Leading the Revolution

The publication of Tom Peters's In Search of Excellence (in 1982) kicked off an unprecedented boom in business book sales. By the late 1990s, the genre was minting millions of dollars for publishers.

In 2002, however, the market soured. The Harvard Business School Press (HBSP), for example, was rumoured to have lost much of a fat advance for Gary Hamel's Leading the Revolution -- whose publication, The Economist drily declared, unhappily coincided with the revolution's end.

[The book, HBSP dubiously claimed, was a "great strategic and financial success." (See also Tom Peters.)]

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