Review of Who Moved My Cheese?

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9 Overall

9 Applicability

9 Innovation

8 Style


You can’t evaluate the contents of this slender volume without also considering its almost immeasurable social impact. The sales figures read like an author’s dream: one million hardcover copies sold in 16 months, 21 million more copies in the next five years and, in 2005, Amazon identified Who Moved My Cheese? as its number one best-selling book, period. Stated in the simplest possible terms, pretty much everyone has read it. To date, Spencer Johnson’s total sales for all his books combined equal 40 million copies in 42 languages. Before Cheese, Johnson was already a best-selling author; he co-wrote the business classic The One Minute Manager with Ken Blanchard. It was Blanchard, among other friends, who urged Johnson to write Cheese after hearing him recite its story at social gatherings. The tale, like all successful parables, is a model of simplicity. Two “mice” and two mouse-sized “littlepeople” live in a maze. They find what appears to be a lifetime supply of “cheese” and settle down. But the cheese runs out, and the characters must face and cope with change. How they do it inspired millions of readers.

About the Author

Best-selling author Spencer Johnson, MD, also wrote The New York Times bestseller The Present and co-wrote the bestseller The One Minute Manager. He served as a leadership fellow at Harvard Business School. Who Moved My Cheese?: The Movie won a 2004 Telly Award.


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