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On the Edge Gets a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly

Alison Levine. Grand Central/Business Plus, $27  (288p) ISBN 978-1-4555-4487-5
In her assured, personable debut, Levine—team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition and a former associate at Goldman Sachs—takes lessons learned on the slopes of the world’s tallest mountains and applies them to everyday business challenges for executives at all levels, as well as politicians, educators, and students. On the premise that “everyone is in a leadership position,” Levine covers topics including extreme preparation, the importance of failure, succeeding in difficult conditions, networking, ego management, making the most of weakness, building trust and loyalty, and bringing your A-game to every challenge. Levine writes, “leadership in extreme environments requires the willpower, the teamwork, the high moral character, and the emotional intelligence necessary to overcome exceptional hurdles, solve complex problems, and face any sudden, uncontrollable, high-risk situation, including those that exist in today’s business world.” The book is best suited to readers looking for their advice framed in an adventure story; the lessons within are cast in broad strokes, appealing, perhaps, to business readers who prefer not to read the words “synergy” or “laser-focus” yet again. If they can get past the feeling of inferiority from reading the work of a business-savvy extreme climber who’s also funny, readers will find much to learn here. Agent: Nena Madonia, Dupree Miller & Associates. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 10/28/2013 Release date: 01/07/2014