I woke up this morning to find Chief Culture Officer on my Kindle. It won't be out in hard copy till December 1.
I'm not sure why the digital appears before hard copy, but it does.
And, yes, Virginia, for an author, it is very like Xmas. All of a sudden, there it is at the end of your bed.
Here is the Table of Contents for the book. In the next couple of days, I will be rolling out book content, and you can see what you think.
I am proud to have one of the largest Acknowledgments in the history of Western literature.
Why such a long list?
One, quite a lot of Chief Culture Officer was worked up on this blog and I wanted to acknowledge as many readers as I could. The only way to do this is to note the names of people who have left comments. (Forgive me, please, if you have commented and your name does not appear. I tried to be systematic but some names I know escaped me. Also, the book manuscript "closed" in April roughly.)
Two,I managed to publish my last book Transformations without acknowledging friend and colleague Bob Woodard. I was so horrified I thought, it's time to keep a list. And because I am a little bit obsessive, the list grew and grew.
Here is the "acknowledgments" passage as it appears in the book:
This book was written with the help, near or distant, of many people and especially George Anastaplo, John Deighton, Susan Fournier, Jim Gough, Tom Guarriello, Henry Jenkins, Leora Kornfeld, Guy Lanoue, Kate Lee, Kay Lemon, Bill O’Connor, Steve and Virginia Postrel, Montrose Sommers, and Marshall Sahlins. Special thanks are due to my editor, Tim Sullivan, for his sterling intellectual partnership.
I am also grateful to the following people for support and inspiration of many kinds: Susan Abbott, Andrew Amesbury, Ken Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Will Anderson, David Armano, David Armour, Celestine Arnold, Tom Asacker, Ivan Askwith, Alec Austin, Jack Avery, Eleanor Baird, Laurie Baird, Darren Barefoot, Pippin Barr, Jonathan Salem Baskin, Ed Batista, David Bausola, Chris Baylis, Nancy Baym, Angele Beausoleil, John Bell, Brad Berens, Scott Berkun, Russell Bernard, J. Duncan Berry, Ralf Beuker, Stephanie Betz, Lesley Bielby, Gloria Bishop, Martin Bishop, Michael Blankenship, Danah Boyd, Mark Brady, Noah Brier, Amanda Briggs, David Bujnowski, Jeremy Bullmore, Timothy Burke, David Burn, Kenelm Burridge, Larry Buttress, Bud Caddell, Jim Carfrae, Ray Cha, Suw Charman-Anderson, Jeremy Cherfas, James Chatto, Allan Chochinov, Carol Cioppa, Kevin Clark, Patricia Cleary, Marni Zea Clippinger, Don Coffin, Chris Commins, Colby Cosh, Ed Cotton, Tyler Cowen, Steven Crandall, Pat Crane, Andrew Creighton, Gary Cruse, Simone Cruickshank, Rob Curedale, Tom Daly, Russell Davies, Guy Davies, Patrick Davis, Abigail De Kosnik, Leslie and Faith Dektor, Dino Demopoulos, Stephen Denny, Paul Dervan, John Dodds, Ana Domb, Amy Domini, Judith Donath, Colin Drummond, Dave Dyment, German Dziebel, Mark Earls, David Edery, Scott Ellington, Sean Embury, Peter England, Jim Ericson, Mike Everett-Lane, Francis Farrelly, Piers Fawkes, Rob Fields, Charles Firth, Sandy Fleischer, Jeff Flemings, Richard Florida, Denise Fonseca, Sam Ford, Nicolai Frank, Morgan Friedman, Nancy Friedman, Charles Frith, Bruce Fryer, Jed Feuer, John Galvin, Barbara Garfield, Marc Garnaut, Carol Gee, Larry Gies, Morgan Gerard, Vesna Gerintes, Nick Gillespie, Jamie Gordon, Francois Gossieaux, Jim Gough, Guy Gould-Davies, Dan Gould, Katarina Graffman, Stephen and Gillian Graham, Liz Grandillo, John Grant, Jonathan Gray, Rochelle Grayson, Lee Green, Edward Greenspon, Ric Grefe, Susan Griffin, Tom and Karen Guarriello, John and Janice Gundy, Nick Hahn, Scott Haile, Monica Hamburg, Tom Harle, C. V. Harquail, C. Lee Harrington, Stephen Hicks, Jens Hilgenstock, Leigh Himel, Ryan Holiday, Adrienne Hood, Ted Hovet, Kerry Howley, Christine Huang, Andy Hunter, Matthew Ingram, Leon Jacobs, Joseph Jaffe, Lance Jensen, Derek Johnson, Hylton Jolliffe, Matt Jones, Phil Jones, Shaista Justin, Max Kalehoff, A.J. Kandy, Anik Karimjee, Garth Kay, John Kearon, Tom Kelley, Paul Kemp-Robertson, Lynne Kiesling, Peter Kim, Rob Kleine, Nancy Koehn, Rob Kozinets, Holly Kretschmar, Joan Kron, Polly LaBarre, Vince LaConte, Johanne Lamoureux, Alain Lapointe, Joe Lassiter, Jon Leach, Anthony Leung, Curtis Lew, Mark Lewis, Xiaochang Li, Josh Liberson, Rick Liebling, Jeppe Trolle Linnet, Victor Lombardi, Geoffrey Long, Amanda Lotz, Ted Lowitz, Zbigniew Lukasiak, Tom Luke, Michael Madison, Eamon Mahony, Thomas Malaby, Beatriz Mallory, Brett Marchand, Margaret Mark, Roger Martin, Mary, Steve, Zack and Lee Mazur, Megan McArdle, Peter McBurney, Karen McCauley, Jake McCall, Andy McCauley, Seamus McCauley, Emmet McCusker, John McGarr, Joe and Christine Melchione, Bud Melman, Paul Melton, Jerry Michalski, Alan Middleton, Debbie Millman, Mary Mills, Candy Minx, Prashant Mishra, Jason Mittell, Sean Moffitt, Johnnie Moore, Karl Moore, Kim Moses, Roop Mukhopadhyay, Mark Murray, Eric Nehrlich, Matt Nolan, Bruce Nussbaum, Bill O’Connor, Charlotte Odes, Richard Oliver, Gian Pangaro, Clay Parker Jones, Lisa Parrish, Jan and Lauren Parsons, Chee Pearlman, Daniel Pereira, Martin Perelmuter, Neil Perkin, Mary Pisarkiewicz, Barbara Pomorska, Faith Popcorn, Steve Portigal, Michael Powell, Tony Princisvalle, Brandon Proia, Aswin Punathambekar, Mike Rao, Shaka Rashid, Rita Rayman, Adam Richardson, Rodrigo M. S. dos Reis, Diego Rodriguez, Daniel Rosenblatt, Mike Ronkoske, John Roscoe, Susan Royer, Monica Ruffo, Doris Rusch, Juri Saar, Danielle Sacks, Kevin Sandler, Gladys Santiago, Fredrik Sarnblad, Sean Sauber, Mary Schmidt, Nick Schultz, Yasha Sekhavat, Matt Semansky, Parmesh Shahani, Richard and Pam Shear, Brent Shelkey, James Sherrett, John Sherry, Al Silk, Simon Sinek, Naunihal Singh, Kevin Slavin, Tina Slavin, Alix Sleight, Drew Smith, Paul Snyderman, Ruth Soenius, Evan Solomon, Sir Martin Sorrell, Peter Spear, Daria Steigman, Rick Sterling, Diana Stinson, Will Straw, Rory Sutherland, Bob Sutton, Craig and Cheryl Swanson, Ashley Swartz, Wodek Szemberg, Ed Tam, Rodney Tanner, Andrew Taylor, Earl Taylor, Clive Thompson, Anne Thompson, Amelia Torode, Scott Underwood, William Uricchio, Shenja van der Graaf, Ilya Vedrashko, Carlos Veraza, Kelly Verchere, Greg Verdino, Michel Verdon, Colleen Wainwright, Jimmy Wales, Mark Warshaw, Mary Walker, Rob Walker, William Ward, Reiko Waisglass, Chris and Nancy Weaver, Henri Weijo, David Weinberger, Scott Weisbrod, Stefan Werning, Elvi Whitaker, Martin Wiegel, Sara Winge, John Winsor, David Wolfe, Stacy Wood, Bob Woodard, Michelle Yagoda, Faris Yakob, Khalil Younes, Andrew Zolli, and Edward Zuber.
Chief Culture Officer also available for the Sony Ebook here.
it’s just plain bonkers to be included in that list (though i think it indicates that you’ve avoided any exclusions!). flattered and honored and eager to read it.
Congrats Grant. Love the book title. Clearly I’ll have to get it to see my name in there. Transformations was very insightful, so looking forward to this.
Congratulations on the book launch! (Is e-version before hard copy a sign of the times?)
Grant, thank you very much for the mention and good luck with the book!
Grant, What must be acknowledged is that you are one of the most insightful, constantly engaging, and just plain smart people I have the privilege to count as a friend. I know this is too much for a Canadian, whatever. Congrats on the book.
Cool to have it up electronically!
Thanks for the mention. Your mission in this book is heroic if not quixotic. Best of luck with it.
Thanks, Grant. That was nice of you!
Congratulations on the book — and thanks for the shout-out. What a wonderful surprise.
you have very much made my day!
This is great, Grant. I’ll have to see about buying a kindle in Canada just to get it. Thanks for the name check. All the best, Will
you are far too kind. good luck with the book. going to download it now…
I am beyond thrilled to be included in this list. As many have said already (and far more eloquently), you are a beacon of light and joy in the tangled wilds of modern culture.
Huzzah, for you! For books! For Kindles! And for politeness!
Colleen, thanks for your very kind words. Also thanks again for the introduction to our Luncheon friend. We had a good chat. Best, Grant
Ditto to many of the comments above. I was surprised and feel quite honored to be included in such an esteemed list luminaries. I am looking forward to reading the book, and even more, to discussing it with you. So sorry I can’t make it to #FOE4 but look forward to seeing you soon!
Laurie, its hard to imagine an FoE without you! You will be missed. Best, Grant
How many times does Andrew Zolli ever not come last in a list of names? Quite an accomplishment.
And btw, never, ever, ever say, “Yes, Virginia…” unless you are talking to someone named Virginia. It is the world’s most annoying cliche.
Congrats! That’s really sweet of you to include your regular commentators.
…although now I feel like I have an ulterior motive when I’m commenting 😀 When’s your next book coming out? 🙂
Nice acknowledgments list. And good luck with the latest tome, the speaking tour, the ensuing fame and fortune.