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ROBERT GILMORE LETOURNEAU (1888-1969) rose to eminence in the competitive world of manufacturing and construction. Although his competitors thought him insane, history has proved that his inventive genius was decades ahead of its time. Mr. LeTourneau is known as the man who gave 90 percent of his income to Christian causes around the world. His combination of enterprise and Christian commitment led to his sponsoring many works involving missions and education, including LeTourneau College, a Christian liberal arts and technical school in Longview, Texas. Mr. LeTourneau is author of Mover of Men and Mountains.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (June 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802438180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802438188
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, and its subject, were of particular interest to me as my own father worked for Mr. LeTourneau in the late 1950s and early '60s. My dad had so many wonderful things to say about what a pleasure it was to work for Mr. LeTourneau, I had to read this book for myself to find out what it was that made him so well-liked by his employees, which is quite a feat in our day and time.
I was impressed with Mr. LeTourneau's honesty and humility about his own shortcomings, about the mistakes he made (and how he learned from them what NOT to do the next time), his ingenuity, his imagination and vision, and his willingness to live on very little in order to accomplish his goals. I was even more impressed with the way he kept his priorities in order, attended church regularly and took part in its leadership, included his wife as a valued partner in his life, and also his children as they grew older.
I would recommend this book to anyone; even my reluctant 13-year-old reader (a son) thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were times that I got bogged down in some of Mr. LeTourneau's descriptions of the machines he invented, but my son enjoyed it all. One of the things that really struck me about Mr. LeTourneau's life was that he was born just before the turn of the twentieth century, yet he was always on the cutting edge of technology -- a real innovator. Kudos to his memory!
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I grew up in the shadow of this great man. I worked in the R.G. LeTourneau archives one summer as a teenager. Living in Longview, TX, I had the chance to be around his family and friends after his death in 1969. I read this book after my parents gave me a copy and learned much about his way of life and his inspiration. This is a man committed to God, his family, his country and to getting a job done. He had a sense of humility and pride that is not seen in this world today. His humility in that he never put himself first. His pride in that he always wanted the biggest, fastest and best. The only man I know of that drove a VW beatle to the airport to ride in his Lear Jet.
Much of what he built and what he stands for is not politically correct today. He was an industrialist making big heavy equipment. He invented machines that tore down juggles, cut down mountains, drilled for oil in the gulf. But the fact is that the America we know today would not be possible without him. We would still be using mules and the backs of thousands of workers to build roads if he never lived. His Christain stance is legendary. His giving was beyond what most people think is possible. He proves that it is possible. I have since met two other men who claim to match R.G.'s giving level. Both very prosperous.
The line that I took from the book that I often quote when I am addressing people on success is, "America is the most prosperous nation because it is the most productive nation. If it ever ceases to be the most productive, it will cease to be the most prosperous."
If you are looking for other books that mention R.G LeTourneau, then I have found him in two success books that were written in the sixties. J. Paul Getty's "How to Rich" and there is a facinating first hand story of him in Napoleon Hill's "Master Key to Riches"
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I have an MBA with a distinction, was a consultant with a Big 6 firm, and even lectured in business at a university. However, it was the results seen in this book on R.G. LeTourneau's life combined with my experiences of working with entrepreneurs who trusted and focussed on God and the truly astound effects it had on their businesses and lives, that has made me realise that as humans we are really nothing. Even during the Great Depression, LeTourneau's business survived!! This book is a mind blower - it shows that 1 + God = a majority.
Also try Stanley Tam's "God Owns my Business"
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This was one fantastic book that I could hardly put down. It is a great story of a man with dreams that were larger then life. He always said there are no big jobs, only small machines. Mr. LeTourneau had the capacity to envision larger and larger machines to make man more productive.

This book is 290 pages short with 26 untitled chapters which cover most of Mr. LeTourneau's life. From his childhood and quiting school in the 7th grade to his struggles and almost bankruptcy, he does a great job at unfolding his life the way it happened. He tells of how his business grew during the depression and of the great success he had in creating machines to do a job that none had done before. He was laughed at by people who couldn't see the value in some of his gigantic creations which were ahead of their time. But he didn't allow other people's negativity stop him from accomplishing his goal of benefiting man by making him far more productive then he would have been otherwise.

He talks about his relationship with God and how he believed that God was with him to protect him and help him to succeed. LeTourneau lived his beliefs by helping others and starting a school called LeTourneau Collage. He had given 90% of his stock in his business to a foundation he started for the benefit of others. He is not overpowering with this but just lets his beliefs take a natural course through the book.

Overall I think anyone would really enjoy this book. It really was one of the more interesting biographies I have read. His life again proves that it doesn't matter what kind of education you have or where you are financially, the only thing that can stop you from fulfilling your dreams is yourself!
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