Adult Books

When All Else Fails, Sell!
How Learning to Sell Can Change Your Life

By David Oliphant with Mike Levin

Subject: Motivational
Hardcover with jacket | 128 pages | 5 1/2 X 8 1/4
US$19.99 | CAN$21.99
Publication Date: 2012-03-15
ISBN: 9781606524299
EBOOK: 9781606524374

In a dramatic narrative form, this book shows how the fundamentals of salesmanship can transform a person's life toward a bright, prosperous future. The basics of selling—honesty, fairness and trust—are instincts inside of everyone and once mobilized can help anyone who wants more out of life.

U.S. Marine Lieutenant Mark Whitby was escorting a top-secret caravan through a dangerous area of Afghanistan when his convoy was attacked by insurgents. By springing into action, Whitby manages to save his men and more importantly the top-secret passenger, but not without getting severely wounded himself.

Regaining consciousness in a hospital, Whitby learns that his fighting days are over. Reluctantly, he tries to chart a new future for himself but keeps coming up empty-handed. Then a strange package arrives. He opens it to find an old, dog-eared Gideon's Bible with hundreds of passages underlined and highlighted. Inside is an envelope with a cryptic handwritten note: "When all else fails..." it reads.

Mark and his new young bride are then led on a treasure hunt of sorts by Mark's estranged grandfather, an ex-Marine war hero himself, who is also one of the greatest salesmen who has ever lived. Rather than give his grandson a large inheritance, he will teach him the 12 secrets to salesmanship and open his eyes to the joy of practicing the art of selling in order to equip him for a fulfilling and prosperous life.

What Readers Are Saying

"When All Else Fails, Sell! left me feeling not only inspired and motivated but also a whole lot wiser, happier, and self-confident. It's as if the essence of Og Mandino, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale, Robert H. Schuller, Wayne Dyer, and Zig Ziglar are all rolled up into a modern fable that is served on a silver platter to all the wonderful souls who have served to protect America's freedom so well and who now need a guide for their own future. A success guide for everyone of any age."
Edward A. Taub, M.D., Former Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

"When All Else Fails, Sell! is one of the most valuable and insightful books you can read, because it adheres to a philosophy of morally-based principles that will help everyone--whether or not your chosen profession is sales."
William Ney, Tangoe, Inc., VP Alliance Management

"When All Else Fails, Sell! educates and inspires the reader to believe and conceive their boldest dreams and highest expression of life—a truly empowering book that will transform your life!"
Dr. James Rouse, QVC's Wellness Doctor, Founder Optimum Wellness Media

"This book is so similar to my own life experiences as a salesperson . . . It's no secret that the same skills that make a good salesperson today have been the same throughout time—as referenced in this wonderful book. This book will inspire others who are not sure what career path to take—and show them how they too can be a great salesperson. I found this book to be an entertaining and inspiring read and you will, also!"
Guy Martin, 82nd Airborne Division 1974-1978


In 1944, during World War II, at the age of nine, David Oliphant was recruited into the Junior Civil Defense. He was the air raid warden for two buildings in the South Bronx that housed 50 families, along with being the air raid monitor for the 5th and 6th grade classes in his elementary school.

David has authored, edited, created and published over 400 books over the past 50 years. Oliphant co-authored Balance Your Body, Balance Your Life, The Wellness Solution, The Ball Player, Managing Your Stress In Today's World, He also created and published the world famous Illustrated Classics, 125 titles. He considers his newest book, When All Else Fails, Sell!, one of his most important accomplishments. David has been married to Deborah Ann Kalman for over 23 years. They reside in Connecticut.

New York Times best-selling author Michael Levin has written, co-written or ghostwritten an astonishing 90+ books, of which eight are national best sellers. He is the nationally acknowledged thought leader in the delivery of the next generation of business books. He has also contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Jerusalem Post, Writers Digest, and CBS News. He is an Amherst College graduate, a Columbia Law School-trained attorney and a non-practicing member of the Massachusetts bar.