Business Books

You'll never see a career guide published just for men. So why are bookstores filled with professional makeovers for women? A review of the latest in glass-ceiling lit

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Are women completely clueless in business? You might think so, given the number of career-advice books being written by and for women. "My first reaction is that this is incredibly discriminatory," says Jackie Wilbur, the director of M.B.A. career development at the MIT Sloan School of Management. "But as you think about this more, of course women have very distinct issues. It could be a tremendous service to create career guides that talk them through the acculturation process into corporate America."

The publishing industry is banking on that. Will Weisser, associate publisher of Portfolio, Penguin's business imprint, says that business-advice books...

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