Emperor's Clothes

Emperor's Clothes

by Catherine McGuiness


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Part cautionary tale, part farce, Emperors' Clothes tells the story of two executives and one mob boss who put a Sopranos' style spin on corporate strategy.

Stewart Narciss, whose accomplished father prefers the company of his hairless cats to that of his only son, equates executive status with self-worth. To impress the movers and shakers, Stewart hooks his career to the rising power of human resources. Unfortunately for the employees on his watch, lying prostrate before his cold-fish father is the closest this executive comes to touchy feely. As his efforts to bond with his father, and his company's CEO, are rebuffed, Stewart manipulates the succession process at TMC, assuring his place as consiglieri to a future boss.

Enter Carol Himmler, a beautiful yet ruthless executive who chews up employees with the indifference of a wild animal eating her young.
When a chemical spill results from workforce cuts she made, Carol hires mobster Sal Scruci to make the problem go away. Only problem is Scruci never goes away. All hell breaks loose when Sal reinvents himself as an executive talent scout--not a guy who takes no for an answer.

As self-centered agendas drive shortsighted decisions, TMC Corporation heads down a bumpy road--and everything from carefully cultivated allegiances to personal integrity suffers.

Emperors' Clothes is a rollicking tale told with trenchant wit and insight, leaving readers to wonder who's really the bad guy and if the emperors ever had any clothes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937110048
Publisher: Emerald Book Co.
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Deborah Sawyer

'Emperors' Clothes is a must-read for every executive search consultant, corporate recruiter and anyone who has ever been 'headhunted'. Emperors' Clothes uncovers the narcissism and nonsense that goes on in the recruiting game as people on both sides of the desk try to move up the ladder.'' --(Deborah Sawyer, Managing Director, Executive Advisors; also, former Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry International)

Linda Rebrovick

'From the jump, Emperors' Clothes is riveting entertainment. Packing in an insatiable quest for power -- and the resulting collateral damage -- plus human frailty and desire, Emperors' Clothes keeps you on the edge of your seat. In this action-packed tale of colorful characters, corporate intrigue and mob-influenced talent management schemes, Cathy McGuinness marries her masterful writing skills and extensive business experience to remind us of three important leadership qualities - integrity, values and courage!'' --(Linda Rebrovick, Chief Executive Officer, Consensus Point)

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Emperor's Clothes 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book by cathrine mcguiness she is a great author such an interesting book with great characters
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Laney1005 More than 1 year ago
I don't think you need to be in the industry that McGuinness writes about in order to understand this book and enjoy the irony and humor that prevails throughout. McGuinness writes with knowledge of the human resource industry and with words that capture the reader's interest and pulls you into the story. Some books can give you the mindless escape that you're looking for. This book makes you use your brain in ways that you might not have used it before. In my opinion, it is well-written and a great first effort for McGuinness. Kudos and I look forward to your next novel!
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RVerCAS More than 1 year ago
I found it exaggerating & totally confusing. Maybe if you could get though the first 10 pages, it might have a chance at a decent story.
bearifier More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting and promising concept, a comic book set in the financial industry. So it looked appealing to me. Still, I just couldn't finish it for one simple reason: the author uses with a straight face the jargon of finances these days (leverage, etc.). So she actually uses all this jargon in describing what her heroes do. So the novel basically makes it difficult for people not working in the industry (and not familiar with its jargon) to understand what's going on. I'm sorry, I picked this book because it sounded like a good and relatively easy read. If I wanted to pick my brains with economics concepts I would have chosen a good (pop)-economics book. Good luck to the authors, however, and I hope her next book is more accessible for the general reader.
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LucyBSD More than 1 year ago
First time author, Catherine McGuinness creates a romp of a farce and writes insightfully of the high stakes office politics that turns "deadly" by the stroke of a pen.
Lupita-Legarreta More than 1 year ago
It is well known how cut throat the business world can be but, the author in Emperor's Cothes not only gave it a new spin but really brought headhunting to a new level of intensity. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and strongly recommend it.
AKemp More than 1 year ago
Love, love love this book!!! Riveting story line with exceptional writing skills makes this book hard to put down! Don't miss out!