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SIMON & SCHUSTER was founded in April 1924 when Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster pooled their resources and published Simon & Schuster’s first book, The Crossword Puzzle Book, packaged with a pencil. What was a revolutionary idea at the time went on to become a runaway bestseller and a modern publishing company was launched.
In its early years, Simon & Schuster achieved commercial success from such groundbreaking mega-sellers as Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Philosophy and Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Simon & Schuster, Inc. has since grown into a large publishing house with many divisions, but the Simon & Schuster trade imprint has remained as a cornerstone of the company and one of the most venerated brand names in the world of publishing. Among its award-winning works are The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer; Walt Whitman by Justin Kaplan; Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes; Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch; A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis; The Prize by Daniel Yergin; Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills; No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin; Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter; A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar; and numerous books by David McCullough—Truman, John Adams, Mornings on Horseback, and The Path Between the Seas.
Many Simon & Schuster books have had pervasive cultural influence over decades: Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by E.S. Mead, Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson; Eloise by Kay Thompson; Gypsy by Gypsy Rose Lee; The Organization Man by William H. Whyte, The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins; The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford; The Chosen by Chaim Potok; Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; Nice Guys Finish Last by Leo Durocher; Pumping Iron by Charles Gaines and George Butler; Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner; A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion; The Human Factor by Graham Greene; Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger; Jane Fonda’s Workout Book by Jane Fonda; Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins; Knock Wood by Candice Bergen; Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis; Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi; Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey; Den of Thieves by James Stewart; The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck; Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger; Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose; Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks; When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss; A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers; Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton; Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson; Chronicles by Bob Dylan; The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
In 1974, Simon & Schuster published the landmark bestseller, All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and has continued to publish Bob Woodward’s books to this day. It has long maintained its reputation as a premier publisher of nonfiction, with books by Jonathan Alter, Mark Bittman, Steven Brill, Susan Cheever, Jennet Conant, Richard Ben Cramer, E.J. Dionne, David Herbert Donald, Timothy Ferris, Frances FitzGerald, Betty Friedan, George McGovern, Robert Putnam, Richard Reeves, William Shawcross, Ron Suskind, Evan Thomas, and Amy Wilentz. Simon & Schuster also publishes scores of bestselling and critically acclaimed fiction writers, including Nicholson Baker, Sandra Brown, James Lee Burke, Mary Higgins Clark, Richard Paul Evans, Stephen Hunter, Stephen McCauley, Martin Cruz Smith, Jean Thompson, and Marianne Wiggins.