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How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R. C. Willey Story Hardcover – April 21, 2009

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About the Author

Jeff Benedict is considered one of America s top investigative journalists. He has published several critically acclaimed books, and his articles have been published in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on ESPN, NBC Nightly News, CBS s 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Currently, Jeff teaches creative writing at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their four children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606410415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606410417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Danielle R. Smith on May 7, 2009
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I recently finished reading "How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story." I was so impressed with the book that I am purchasing copies for each of my children and for many of my friends. It was both informative and inspirational. As one who has been involved in higher level management for many years -- I am currently serving as a college president -- the book comes to mind almost daily and reminds me of the importance of integrity and the value of customers (in our case, students). In fact, I am using the portions regarding customer relations as the basis for some training that we are doing in that area. I am blessed to know Mr. Child and Mr. Benedict and this book is the real thing -- it was a quick but inspiring read.
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A very interesting story of a man who started out taking over a business to take care of his family, a commitment to "the right thing to do" that laid the foundation of his business. Short read. Interesting to read about persistence and diligence during smooth patches and setbacks. It sort of restores your confidence that honesty and hard work really will get you ahead.
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Nice little book about a man building a business in Utah, selling applicances and then furniture, retail. Sells it to Buffett. This is not RIVETING stuff, but helpful in reminding one about the simple pleasures of life- like hard work, following through on promises, etc. It was not easy to build the business, and nothing worthwhile is ever that easy. Don't suspect this will ever be a bestseller, but it was enjoyable.
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This was a good narrative. Being from Utah and growing up shopping at R.C. Willey it was interesting how the company started and how it came to be what it is. The business aspect of it if you are looking at a step by step instruction this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you want to learn general business practices and thinking out of the box a bit this is the book for you. If you are looking for direct business principals or philosophies, it is all summed up in the “afterword” it gives you a list of things that you can do.
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The sound management principles that are prevalent throughout this book are an excellent guide for any type of supervisor or leader. I found it easy to follow, written as a story rather than a management text book or manual.

I would recommend this book to anyone, whether in leadership or not. It is uplifting and optimistic, and encourages the reader to live to his/her fullest potential.
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Great book about business men with strong personal character. Examples of such men and women are hard to come by these days. It is refreshing to see examples of such people who have been wildly successful people because of their moral character.
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Very nice story of sticking to your values. The book is short on real substance as far as advice goes. Most of that can be found over about six to eight pages. I was, quite frankly, disappointed. This is more of a biography than anything else. Nice story. Just a bit misleading in the title.How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R. C. Willey Story
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I loved this book and actually finished it to the end in less than 48 hours! (That's quite a feat for a mom of 3 kids under 5 and COO of a small hotel) It's easy to read and contains countless wonderful nuggets of advice and wisdom. This is a great addition to any library and a wonderful gift for anyone who is a budding entrepreneur.
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