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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471208884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471208884
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Members of the world's financial communities are increasingly securing the information that drives them from Michael Bloomberg. His specialized media--including manipulable online data feeds, a global newswire, and extensive magazine and broadcast outlets--have turned the business of business news upside down. Along the way, he's made a substantial fortune and a significant name for himself. In Bloomberg by Bloomberg, he reveals (with help from colleague Matthew Winkler) how it all came to be. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Media moguls are hard to like. Rupert Murdoch may be a visionary, but would you want to work for him? Ted Turner may be a risk taker, but aren't you glad he didn't take over CBS? So it's an achievement that Michael Bloomberg has written an instructive and engaging autobiography. -- The New York Times Book Review, William C. Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It wasn't boring, but it didn't knock my socks off.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Van Wagner on February 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Don't be deceived by the modest size of this self-made billionaire's autobiography. As if cramped by the limitations of the book's length, Michael Bloomberg's ego assaults the reader like an over-zealous vacuum cleaner salesman, pushing his ideas on life, work and excellence with all the energy that scores of superlatives can summon. Funny, then, that in many places the story comes off as a crashing bore.
"Bloomberg by Bloomberg" is ultimately redeemed by the compelling nature of the tale. More than anything the spectacular success of Bloomberg, L.P. highlighted the extent of the information technology revolution and the resultant productivity gains that transformed global industry. There's no question that Michael Bloomberg saw these changes coming, and in harnessing them created a company whose reputation for excellence, innovation, and customer orientation set a standard unmatched by any information services company before or since.
The author's pride in Bloomberg, L.P. suffuses the book, and he focuses so much loving attention on its birth and propsperity that at times this seems more like the story of a company than a man. The two are clearly of one soul. But at times it's easy to forget that this is the story of an extraordinary character and not an addendum to "In Search of Excellence".
This life story is one in which the input of outsiders would add tremendous insight. When Bloomberg discusses his dealings with his Harvard Business classmates, his trading buddies at Salomon Bros., or his employees at Bloomberg, it's easy to wish for their side of the story. As it is, the only hint we get of humility or insecurity from Bloomberg himself is his incessant reminder of the fact that he had been fired from Salomon Bros.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Michael is clearly a hard driving CEO that has built an outstanding business. It is a great story and the building and history of Bloomberg is tremendous reading. The second half gets tiring fast; all entreprenuers have big egos, and his gets in the way as he dishes out advice on everything from education to family. Read the first half, skim the second.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bunson Honeydew VINE VOICE on March 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I do not like Michael Bloomberg's politics, but I respect him as a business leader. His information terminal has revolutionized the financial services industry, and it is always nice to see an American success story.
I bought my book at a discount place, and I am glad I did. It wasn't boring, but it didn't knock my socks off.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John O'marra on September 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge Mike Bloomberg fan, and really enjoyed the autobiographical parts of this novel and the story of his company's genesis. The generic computer stuff I could have done without, also the story didn't really flow and was a bit choppy. Overall a good, quick easy read. But I definitely could've used some more Bloomberg, Mike that is.

Unfortunately there is surprisingly very little written about this great man.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "chispy" on November 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Although Mike Bloomberg considers himself a remarkable Liar's Poker-esque character his autobigraphy is more Charlie Brown than Gordon Gecko. Egomaniacal though he may be (perhaps a necessity for the level of success he has achieved) his book espouses the merits of perserverance, hard work, and big cajones. The first time I met Mike Bloomberg, a young person at the lunch we were attending asked him what was the best strategy a young person could employ to be successful at his firm. His paraphrased response, "Get to work earlier than anybody else, stay later than everyone, and get the most good stuff done in between."
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By markbearn@aol.com on November 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
The most arrogant, pompous, self-important autobiography I've ever read. Mike Bloomberg makes Barbara Cartland seem as modest as Ophelia and as talented as Shakespeare. Sloppily written, utterly devoid of irony or self-perception, it is the sort of book one might expecta Harvard MBA to write. The man, as anyone who has visited the US will know, is a rampant egomaniac, who would probably like to plaster his name across Heaven - and this book shows why. But but but... it is a gripping and exciting story, and Bloomberg's energy, vision, and commitment are passionately communicated - his gradual destruction of Reuters and his building of a global media empire from scratch is a great yarn and he tells it well. His ideas on entrepreneurship and capitalism are less original than he might think, but the book is full of thoughts and ideas about being in business - it certainly stimulated me. Read it, if you have any interest in the media or in business - but with a pinch of salt please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Mike Bloomberg's position at a major investment firm was "discontinued" and was given a payout of $10 million. Instead of sitting back, he looked around, saw what was missing in the investment field and started a multi-million dollar hi-tech news and financial service. His rapid growth his artfully told in this fascinating book. It's not great literature. It lacks the humility and grace of Katherine Graham's biography, but it's informative and a good read for entrepreneurs
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Mackler on November 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
mike bloomberg, as revealed in this book: charmingly pompous billionaire from the working class, insightful egomaniac riddled with perseverance, brilliant workaholic (say that three times), meticulously non-self-revealing innovator, daring, honest and clear-thinking leader, philosophical bigshot and braggart, supremely confident head of the heap...and whoppingly narcissistic!
as a book, well, this one has its pluses and minuses. it reveals a lot about mike bloomberg the man, perhaps more than he intended - primarily his overarching business ambition, which seems to blot out most other areas of his life, including his family life. he seems not to think this is a problem, and paints a convincing portrait of himself as the happiest man alive. i wonder if his wife and kids would agree.
beyond his world of business and his business history, however, this book is shallow, and tells little or nothing about his personal life (does he even have one? - he may not!) and his personal past (was it really all so picture perfect?! - i doubt it!). and his few lines devoted to divorcing his wife - how they just *drifted apart* - yeah right! he probably devoted two paragraphs of the whole book to her... i'd be curious to hear her side of it.
as for a history of his growth as a businessman, however, this book is generally excellent - rich and insightful. it does get overly and annoyingly technical at points (offering the lay reader the choice between getting a headache and skimming), and goes on WAY too long at other points (skim on!) - both suggesting that he's out of touch with a mass audience.
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