Aesop's Fables in the Executive Suite
. Van Nostrand Reinhold . NY
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I learned of this book through the Milwaukee Public Library in 1983 and had been looking for it ever since. Now that I have it, I find it somewhat disappointing. It is a set of 42 (41, says the dust jacket, slightly blistered on the good copy and more blistered on the extra copy) alphabetical chapters based on traditional fables. Each chapter has a standard format: a limerick on the traditional fable, Aesop's moral, several pages presenting and analyzing contemporary cases, and a closing admonitory moral. As the author points out, the book could be called Fables for Promotion, since promotion seems to be the goal throughout. I had hoped that the limericks might be useful, but they are wordy and oblique. The most useful thing in the book might be the cover's cartoon of Aesop with an attache case, repeated in black-and-white on the title-page.