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The late Sam Walton was one of the shrewdest and richest merchants in America. Centered on the building of his Wal-Mart empire, his book, like fellow magnate Sandra Kurtzig's CEO: Building a $400 Million Company from Ground Up ( LJ 5/1/91), is light on biography. However, readers will enjoy the folksy narrative of the small-town millionaire who revolutionized retail distribution. Walton also addresses accusations against him, such as running the competition out of town. Coauthor Huey does a fine job of incorporating candid testimonials from family members and associates, who thought Walton's ideas were sometimes silly. Shortly after Walton's death, the book was given an overly sentimental postscript (a minor detraction) and rushed into print. Highly recommended for public and academic business collections.
- Rebecca A. Smith, Harvard Business Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[A] wise and inspiring autobiography--Walton tells his quietly fantastic story with conviction and makes no bones about his mistakes."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it's a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don't, and about sticking to your guns."
-- Sam Walton
"Here is an extraordinary success story about a man whose empire was built not with smoke and mirrors, but with good old-fashioned elbow grease."
-- Detroit Free Press
"A sure-fire all-American success story."
-- The New York Times Book Review
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in being an entrepreneur or in business management. Also to anyone in retail.Published 1 day ago by slimskyhopper
I really enjoyed this book.
It was down to earth and full of good advice.
I am not American but if I was then Sam Walton would be the sort of man who would make me proud... Read more
Good solid business approaches every entrepreuner and business owner should learn and implement.Published 3 days ago by Jeff
A lot of ways to deal with competition and how to win customers that you can't learn in school. Also there are letters from people that knew Sam and you see alternate points of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jonathan Garcia
Learning from the greatest entrepreneur in modern history. Just because the writing is simple (as were his ways) theres still a lot of good knowledge in here.Published 10 days ago by Luis D Gomez
Great book written by an ingenious man who revolutionized the way retail stores sold their wares in the United States. Highly recommend this as a read.Published 10 days ago by Eric
An amazing book, capturing the essence of true leadership - servant leadership. An absolute must for anyone who would call themselves a leader. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Thabo