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Man At a Machine-by Stef Wertheimer- Hebrew/israeli Literature (Hebrew) Hardcover – 2011

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: yediot sfarim (2011)
  • Language: Hebrew
  • ASIN: B00641DQDM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,695,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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).

Moshe Gerstenhaber
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