- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Bookworld Services; First Edition edition (February 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565302990
- ISBN-13: 978-1565302990
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taco Titan: The Glen Bell Story Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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And few people outside the Hispanic community knew what a taco was. "I'll have two TAKE-OHS, please." Clearly, this was a concept ahead of its time. Most men would have quit, but Taco Bell's founder refused to abandon his dream. With grit and determination, he made himself and those who shared his vision millionaires, and turned his little walk-up restaurant concept into one of the most popular brand names in America.
This is the story of Glen W. Bell, Jr.
As a young man, Glen had no money. During the '30s, he rode the rails and went door to door in search of honest work and a hard-earned dollar.
From these hardscrabble root grew the passion and desire of a tireless entrepreneur. A man who understood the customer and worked day and night to build a business backed by little more than the proceeds from the sale of a used refrigerator. A man who poured his own concrete and fried his own tortillas. The business grew, in part because the food was good and different and priced right. But in largest part because Glen--in his quiet, confident manner--had a way of attracting a breed of people who understood his vision. As a result, he helped employees, managers and franchisees carve out their own pieces of the American dream.Read more ›
In Taco Titan, Baldwin through a mix of research, interviews with friends, family and Bell himself pieces together the Taco Titan's life, from early childhood living in near-poverty to the rise of Taco Bell and culminating with the establishment of Bell Gardens. Baldwin clearly has great admiration for Bell, and she certainly hits upon all of the key points in his (and Taco Bell's) life. The book is well written, easy to read, and the occasional use of suspense and foreshadowing makes it hard to put down.
Unfortunately, the entire story is presented as seen through rose-colored glasses. The book is a combination of biography and autobiography in the worst way. In an autobiography, the subject, reflecting on his or her life generally is somewhat introspective and points out things that they wish they had done differentially. In a biography, the biographer points out both the subject's success and failings. From reading this book, one would get the idea that everything in Bell's life simply fell into place. It mentions not one mistake nor any regrets on the part of Bell. Moreover the "recipes for success" at the end of each chapter seem to suggest that each experience was not only perfect, but a standard to be emulated. A number things that one might perceive as set backs are presented (such as when Bell, during his divorce, "gives" his entire net worth to his wife) but they are glossed over, and generally presented as a choice Bell made, not a product of circumstance.
Since this is the only book on Taco Bell, if you want to know about the company and its founder, it is the book to buy. Just don't expect to learn much more than a timeline of Bell's life from it.
From reading Glen Bell's story I discovered a lot of trivia about the taco business, like Glen Bell's invention of the taco ;)
But more importantly I took away five guiding points for my life and more importantly for my business.
1. Stay ultimately focused on your vision.
2. Keep expanding on your vision, as you grow so should it.
3. Don't be afraid to scream from the rooftops by promoting your business big.
4. Never let a little thing like money get in your way.
5. Those that can't see your vision, needn't be in your vision.
Great book for entrepreneurs who think they have it bad and can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, its there, Glen Bell proves it.
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Great book on American business. One to keep in your personal library.Published 3 months ago by dana robinson
Very interesting. I grew up in Southern Calif and I remembered many of the early restaurants mentionedPublished 4 months ago by Richard P.
This novel is a masterpiece of both literature and art. Never has reading and learning about the origin of the Tacobell Empire been so moving. Tears were shed. Would reccomend.Published 9 months ago by holly
Many of you were hoping for a more bare-bones story about Glen Bell and how he made it. I knew him personally. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Natasha_Jax
My son is now a senior exec in a Taco Bell Chain so this was a great gift for him.Published on February 10, 2013 by Siri Sholten
Compelling and well written story of a man who started in poverty and made his fortune providing the world with affordable quality tacos.Published on February 23, 2010 by Richard Kazan
In the summer of 1957 I expected to begin my third semester at Pasadena City College in the fall. When my wife announced she was pregnant, I decided to get a job to supplement my G... Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by N. Hopkins
Glen Bell was a man trying to make his way in the fast food industry and was having no luck until he decided to abandon the hamburger route and start making Taco's. Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by Lehigh History Student
This is much more than a book about a business. It's the story of a likeable man whose remarkable success parallels that of American capitalism during the 20th century. Read morePublished on January 5, 2003