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American By Choice: The Remarkable Fulfillment of an Immigrant's Dream Hardcover – February 24, 1998

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About the Author

Sam Moore is the former CEO of the largest Bible and inspirational book publishing enterprise, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Moore's career was launched when he formed his own company, Royal Publishing, to market Bibles and other books in 1962 and became a public company. Achieving a steady growth rate in the publishing business from its beginning, Moore's firm acquired, in 1969, Thomas Nelson-a Scottish company established in 1798 but then headquartered in New York City and Camden. In 1972, the corporate headquarters was consolidated in Nashville, Tennessee, and the company's name changed to Thomas Nelson. The company grew at 20 percent in both revenues and earnings during the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in Nelson becoming the world's largest Bible and Christian book publisher in the world.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1St Edition edition (February 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785274537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785274537
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David A. Baer VINE VOICE on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rags to riches tales are an American phenomenon. From inside the system, it is easy to think that a lot of hard work, a good idea, and a little luck are all it takes for the down-and-out to pull themselves up any number of ladders, and that this is obvious everywhere. You only have to live beyond these shores for a little while to realize that this scenario is a quintessential chunk of Americana. Class, rigid economies, and 7th-grade decisions for a trade or university are strong brakes on the possibilities of moving up or even, for that matter, sideways.

Once upon a time, Sam Moore wasn't called that. Salim Ziady-before a South Carolina judge in an intimidating black robe at a naturalization hearing advised him 'when in Rome to do like the Romans'-emigrated from his native Lebanon as a young man and found a niche selling Bibles and books door-to-door in this country's Southeast. It was not so much a helping hand as a wide open door that enamored him with his adopted country, a love he communicates with vigor in this endearing autobiography.

It's easy to approach such a work with a jaundiced eye. Autobiography does not promise transparency and the rhetoric of 'I made it, so you can too' goes down like cold oatmeal to those whose tenacity has not been similarly rewarded. Yet a palpable authenticity underscores the story told on these pages.

Moore recently retired as the CEO of Nashville's Thomas Nelson Publishers, having taken that company on its own rags-to-riches trajectory as a formidable competitor in the competitive publishing arena (He continues as Nelson's Chairman.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on September 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I throughly enjoyed reading this book about a man who has truly lived the American Dream. This book should serve as a beacon for all those who come to this country in search of the "American Dream." I have heard Mr. Moore speak in Nashville (I am from Baton Rouge, LA) and he truly is man of GOD.
This book truly is a book of the real-life "rags-to-riches" story that we Americans so often hear. Sam Moore is a man who's only job is to glorify God and give him all thanks and that is why I think this book is a must read for all Amercians and people who want to come to this country to succeed and live the "AMERICAN DREAM!!"
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I had hoped the book could be found, since it is out of print, and it is Bible publisher Sam Moore's only autobiography - and there may not be a biography available. Amazon came through, as usual. Well-written, very positive book for business-minded people.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is nothing more than a shallow attempt at self-glorification. The CEO of Thomas Nelson writes his life story on some arrogant assumption that anyone will care, and his publishing house publishes it. Big whoop. A "celebrity biography" by a non-celebrity of no interest to anyone outside of Thomas Nelson's employees.
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