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With Drucker's full cooperation and assistance, Beatty (an NPR commentator and Atlantic Monthly senior editor) mixes bits of previous interviews and passages from his subject's voluminous writings with personal analysis to explore the range of his always provocative views on business, government, nonprofits, and the future. Beginning with the experiences in Europe during World War I that ultimately shaped Drucker as a writer, Beatty looks into themes like fascism, freedom, decentralization, and bureaucracy while tracing the transformation of Drucker from political scientist to management theorist. In combination with other particularly interesting observations, like those on Drucker's prescient prediction of a "new world economy" and his defining conceptualization of both privatization and "knowledge workers," the book serves to whet one's appetite for a bigger helping of the master's works--many of which, fortunately, remain in print. --Howard Rothman
When I first read Peter Drucker in 1982 I was bored to tears
by a pompous man telling us the pol correct. Read more
In this superb, slim 186-page volume, the author manages to capture the quintessence of Drucker's life-work on management. Read morePublished on January 11, 2003 by BlueJay54
I enjoyed some aspects of this book, especially the concise biography of Drucker at the start, but found it a bit dull overall. Read morePublished on November 27, 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, Drucker's writings are far more impactful and persuasive that his words lose their impact even when quoted verbatim by Beatty ! Read morePublished on April 17, 2001 by Dhakshinamoorthy
I found this to be a very interesting book with delightful insights into Drucker's career. Beatty does tend to greatly favor Drucker's achievements, and rightly so. Read morePublished on September 6, 1999