Throwing the Elephant

Version: Unabridged
Author: Stanley Bing
Narrator: Simon Jones
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Development, Comedy, Motivation, Management & Leadership
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: N/A
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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If What Would Machiavelli Would Do? was the meanest business book since the Renaissance, Throwing the Elephant provides the yang to that yin. Because sometimes you've got to be selfless, compassionate, and completely empty to get the job done.

Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the author of What Would Machiavelli Do? and Lloyd: What Happened, a novel. By day, he works for a gigantic multinational conglomerate whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

*Please note that this book originally came packaged with a second book, so the discs you will receive will be numbered 4 though 7. Rest assured, though, the entire book "Throwing the Elephant" is contained on these 4 discs.

Reviews (5)

Humorous (and insightful)

Written by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was funny (in a tongue in cheek, irreverent sort of way), but the underlying approach to attitude had a ring of truth and practicality. The narrator did a great job adding to both the humor and practicality (something about the British accent that highlights sarcasm in a wonderful way).

Smug and silly

Written by Anonymous on July 31st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The author is entirely too pleased with his own sense of humor, which is highly derivative of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. It's not that the principles of Zen are so sacred that they can't withstand some humor, but this is just not as funny as the author thinks it is.


Written by ML from Carrollton, TX on March 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The promise of Stanley Bing being funny has finally surfaced. "Throwing the Elephant" is a great satirical look at corporate America; and on navigating it through the ranks. If you enjoy the topics and humor of Dilbert and the writing style of, say David Sedaris, this book is for you. If you have never worked in a large corporation, I’d say skip this one as the jokes simply may not resonate.

Throwing the Elephant

Written by Lee Eppler from Hughson, CA on June 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Pure genious! There are insights and laughs at every turn! I recommend this book to anyone who's employer thinks (s)he's Donald Trump.

Bravo Stephen

Written by Anonymous on July 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well done, Mr. Bing. Although Stanley Bing is a nom de guerre, there's nothing hidden in this tongue-in-check survival guide for managing your boss. And don't think we don't know who the real Budda is of which you speak. Enjoyable listen, with real tips worth trying out on the elephant in anyone's office.

Author Details

Author Details

Bing, Stanley

"Stanley Bing first made his appearance in Esquire magazine in 1984, writing scurrilous things about his employers and friends and giving strategic advice to those even more befuddled than he. Rather than risk expulsion from his crabby corporate environment, he created the Bing pseudonym in order to observe and criticize the executive class while at the same time aspiring to its lifestyle. This strategy has for all intents and purposes paid off big-time. Since 1995, Bing has been sniping at the hand that feeds him in the pages of Fortune magazine while functioning as an ultra-haute executive at a huge multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

Bing is also the author of the national bestsellers Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up and What Would Machiavelli Do? The Ends Justify the Meanness, and of the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. "