- Hardcover: 266 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; First Printing edition (2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471326046
- ISBN-13: 978-0471326045
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rebel with a Cause: The Entrepreneur Who Created the University of Phoenix and the For-Profit Revolution in Higher Education Hardcover – 2000
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Some parts of his life get rather detailed (like his childhood sickness and early schooling) and could be interesting. His tone makes me think of someone on a pulpit trying to get me to acknowledge his past. I would not question the effects of his past if he didn't fly through other parts of it (all the quick affairs/relationships/friendships) which he mentions. His son is part of his company, so I was puzzled to see that there was little mention of him.
Given the sections that Sperling highlights for us, am I supposed to be awed by the rough start and many love affairs? Am I to be astounded by his success because of this?
I personally liked the history of the University of Phoenix. He does go into great detail on the political and legal wrangling with the accrediting board. He touches on the help from some people, but will then mention later that the person no longer had the "fire" and was let go from the company. It sounds like the university is his quest and he will not let marriage or friendship get in the way.
In the last sections of the book, Sperling talks about other projects he is passionate about. How did he decide to cover these? The Kronos Group took me by surprise. I saw no mention of this in the book until the very end. I have the feeling that the publishers were trying to make the book longer, so they just added some other thoughts in there. It does make for a very coherent picture of Sperling.Read more ›
1)A biography of John Sperling, the founder of University of Phoenix.
2)A documentary of the creation and growth of UOP.
3)An attempt to persuade the reader to support his "causes."
On the whole, each is a miserable failure and a real chore to endure. It is a chore not only from the obviously biased and overly detailed material, but also from the way it is written. It reads with the eloquence of a junior high term paper of "what I did on my summer vacation." Throughout the book he writes, "Unfortunately this..." followed by "fortunately that..." If you were given a five-cent discount for each time either one of these words were used, the book would be free.
The first theme of profiling John Sperling read more like a trashy novel than a biography of a leader. It details his sorted affairs, misdealings, and blatant disregard for anyone but himself. It shows a major diversion from the usual theme of business books where ethics is very important and that it is important to support your fellow human being. The portrait he paints of himself is one uncaring of other people personally or professionally. He demonstrates a pompous attitude in the extreme where he is simply "above" speaking to his family or marrying "his one true love." I simply do not get his point. Does he want us to hate him? Is he trying to say all leaders are scumbags like him?
The book's historical look of the creation and growth of the University of Phoenix was one of its few redeeming qualities. It details the life of the company and its long up-hill battle overcoming resistance from the existing university structure, accreditation boards, and politicians.Read more ›
Sperling, who began his career at 53 years of age, is now a member of the Forbes 400-richest, and a true latecomer (and self-made man) to entreprenurial success,. Per usual, he exemplifies the adage that change only comes to an industry from the outside. And thus, he began on a shoe string and succeeded because academia, then and today, remains bloated with unnessessary costs while ignorant and unconcerned with the outcomes of its graduates.
While the Univ of Phoenix has grown mightily, students at traditional colleges are going broke on ever higher tuition rates and concommitantly increasing student loans while professors continue to jack up their annual salaries and benefits far beyond the annual CPI index increases. Of note is that such increases have closely paralleled the explosion in Title-IV government loan appropriations to the point where state governments and the U.S. Congress are jointly searching for new ways to control these out-of-control expenditures.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The university of Phoenix worked great for me and most in our area. You get out of the school exactly what you put into it. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Broncofan
If you are in your forties and have not yet been wildly successful, take heart. John Sperling, once an unhappy 52 year old Cambridge-educated history professor with $26,000 in... Read morePublished on January 2, 2003 by Max More
"Rebel With A Cause," by Dr. John G. Sperling, is part memoir, part social critique, and part business history. Read morePublished on February 13, 2001
Not the first to have grown up poor or the child of a lazy, abusive father, the difference in Sperling's story is that he acquired two things most do not: A desire to understand... Read morePublished on February 3, 2001 by Griffin Lewis
I was really let down. This book struck me as a book written by a kid who is mad at the world. His priority shows to be nothing but money and yet he still seems like he is trying... Read morePublished on December 27, 2000