Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by bobmorris

Since childhood, I have been an avid reader who is passionate about learning. That explains my appreciation of the formal education I received (BA at Beloit, MA at Yale, and additional graduate study at Chicago, Northwestern, and UCLA) and the fact that I taught English at two boarding schools in New England for 13 years (Kent and St. George’s) before embarking on a business career in public relations and corporate communications.

Years later, I returned to the classroom as an adjunct professor of English at a local community college while continuing my practice as an independent management consultant. Along the way, I began to review mostly business books for Amazon’s US, UK, and Canadian websites and blogging at other websites. So I guess you could say that I have several professional passions: to learn, to share what I learned, and to support the work of others whom I hold in high regard. I have reviewed their books and interviewed several of them.

My own education continues and, meanwhile, I am delighted to be able to share the resources that are available to you at this website as well as at other websites to which links are provided.

27 Responses

  1. Hi, Bob. I love your reviews and other articles. I’d like very much to send you my new book, Roadmap to Revenue: How to Sell the Way Your Customer Wants to Buy. Reply with your mailing address and I will send it along to you.

    Thanks so much.


  2. Tammy says:

    Hi Bob,

    My name is Tammy and I work with Vineet Nayar of HCL to help grow his Employees First, Customers Second philosophy online (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Employees-First-Customers-Second-Conventional/dp/1422139069). A number of your posts and reviews have touched on some topics that we’re very passionate about (particulary the HBR one on Finding and Keeping the Right People) which in fact are central to what we’re all about, and we’d be keen to hear your and your readers’ thoughts on it.

    It would great if you could provide us with your contact details so we can ship you a book.


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  4. HR Crest says:

    Hi Bob,


    I like your book reviews and the interviews. Recently, I enjoyed reading the interview with George Bradt.

    I have launched my book, Your Career Build It Your Way. It would be priceless if I could send it to you for a critical appreciation. Kindly revert with your e mail address, I can then send my book to you.



  5. Bob Vanourek says:

    Thank you for the review you posted on “Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations.” Reaction to the book has been most favorable, and we appreciate your endorsement. Hope you follow our blogs on triplecrownleadership.com.

  6. Hi Bob,

    Just a quick note to say thanks very much for posting a link to the strategy+business interview of Doug Conant.

    We appreciate your support, and your blog!



    Marketing & Public Relations Manager – strategy+business
    101 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10178
    Tel: 212-551-6255

  7. Katrina Power says:

    Dear Bob,

    I’d love to send you a review copy of The Culture Map by Professor Erin Meyer. She’s an insightful (and humorous) writer, whose work on working with diverse cultures has been getting some great attention, for example on the HBR blog site: http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/02/how-to-say-this-is-crap-in-different-cultures/. Would you please advise of your mailing address so that I can send a copy of the book to you?

    Thanks and best wishes,


  8. Kent’64. Still remember your Triumph and figuring out, i.e. keeping track of plots and players in “She Stoops to Conquer” using a method similar to the one you referred to for your calculus course. Today I met with a non-profit in Seattle and the young man went to Beloit and his father went to Kent ’72… Mike Brown. Thank you for any part of my success that you influenced.

    • bobmorris says:

      Great to hear from you, Doug. I remember so fondly the decade at Kent and regret that I have lost touch with most of those I was privileged to teach and coach. Several of my colleagues and their wives are buried in the cemetery atop Skiff Mountain. I wish you a blessed and joyous holiday season and even greater success during the new year. Meanwhile, warmest regards, Bob

    • You actually took the time to cross the hall in the ‘Schoolhouse’ to talk to me when I was considering leaving Kent, which would have been a big mistake. I got early admission to Northwestern. Skiff Mountain was owned by my classmate’s (Rick Rawson) relatives and I only wish I had known any of the girls better. The 50th reunion, this June, was a momentous occasion and I am sure you would have been greeted by huge cheers. Meanwhile, God bless, Doug Macmillan

  9. Would you be interested in reviewing my eighth book, the Disaster Handbook . . . ?

    At first glance this candidate for your review may seem like a lowly self-help book —certainly not worthy of mingling with today’s literary darlings. But this volume has won six literary awards, and its author, a prominent architect, has penned five thick volumes on architecture for McGraw-Hill. The book’s quality of writing is as literary as the best novels, is as dramatic as narrative non-fiction in the way it limns many disasters as stories, is as artistically designed and illustrated as a coffeetable art book, is certainly as suspenseful as a thriller, and it leavens this usually scary subject with humor. As for the book’s focus, it sidesteps the usual “survivalist” shibboleths that infest this genre of literature in favor of articulating how to create precautionary architecture: how to prepare your home or workplace for a disaster in advance, be safe as it happens, and repair any damage afterward. As such this publication can safen the lives of every man, woman, and child in America, anywhere, anytime —which is about as infinite a literary audience as a book can have. With all this going for it, it just might shoot to the top of the list of books you would like to review.

    If you would like to take this book for an evening’s test drive, please verify your best street address to receive a review copy. A press release, newspaper article, microsoft text files, and high-resolution images are also available on request. Please let me know how I can help you.

    The invention of the present is the hope of the future,
    Robert Brown Butler

  10. My street address is
    9236 Phinney Ave. N,
    Seattle, WA 98103
    but my preferred address for receiving things from Amazon, et al is
    PO Box 17883
    Seattle, WA 98127

  11. Thomas Huynh says:

    Bob, you are such a positive person, it is infectious! Keep up the good work.

  12. Bob: I enjoy your book reviews. I’m about to publish my latest (12th) book and would love to have an impartial review of it. Please let me know how you work (conditions) and whether you would be interested in reviewing it. The title of the book is “The Making of a CEO”; “Helping You Deal With The Issues of Running Your Company”. It is aimed at owners of small and midsize companies.

    • bobmorris says:

      I am certainly willing to consider it. Please have a finished copy shipped to:

      Robert Morris
      10438 Pagewood Drive
      Dallas, TX 75230-4254

      Meanwhile, best regards.

  13. Robert Hocking says:

    Hi Rob, I read a review of yours on Amazon and, based on the profile, it seems you do freelance work, is this the case?

  14. Robert Hocking says:

    Hi Rob, I came across your profile on Amazon and I understand you do freelance work, is this still the case?


  15. Ralph Knyrim says:

    Hello Bob,

    “Please support this blog by ordering your books from Amazon through this link:”
    link is missing on your webpage.

    Kind regards


  16. Hi Bob,

    I have just spent the last two years writing a book on how to create an adaptive organisation. The information in the book draws on 20 years of experience and lots of research.
    I would love to send you a copy for your review.
    If you are interested please send me your address and I will get a pre-launch copy shipped to you. The book will be launched in September 2016.

    Kind regards
    Kate Christiansen

    • bobmorris says:

      Please send a finished copy to:

      Robert Morris
      10438 Pagewood Drive
      Dallas, TX 75230-4254

      I’ll get to the book ASAP, heavy emphasis on P.

  17. Alyssa Gross says:

    Hi– I’m writing on behalf of Deloitte Digital, we’re gathering a list of press coverage for our website and would like permission to use your logo. Thank you! Alyssa

  18. Dear Bob,

    I am Kevin Murray’s Pa author of Language of Leaders and Communicate to Inspire which we have seen you have reviewed on Amazon. Kevin has a new book out People with Purpose and wondered if you would like to send us a copy?

    I look forward to hearing from you.



  19. Andy Cohen says:

    Hi Bob, Truly appreciate the thinking that goes into your book reviews. Would like to send you my new book, Challenge Your Assumptions, Change Your World.

    The book helps people and organization make faster, more effective decisions and enhance critical thinking. I have taken a contrarian viewpoint that assumptions are neither good nor bad, rather they are part of every decision.

    The book provides a roadmap for surfacing these subconscious beliefs and then managing them productively.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration.

    • bobmorris says:

      I would be pleased to consider it:

      Robert Morris
      10438 Pagewood Drive
      Dallas, TX 75230-4254

      No rush. I’m currently swamped.

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