Hu: If that would be the "first Go book", not "first book" then I don't think this reduced claim would even be true, since at least Charles Tuttle published The Game of Go in 1956. On the other hand, perhaps the writer meant to say "the first book published by the Free Press imprint of Simon & Schuster, a major US book publisher". Which is it?
Bill: Maybe it's Troy Anderson's first book.
Hu: Now on 2004-08-08, an anonymous person has edited the first sentence from "the first book published by a major US book publisher -- Simon & Schuster's Free Press imprint" to "the first book published by major US book publisher Simon & Schuster". This is a logical impossibility. No publisher can become a major publisher before they publish their first book.
Bob McGuigan: This isn't the only book on using Go thinking in strategy analysis. Kiseido has a book Go: An Asian Paradigm for Business Strategy by Yasuyuki Miura, and I think Yutopian has one on using go ideas in military strategy.
Dieter: A look at the website shows that Simon & Schuster was founded in 1924 by Richard L. (Dick) Simon and M. Lincoln (Max) Schuster. Their initial project was a crossword puzzle book, the first ever produced, which was a runaway bestseller. From that, the company has grown to become a multifaceted publishing house that publishes more than 2100 titles annually. Simon & Schuster and its imprints have won 54 Pulitzer Prizes, and been the recipient of numerous National Book Awards and National Book Critics Circle Awards.
From this we can safely conclude - I think - that it is the first Go book by this publisher, not the first Go book altogether and not their first book altogether.