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Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell" and managing editor of the on of most-watched financial news programs on TV, "Wall Street Journal Report," spoke about her new book at the Westport Library last night.

"My book is about becoming and staying successful," Bartiromo said of her second book, which features insight from figures like Bill Gates and Charles Schwab. "I got the idea when companies were just falling to their knees, and I just thought, 'This is amazing. How is it possible that these people that found success are carrying boxes of their belongings out of their offices after making it?'"

A standing-room audience attended the Authors@The Library series. Besides talking about her book, "The Ten Laws of Enduring Success," Bartiromo also dicussed various topics including how one travels the road to success, what the United States needs to do to remain a major international contender what events in her life and career that brought her to this point.

Bartiromo stressed the importance of adaptability in today's world and said it was the one thing that everyone must take into consideration to remain successful.

"We're all living through tremendous change," she said. "Things are changing and they're not waiting for any of us. Adapting, be it through getting a new mentor or obtaining a new degree, is the only way to survive and thrive. Many of the people I spoke to for my book did just that."

The topic that sparked the most discussion in the post-lecture Q&A session was Bartiromo's thoughts on how the U.S. could survive in such a competitive world market – innovation.

"I don't care how many negative headlines are out there, I believe in America," she said. "I am an optimist. We are innovators and I'm not going to bet against that. China wants to be innovative and they want to design. Right now the iPad says 'Made in China' on the back of it, but it also says 'Designed in California.' We need to keep it that way."

Bartiromo announced that she was working on her next book, "The Weekend That Changed Wall Street," which will examine the recent financial crisis.

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