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Sharing the Wealth : My Story Hardcover – April 15, 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1 edition (April 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, Sharing The Wealth: My Story by Alex Spanos is a must read, a gift to people across-the-board, no matter their station in life. I feel this book can be an inspiration to those just starting out in life, as well as a wake-up call to those millions of us who need to re-evaluate our lives, our values and our goals. A real Horatio Alger character, Alex possessed a spirit that could not be shot down by the lack of money, connections, education, or background to realize success beyond his wildest dreams. His father and mother had the same kind of spirit when they chose to leave their native Greece and to raise their family in America. His love of family, his devotion to his beautiful and soul-sustaining wife, Faye, his heritage, and his business adventures never wavered in the face of adversity. Very early on, Alex mustered up the courage to step outside the box by walking out the basement door of his father's bakery, with no job, no money and a wife with child. What Alex did have was faith, and an unshakable confidence in self, and right or wrong, he trusted his own decisions. Alex took full responsibility for his actions, taking risks and creating his own opportunities and never looked back.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By John McCormick on April 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Wow, how refreshing to read a bio on someone so smart, straight forward and real...A great true story of rags to riches. Amazing how he started out and busted his butt for everything he has today. And with all of his money and power, he still lives in the town he grew up in, has helped his hometown alot and has all of his family working with him. Very inspiring and a true all american success story that I enjoyed reading alot.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "wemowlawns" on October 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about one man's success. It's about the key events in his life and his response to them based on the best of his religious, family, and cultural values. It's a true rags to riches story and a timely reminder that there is just no substitute for the American Dream- a dream that is still alive and well for anyone with more of an eye towards opportunity rather than simply "security".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Caraher on May 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After a distinguished business career Alex Spanos shares his rags to riches story in his autobiographical Sharing the Wealth. A real life Horatio Alger story, at times it seems that the tale he tells is too good to be true.
Spanos's story begins in the depression era where he spent his youth working in his father's bakery. After coming home from WWII he went back to work for his father earning a meager but steady paycheck. He could have settled, but this was not enough for Alex Spanos. With little money in his pocket and a child and a pregnant wife he left his steady job in search of a better life. He found this better life in short order.
Starting out with the humble bologna sandwich, Spanos built a successful catering business and, for tax reasons, began to invest in real estate. Soon, this tax benefit became his main line of business. He then grew this business from regional to nationwide and along the way earned himself a fortune. Fame only came after purchasing the San Diego Chargers.
A subtle subtext runs throughout this tale. Spanos is not telling his story to brag nor is he doing so to win a Pulitzer Prize. His goal, as stated in the book's subtitle, is to share the wealth. Throughout the story he emphasizes the assets that he employed to get the job done. Reading between the lines, the message of the book is clear; success in either business or life requires strength in character.
Ultimately, the final 14 pages make this subtext explicit and these pages alone are worth the price of the book. The end result is a book that serves as an inspiration to the next generation of Horatio Algers and hopefully stirs the Horatio Alger inside all of us.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott L. Gorham on December 17, 2002
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What an incredible example of whether I think I can, or
whether I think I can't, either way I'll be right. Spanos is
a living model of how easy we have it in the good old USA.
A wonderful person and business man we can all learn something from. Thank you Mr. Spanos!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "onthemoney" on July 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a very successful man who built a great business in real estate from scratch and eventually purchased the San Diego Chargers. I'm quite sure that he has some very interesting stories to tell about his incredible journey. But the book is conspicuously void of the kind of detail that most readers are looking for. The book is just a basic summary of his career and you never really get to know his essential persona. He also spends a very long chapter detailing how he became involved in providing aid to Greece, his native country (although he never lived there). He may think that people care about such things but most people could not care less about this type of information. This chapter was ridiculously boring.
When people read these type of books, for the most part, they are looking for the details of how these people lived their business lives. They want insight into the nuts and bolts of the deals that these people were able to successfully navigate. They DO NOT care to hear about the intricate details about some charity work that you performed in your native land. Its great that you did it-just keep that to yourself. I also did not care to hear about his friendship with Bob Hope over and over (we get the picture-you and Bob Hope are friends-it's not that interesting).
This book could have been great but instead turned out to be a kind of pat himself on the back executive summary-no depth at all.
One final point: Spanos claims to hold his family at the center of his life but he seems to have been gone from home an incredible amount of time. Whether being gone for weeks on business, traveling the world playing golf, spending a great amount of time in Greece, or traveling the country with Bob Hope doing shows, he and his wife spent a lot of time apart.
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