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Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer is an autobiography of the Israeli industrialist. My father has always admired Mr. Wertheimer, unfortunately he did not live long enough to read this book which I'm sure he would have loved.
Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer is more than just a biography, it is an important document of what can be achieved with dedication and creativity. Mr. Wertheimer came to Israel as a boy after his family escaped Germany during the 1930's and has became a successful entrepreneur and statesman.
The self-made man, who built his first business with his own two hands believing in himself and his foresight, is not only one of the captains of Israeli industry but also a posses a unique ideology. Mr. Wertheimer's views were shaped and solidified by his parents, who accurately forecasted Europe's turmoil and managed to get out in 1936, when Stef was 10 years old. To this day, in his mid to late 80' Mr.Wertheimer holds dear to his ideals. He doesn't believe in the stock market and hence none of his very profitable companies do not participate.
As an immigrant, Mr.Wertheimer suffered cruel treatment from the Sabres (those born in Israel) in his childhood and even afterwards. This type of arrogance even continued to his professional career when his products were not bought by Israel's security industry despite their superior quality until he made a name for himself overseas. When the Israeli government started shutting down trade schools, Mr.Wertheimer did the opposite and very successfully raised a system of trade schools which not only gave hope to kids who aren't school material, but got Mr.Wertheimer very dedicated, professional and loyal workers.
This book is an important document on at least two levels: it details the marvellous creativity and endless dedication, as well as, the phenomenal economic success of Stef Wertheimer and his family. None of the defunct stock market speculative life for this family. At the same time Mr. Wertheimer is making a very strong case for a new model of real economic activity. Mr. Wertheimer has created (single-handedly in the early years) a large, world-class, sophisticated manufacturing enterprise: an activity which is said to account for some 10% of the total export business of the economy of the State of Israel. Stef Wertheimer is puzzled (and very frustrated) by the persistent neglect which politicians (of all walks of life) apply to the long-term opportunity which quality technical education and long-term commitment to technical excellence would offer the citizenship and the State. Stef Wertheimer comes across as a practical, determined, hard- working, creative and ambitious leader of his company. It is a great shame that the west is currently offering so many low quality, low definition educational courses which in effect consign the individual to low level earnings or unemployment. I recommend that politicians decide to guide our young people to the kind of high quality manufacturing practised by Mr. Wertheimer and his enterprise. This book should be bedside reading for all politicians and entrepreneurs (budding and practising alike).
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