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Money Talks, Bullsh*t Walks: Inside the Contrarian Mind of Billionaire Mogul Sam Zell Hardcover – December 31, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843009
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ben Johnson first encountered Sam Zell while leading two of the real estate industry’s most respected trade publications, National Real Estate Investor and Shopping Center World. He previously directed the custom publishing division at American Airlines, ran a division of real estate researcher CoStar Group, and was the director of marketing for Wells Real Estate Funds. He lives in Plano, Texas.


More About the Author

Ben Johnson has spent the last 25+ years eating, sleeping and breathing all things commercial real estate.

Ben's rock-solid foundation is in the journalism realm, where he has extensive editorial and publishing experience. He spent nearly a decade leading two highly respected industry trade publications, National Real Estate Investor and Shopping Center World magazines.

Recently he was a Director with American Airlines Publishing, where he led the creation and production of a dozen magazines and websites in the financial services, tourism and airline industries.

Prior to his stint in the airline biz, Ben was the Publishing Director at CoStar Group, Inc., a leading provider of information services, where he managed the company's news division for 65 major markets and 100,000+ subscribers across the United States.

Unlike many professional journalists, Ben has real-world, inside-the-industry experience. He was Vice President with Phoenix-based Cole Real Estate Investments, and also Director of Real Estate Marketing for Atlanta-based Wells Real Estate Funds, where he was responsible for all media relations and marketing programs for the company's $6 billion national portfolio of more than 130 buildings. He also helped drive strategies for acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, tenant services and new business development. (Ask him about the Aon Center purchase in Chicago sometime.)

Holding a Bachelor of Journalism from the "world's greatest J-School," the University of Missouri-Columbia, is one of Ben's proudest achievements. He also holds an Associate of Arts from Missouri Southern State University.

Ben is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). His personal website is www.benwjohnson.com.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on February 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sam Zell is a memorable character who regularly spews out interesting quotes for reporters. Zell was able to create a massive business domain based on real estate before he took the fateful step of entering the media business by acquiring the Tribune Corporation.

However, this book misses the mark. While author Ben Johnson gets the details of the deals down pat, he fails to create a compelling portrait of the man himself. There is but little in this book about the private Zell, his thoughts or about his family. Johnson also fails to provide an examination of Zell's dealings and the way that he operates his businesses. Worse of all, Johnson's handling of the Tribune fiasco is poor and one wonders why he could not wait until its concluded before undertaking this book.

In sum, this book works both as a compendium of Zell's real estate transactions and as a treasury of Zell's most famous quotations. However, if you want to get past the gloss and into the substance, you have to wait for a future biographer to come along.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor Christianson on February 24, 2010
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Sam Zell has been doing deals for many decades and I'd be surprised if he hadn't done dozens of very large transactions. The book claims to be a tell-all about him - "inside the mind of Sam Zell" - yet most of the book is about just one transaction, the Tribune purchase. Pretty shortsighted examination of a major businessman.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jmk0302 on May 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read a significant amount about Sam Zell's history and his businesses, and I must say that this book misses the mark in nearly every category about Zell. Ben Johnson's writing style reminds me of a middle school student - short, descriptive sentences that really don't say anything at all. The book is filled with anecdotes and quotes that are really just fillers of space that don't provide any unique insights into Sam Zell's business philosophies. The most interesting part of the book is the first 60 pages - before the author begins the boring and relentless description of the Tribune acquisition. I've heard Zell speak multiple times, and I'm surprised he allowed this thing to get published, truly Zell should know garbage when he sees it.
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By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2013
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I gained a lot of insight into Sam Zell. Makes you want to make a deal. There is definitely a good story here.
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