Book Reviews for Bob Andelman
The Wawa Way: How a Funny Name & 6 Core Values Revolutionized Convenience (Running Press), written with Wawa convenience stores CEO Howard Stoeckel to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Publication Date: April 2014. The updated paperback edition will be in stores by October 2015.
Building Atlanta (Chicago Review Press), written with legendary Atlanta businessman and “bail bondsman to the civil rights movement” Herman Russell. Introduction by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young. Publication Date: April 2014.
Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow (Berkley/Penguin), written with nationally recognized motivational speaker Joachim de Posada. Publication Date: May 2013. Korean edition published September 2013. Spanish language and two Chinese language editions published in September 2014.
Fans Not Customers (Profile UK), written with Metro Bank UK and Commerce Bank US founder Vernon W. Hill II. Introduction by bestselling management guru Tom Peters. Publication Date: October 2012. Excerpts appeared in American Banker magazine online and The Sunday Times of London.
Why Men Watch Football: A Report from the Couch, 20th Anniversary Edition (Mr. Media Books). The classic 1993 was re-issued as an e-book for the first time as it was originally written by the author.
Mind Over Business (Perigee/Penguin), written with nationally recognized sports psychologist and athletic trainer Ken Baum. Publication Date: March 2012. Audio rights pre-sold. Publisher’s Weekly wrote: “Noted sports performance psychologist Baum, with coauthor Andelman (The Profiler), shares his process for achieving success in this helpful and ambitious book… Baum’s logical program is highly recommended.” And Library Journal said: “These two business books, both by sports enthusiasts, focus on the cognitive aspects of business and life success… Both books have something to offer, but Mind Over Business is more sophisticated and expands on the usual goal-achievement literature.”
The Consulate (MIHI Trust, March 2011), spy fiction written with former FBI and CIA agent Thomas R. Stutler.
The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths (Hyperion/Voice, May 2010), written with nationally recognized criminal profiler and frequent CNN contributor Pat Brown. The book was optioned by Warner Bros. Television and a pilot, “Trooper,” was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer in 2012 for CBS and again for TNT in 2013. It has also been sold overseas in Japan, Korea, Germany, Portugal and Taiwan. Audible.com purchased audiobook rights.
Four Seasons: The Philosophy of a Business (Portfolio/Penguin, 2009), by Isadore Sharp, founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Andelman did not author or co-author this book but came in and helped Sharp near the end of the writing process by conducting dozens of interviews with Four Seasons managers and executives and contributing additional material to the finished manuscript.
Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (Dark Horse/M Press, 2005), the biography of the legendary artist and writer who is often credited with taking comic books out of the ghetto in the 1940s and establishing the market for adult, long-form comics – graphic novels – in the 1970s. A Spirited Life has been translated for a Spanish edition and an Italian edition was published in 2013. In April 2015, Twomorrows Publishing will distribute an updated, expanded and illustrated deluxe coffee table edition of Will Eisner: A Spirited Life and an e-book will also be produced for the first time. Andelman also recorded the audiobook edition. Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon and Foreword by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams. A deluxe, expanded and illustrated coffee table edition of the biography – as well as an ebook – was published in April 2015 by TwoMorrows Publishing.
The Profit Zone: Lessons of Strategic Genius from the People Who Created the World’s Most Valued Companies (Times Books/Random House, 1997), with Adrian Slywotzky and David Morrison, partners in Boston-based Mercer Management. The Profit Zone is Andelman’s best selling book overall with more than 100,000 hardcover copies in print after 10 printings. Worldwide, The Profit Zone has been translated into Chinese (Complex and Simplified), Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion (Times Books/Random House, 1999), on which he collaborated with Home Depot co-founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Kramer endorsed the timelessness of Built From Scratch when he told his viewing audience, “Built from Scratch is the best of all those business biographies.” Built From Scratch was translated for a Japanese edition.
Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great (Times Books/Random House, 1996), with Albert J. Dunlap, chairman and CEO of Sunbeam. Published in hardcover, paperback and audiocassette. Mean Business was a finalist in the Financial Times of London Global Business Book Awards. Mr. Media Books published a third edition, with new and updated content, in July 2014, as well as producing an ebook for the first time and digital audiobook.