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Book Review: Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson

Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You--At Work and in Life By Spencer Johnson, M.D. Atria Books; 103 pages

You can hardly blame a publisher for wanting to play it safe in these economically treacherous, print-endangered times. But was it really necessary to ape Johnson's motivational manual Who Moved My Cheese? in every way, from its distinctive cover to its format (inspirational parable) to its length (fleeting)? Granted, the author's previous book was a No. 1 blockbuster that sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, but the difference is that his original was far superior: a deceptively...

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