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American-Standard commissioned one. So did IBM, Singer Sewing machines and Coca-Cola. During the 1950s, '60s and '70s, American corporations mounted elaborate musical theater entertainments for their sales conventions - shows with surprisingly catchy songs about the products and consumers (some written by real songwriters like Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, who'd go on to create "Fiddler on the Roof"). In "Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals" (Blast Books, $39.95), co-authors Steve Young and Sport Murphy pull back the curtain on these ridiculous - and ridiculously enjoyable - productions.(Credit: Handout)

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Holiday gift guide: Books

Clear your coffee tables -- the holidays are upon us, and with them a tidal wave of art and illustrated books suitable for living-room display. Here are 15 that would look great on anybody’s coffee table, including your own. -- TOM BEER, tom.beer@newsday.com