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Very good - especially with Wal Mart now taking heat,
This review is from: Sam Walton: Made In America (Mass Market Paperback)
First off, this is a very strong story of a man and a business. Walton does a nice job of telling a clear, concise story about how he built the business of Wal Mart. It's very enlightening to hear him admit with pride that he invented very few of the ideas that made the store such a success, instead borrowing the best ideas from every store he visited (and he visited a lot).
Secondly, this book contains a valuable example of how capitalism forces the evolution - for better or worse - of industries. Walton takes the reader from the days of the small-town five and dime all the way through the mega Wal Marts of today. It's a valuable read for anyone interested in business.
Third, reading "Made in America" provides the reader with some important context for considering all of the attacks on Wal Mart in the popular press. You get to see that Wal Mart was built with really good intentions and that even though not everything born of Wal Mart's rise to dominance is an unmitigated good, it has done a lot of positive things for American consumers. That's really valuable because Wal Mart has become a bit of an unequivocal evil in the modern press and that simply isn't an even-handed treatment of the subject.
Highly recommended for those who would like to understand the motivations behind Wal Mart being what it is today and a great business story to boot.
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Initial post: Jun 7, 2011 6:13:38 PM PDT
Victoria M. Wall says:
1979 January 5 I hired my first employee - as things moved along I realized I was in 'business' . . . so I started reading and attended business things to get a grip. Of all my reading in these decades - two best business books I share with anyone and everyone interested in business is this book and the one and only book on Roy Disney (Walt's big brother). These two are the most powerful business read YTD in my view.
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