- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: Eakin Press; 1st edition (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571687475
- ISBN-13: 978-1571687470
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Golden Boy: The Harold Simmons Story Hardcover – April, 2003
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In general, the book is excellent, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this genre of book. It is a very good description of how Mr. Simmons got to where he is...
BUT, after getting through half the book, red flags began to appear when it became clear that the author is very hesitant to say anything even remotely negative about his subject. To take it as face value, Mr. Simmons was a perfect husband (despite having his first two wives walk out on him), a perfect father (who's daughters inexplicably attemped to sue him) and a perfect leader and boss. Perhaps this is all exactly as stated, but the author would be more believable if he tried to get a little of the other side of these issues and balance the perspective somewhat. I cannot recall one negative thing said about this man.
I'm not one who is interested in "expose" style books that dig up a bunch of dirt on someone, however it is important to characterize your subject as human. We all have flaws, and it seems strange that these are never addressed. This one-sided take makes one a little skeptical about perspectives taken in other parts of the book (such as his wonderful treatment of existing management in companies Contran acquired).
Still, reservations aside, this is well worth the read.
It goes without saying that Harold Simmons is a business genius. A look at his biography can be enlightening for anyone looking for some tips about empire building. I learned that business acumen needs an understanding of economics, accounting, securities analysis, business law, management, and strong communication skills, along with networking. More fundamentally, a willingness to take risks, lots of self-confidence, and big thinking are necessary in spades. For Harold Simmons, another key was not letting success go to his head.
I recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story and history of a Dallas Legend and pioneer of LBO's before its time.Published 9 months ago by S. Hutto
Interesting book. But keep it in perspective. This is the same person that financed the swift-boat ads and the new smears against Obama. Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by C. R. Duckworth
Fantastic success story of a true visionary. Good linkage w/other Texas Titans, James J. Ling LTV Corp. I bet Henry Kravis and Ron Perlman both read it. Read morePublished on March 5, 2007 by Doug Rink
I thought I would write a review where I don't automatically give the book 5 stars like all of the other reviewers. Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by John Chu
THE MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF LEGENDARY BUSINESS TYCOON HAROLD SIMMONS ARE CHRONICLED IN "GOLDEN BOY: THE HAROLD SIMMONS STORY. Read morePublished on February 22, 2005 by RICHARD SANDLER
I was so inspired by this great biography of self-made billionaire industrialist Harold Simmons, that I finally got up the courage to quit my underpaid/overworked job and go into... Read morePublished on February 7, 2005 by Steve Emerson