LAI Literary

Leading Authorities, Inc.: A Trusted Book Publication Partner

Leading Authorities, Inc. has long understood the powerful synergy between speaking and publishing. Having a great book that supports a speaker’s message is critical in today’s competitive marketplace. As Leading Authorities’ resource for talent seeking to write and publish works of nonfiction, LAI Literary fields proposals and assists clients in conceiving, developing, and licensing future best-selling books.

In addition, Leading Authorities helps our clients to promote and sell their books once they are published. In the past year alone, our team has helped sell hundreds of thousands of copies of books, and partnered with publishers and publicists to execute strategic book promotion events and campaigns.

Transformative Nintendo America President and COO On Disrupting The Gaming Industry

Reggie Fils-Aimé is a boss-level video game and entertainment industry disruptor who became the first American and African American president and COO of Nintendo of America, Inc. In his book, Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo, he chronicles his journey to becoming revered by business leaders and gaming fans alike for leading the revitalization of the Nintendo brand, while also offering leadership lessons-learned and inspiring stories from his unlikely rise to the top.

Readers feel as though they’re sitting one-on-one with Fils-Aimé as he shares actionable insights for reaching the top of your industry, powering innovative solutions, creating a vibrant and believable vision for your organization, and maintaining relentless curiosity as you work toward achieving your goals and shattering the status quo.

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From the Street to the Stars by Hakeem Oluseyi

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, an astrophysicist and former space science education lead for NASA, released his book A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars on June 15, 2021. Hakeem is a renowned scientist who has worked on Nobel Prize-winning teams and created 12 patents globally on manufacturing computer chips.

His new book is a powerful story of overcoming barriers and chasing impossible dreams as he narrates his inspiring and hopeful journey from the street to the stars.

Despite being the kid with a 162 IQ who his peers called “the professor” and "gangsta nerd," he fell into the wrong crowds and entered the world of drug dealing before dropping out of college. But Hakeem never gave up. Persevering past naysayers, self-doubt, and seemingly immovable obstacles, he turned his life around and achieved his dream of making an unforgettable mark in the world of astrophysics.

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Highly Anticipated Book from Best-Selling Author Dakota Meyer

Medal of Honor recipient  Dakota Meyer, will be releasing his book, The Way Forward: Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy, on March 1, 2022. Meyer is the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since 1973.

In his highly-anticipated book, he shares lessons from his action-packed, whirlwind military service, a time when he was faced with, and overcame, life-altering challenges in high-risk combat environments.

In this book, Dakota shares everything from heart-pounding stories and tactics for handling stress to tackling your biggest obstacles. He provides a candid, down-to-earth account of what it takes to survive and thrive on battlefields from Afghanistan and Iraq to our daily lives.

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Book Released by Acclaimed Thinkers50 Thought Leader & Globally-Recognized Expert On Innovation & Growth

Rita Gunther McGrath, a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, a globally-recognized management thinker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School, released her latest book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, on September 3rd, 2019. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and is one of the most regularly published authors in the Harvard Business Review. She is consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50.

Her most recently-released book is the first prescriptive, innovative guide to seeing inflection points before they happen—and how to harness these disruptive influences to give your company a strategic advantage.

Paradigmatic shifts in the business landscape, known as inflection points, can either create new, entrepreneurial opportunities (see Amazon and Netflix) or they can lead to devastating consequences (e.g., Blockbuster and Toys R Us). Only those leaders who can “see around corners”–that is, spot the disruptive inflection points developing before they hit–are poised to succeed in this market.

In this book, Rita contends that inflection points, though they may seem sudden, are not random. Every seemingly overnight shift is the final stage of a process that has been subtly building for some time. Armed with the right strategies and tools, smart businesses can see these inflection points coming and use them to gain a competitive advantage. Seeing Around Corners is the first hands-on guide to anticipating, understanding, and capitalizing on the inflection points shaping the marketplace.

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Former DNI James Clapper Released New Book In May 2018

The former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, released his first book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, on May 22, 2018.

Formerly the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the US, James Clapper led the intelligence community through a time that saw rising tensions around the world and election meddling here at home.

In his book, Clapper traces his career through five decades of national intelligence operations, the growing threat of cyber attacks, his relationships with Presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. In the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, he will also describe his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance. His book is highly anticipated and will be full of stories and insights that will likely get quite a bit of press. 

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Living A No Barriers Life

Erik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind person to summit Mt. Everest, the highest point on Earth. Descending carefully, he and his team picked their way across deep crevasses and through the deadly Khumbu Icefall; When the mountain was finally behind him, Erik knew he was going to live. His expedition leader slapped him on the back and said something that would affect the course of Erik’s life: “Don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.”

No Barriers is Erik’s response to that challenge. It's the moving story of his journey since descending Mt. Everest: From leading expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers to helping injured soldiers climb their way home from war, from adopting a son from Nepal to facing the most terrifying reach of his life: to solo kayak the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon. During Erik's journey, he meets other trailblazers―adventurers, scientists, artists, and activists―who, despite trauma, hardship, and loss, have broken through barriers of their own. These pioneers show Erik surprising ways forward that surpass logic and defy traditional thinking.

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