox Business Network, where he reports on major developments in the world of finance and politics. He is also a blogger, occasional radio host, New York Times bestselling author, and print journalist. He writes a regular column for The New York Post and blogs for The Daily Beast. HarperBusiness

SELLOUT sold: Chinese (simplified)/CITIC
THE KING OF THE CLUB sold: Chinese (simplified)/CITIC

Publication: July 2013 (CBR)

Estimated length: 384 pages

Manuscript available
Hyun, Jane and Lee, Audrey S.

FLEX: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences

The way managers handle the social distance - the “power gap” - between themselves and employees (or clients) of different cultures, ages and genders can be a deal-maker or deal-breaker. Diversity leads to a higher return on investment and contributes substantially to creativity and teamwork. The secret to successfully navigating this variety is flexing - a management style defined by actively and consistently reaching across the power gap. FLEX teaches managers how to build productive relationships across differences. FLEX explores the way the power gap affects company culture. The flex management style aims to bridge the gap with more effective communication, feedback and teambuilding; multiply the effect, by teaching these skills to others and close the power gap with clients, customers, workers and vendors. Jane Hyun, Founder and President of Hyun & Associates, is an internationally renowned executive coach and global leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies, top MBA programs, and non-profit organizations. Hyun has appeared in a variety of media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Working Knowledge, Time, and Fortune, among others. Her first book, BREAKING THE BAMBOO CEILING, was a widely adopted business bestseller. Audrey S. Lee, Vice President of Hyun & Associates, is a leadership and diversity strategist who consults with Fortune 500 companies. She has managed key marketing initiatives in high technology companies, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences, corporate initiatives, and community events. She is also the co-author of Hyun & Associates’ “Through the Bamboo Ceiling®” Training Series. HarperBusiness

Publication: December 2013 (CBR)

Estimated length: 256 pages

Manuscript available: July 2013
Kay, Katty and Shipman, Claire

REAL CONFIDENCE: The Science of Getting More

The authors of WOMENOMICS return to discover why, in a world in which women are better educated, more naturally-suited to today’s workplace, and well-qualified to do anything they want, one of the only things holding them back is their own lack of self-belief. In REAL CONFIDENCE, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay completely undress the concept of confidence, how widespread the lack of it is, and how this impacts the larger subject of leadership. They dig into the critical question of growing up female: where confidence comes from and why it feels so ephemeral. Is there a defining moment as girls that we go from feeling completely competent to awash in insecurity? Can we blame genetics, hormones, society? And most importantly, they map out how, even when our careers are in full gear, we can amass more of this elixir of well-being. Shipman and Kay examine the larger importance of passing confidence on to others. And that confidence, which nourishes both success and happiness, is life’s essential ingredient. Claire Shipman is ABCNews’ Good Morning America senior national correspondent and also serves as a substitute anchor on the news segments of Good Morning America as well as contributing to other ABCNews programs. Previously, Shipman had been the White House correspondent for NBC News since 1997 and regularly reported on presidential policy and politics for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the Today show. Prior to NBC, Shipman worked at CNN for a decade where she earned a National Headliners Award, among many other honors.  Katty Kay is the Washington Correspondent for BBC World News America. The co-presenter of BBC World news bulletins, a post she has held since June 2004, Kay is also a contributor on Meet the Press, Larry King Live, The Chris Matthews Show and a regular guest host for Diane Rehm on NPR. HarperBusiness

WOMENOMICS sold: Bulgarian/Obsidian; Chinese (simplified)/CITIC; Indonesian/Tiga Serangkai; Italian/Cairo Editore; Korean/Humandom; Portuguese (Brazil)/Campus; Spanish/Planeta; Thai/PBM Publications

Publication: April 2014                                                                         (CBR)

Estimated length: 256 pages

Manuscript available: October 2013

Loflin, Jones and Musig, Todd

GETTING TO IT: Accomplishing the Important, Handling the Urgent, and Removing the Unneccessary

A practical guide to sorting through the many priorities in your life, and how to evaluate what your IT (Important Thing) should be. How busy are you? In the daily struggle to get it all done, what’s not getting done? Is your mind constantly teeming with thoughts of all the things you could and should be doing? There is a solution to help get you focused and pointed in the right direction. In a word: It. The Important Thing. Define It. Plan It. Focus on It. Get others excited about It. Identifying It isn’t just the first step in a process, it’s every step. This book will give you the tools you need to accomplish the important, handle the urgent and remove the unnecessary. Define It for yourself and enjoy a more fulfilling life as a result. Jones Loflin is an internationally-recognized speaker and trainer. For over 16 years he has provided powerful and practical solutions to critical workplace issues like work/life balance, time management, focus and productivity. He is the co-author of the award-winning book, JUGGLING ELEPHANTS. Todd Musig is a senior training industry executive, consultant and author with extensive experience in marketing and business operations. FranklinCovey, AchieveGlobal and Who Moved My Cheese? LLC are a few of the companies that he has been associated with. Having worked closely with authors like Hyrum Smith, Stephen Covey and Dr. Spencer Johnson has given Todd the insight on writing business books that appeal to a mass market. He is the co-author of JUGGLING ELEPHANTS. HarperBusiness

JUGGLING ELEPHANTS sold: Chinese (complex)/Eurasian Publishing Group; Chinese (simplified)/Huaxia Publishing House; Dutch/Business Contact; Indonesian/UFUK; Japanese/Magazine House Ltd; Korean/Woongjin Think Big Co.; Portuguese (Brazil)/Academia; Portuguese (Portugal)/Presenca; Spanish/Urano; UK/Penguin

Publication: October 2013 (CBR)

Estimated length: 240 pages

Manuscript available

Malone, Michael

*TRINITY: How Intel's Noyce, Moore and Grove Built the World's Most Important Company

On numerous occasions throughout its history, Intel Corporation has been called the “most important company in the world” - and today, after more than four decades of existence, it remains a defining company of the global digital economy as the builder of the tiny ‘engines’ that power almost every intelligent electronic device on the planet. The legendary semiconductor company not only invented the microprocessor - the single most important product in the modern world - but has held near-dominance of that invention for more than four decades. Other high tech companies have enjoyed periods of unequalled industry dominance (IBM, Microsoft, Google), influence (Hewlett-Packard, Apple) and growth (Facebook, Twitter), but none has exhibited all of these characteristics and produced the seminal components that made the success of those other great firms possible. What has been missing to date from the stories about Intel is how each man brought something different to Intel, and at different times. Noyce, the most respected high tech figure of his generation, brought credibility (and money) to the founding of the company; Moore made Intel the world’s technological leader; and Grove, through good times and bad, relentlessly drove the company to ever-higher levels of success and competitiveness. Without any one of these figures, Intel would never have achieved its historic success; with them, Intel made possible the personal computer, Internet, telecommunications and personal electronics revolutions. Michael S. Malone has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer prize for investigative reporting. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen award-winning books, notably the best-selling THE VIRTUAL CORPORATION, BILL AND DAVE, and THE FUTURE ARRIVED YESTERDAY. Malone has also hosted three public television interview series and co-produced the Emmy-nominated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, “The New Heroes.” As an entrepreneur, Malone was a founding shareholder of eBay, Siebel Systems (sold to Oracle) and Qik (sold to Skype). is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University and is also an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Friend of Oxford. HarperBusiness

Publication: June 2014 (CBR)

Estimated length: 320 pages; 8 page black and white photo insert

Manuscript available: December 2013
McGowan, Bill

PITCH PERFECT: When You Absolutely, Positively Must Get Your Point Across

Bill McGowan, media coach, Emmy Award winning correspondent, and founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group, is the perfect person to teach us how to overcome communication pitfalls in order to make the right impression every time. McGowan has coached Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Welch, Eli Manning, Isaac Mizrahi, Nicole Miller, and Kenneth Cole. His corporate clients include Time, Inc., IKEA, NBC News, ABC News, Fox News Channel, and Clinique. He has devised interviewing strategies for Bill O’Reilly and Charlie Rose. During his 25 years in television, McGowan conducted hundreds of interviews with newsmakers, CEOs, and celebrities. Now he’s going to share the secrets of pitch perfect communications that made him the most successful media coach in the business. McGowan stresses that during the pivotal moments of our lives, saying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing it, advancing in your career or suffering a demotion. Along the way, McGowan will lay out his 7 principles of persuasion, including: The Scorsese Principle: Hold attention with visual images that show your story. Direct the film that plays in your listener’s mind; The Pasta Sauce Principle: Cure boredom by boiling down your message, making it as rich and brief as possible; The Seamless Stitch Principle: Make your point by transitioning so smoothly that your audience doesn’t even notice that you just changed the topic. Use the right tone to convey the right message to the right person at the right time. The right language - both verbal and non-verbal - will make you appear confident, persuasive, and certain. It will stir people to listen closely to your every word and remember you long after you’ve left the room. HarperBusiness

Rights sold: Dutch/Het Spectrum; Finnish/Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce; Korean/Business Books Publishing; Portuguese (Brazil)/Saraiva
Publication: April 2014 (CBR)

Estimated length: 304 pages

Manuscript available: August 2013
Simonson, Itamar and Rosen, Emanuel

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