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Bloomberg by Bloomberg Paperback – August 27, 2001
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really a good read! This book gives insight into how Mr. Bloomberg thinks and problem solves. It's especially interesting because he covers his personal life and the creation of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynniemj
Great book. Only complaint is when he goes off topic talking about Bloomberg.Published 2 months ago by amazon234
Great guy, but could have got the same information for free online....Published 4 months ago by David Milkes
Fascinating book about the origins, and mid life of one of the greatest enterprises ever undertaken. Geek does good, and changes 3 or 4 industries in the process. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Beyda
Not much content for the book. Most of the time its repetitive. The first part was pretty good at explaining his own transition. The second half was just self boasting and shallow. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Conrad Ko
A gift for a college student studying financing and securities.Published 10 months ago by Elaine C Beck
I consider Bloomberg, a company which is always on top of everything, it is without a doubt the most important source of business news and information. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jorge Aquije