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Sam Walton: Made In America Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1993
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From Library Journal
The late Sam Walton was one of the shrewdest and richest merchants in America. Centered on the building of his Wal-Mart empire, his book, like fellow magnate Sandra Kurtzig's CEO: Building a $400 Million Company from Ground Up ( LJ 5/1/91), is light on biography. However, readers will enjoy the folksy narrative of the small-town millionaire who revolutionized retail distribution. Walton also addresses accusations against him, such as running the competition out of town. Coauthor Huey does a fine job of incorporating candid testimonials from family members and associates, who thought Walton's ideas were sometimes silly. Shortly after Walton's death, the book was given an overly sentimental postscript (a minor detraction) and rushed into print. Highly recommended for public and academic business collections.
- Rebecca A. Smith, Harvard Business Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[A] wise and inspiring autobiography--Walton tells his quietly fantastic story with conviction and makes no bones about his mistakes."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it's a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don't, and about sticking to your guns."
-- Sam Walton
"Here is an extraordinary success story about a man whose empire was built not with smoke and mirrors, but with good old-fashioned elbow grease."
-- Detroit Free Press
"A sure-fire all-American success story."
-- The New York Times Book Review
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It is clear from the story that Sam was more focused on retailing than nearly anyone in history, but he is also honest and forthcoming that most of the ideas that made Wal-Mart were borrowed from other organizations. Even so the book is written by a man who loves Walmart and thus treats most controversial topics in a way that is favorable to Walmart. Interestingly it talks about the "Buy American" campaign and even hints at Mr. Walton's struggle to adhere to the policy when better quality and price (the two things he is intently focused on giving consumers) are being delivered from over seas vendors.
The title 'Made In America' is more applicable to the Walmart organization itself than it is to the goods sold in their stores. Constant talk of small town values and their help in the Walmart growth strategy cement this thought. Even to this day the ideas of merchandising that Sam pushes are visible in their stores and the mind-set of the Walmart buyers.
A great read for anyone in the retail industry or those interested in strategic corporate growth and culture.
This book was fun to read. Sam didn't want to write it at all, but John Huey won him over just in time. This book was written while Sam was on his death bed.
Sam Walton: Made In America is written in a way that it feels like Sam Walton is sitting in front of you, telling you everything that happened in his life.
The first two chapters, "Learning to Value a Dollar" and "Starting on a Dime," were great. Since reading them, I have picked up every coin I have seen laying around. At the end of the second chapter, Sam tells you about his Ben Franklin store that was making $250,000 in sales a year, with $30,000 t0 $40,000 of it being profit. After 5 years, his lease was up, and his landlord would not renew it for any price. He bought the store from Sam Walton, and Sam had to completely restart.
I think that most people would have given up in that situation. Working hard and smart for five years to build the best Ben Franklin in the region just to lose it would be tough, but Sam didn't let it stop him. Every one of the biographies I've read has that in common. Sam Walton, Jeff Bezos, Tim Tebow, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Conrad Hilton, Jerry Weintraub, etc., all faced challenges that were a lot bigger than most people ever do, and they all overcame these challenges and became extremely successful.
After he talks about his first setback, there are 300 more pages to read if you buy the paperback version for only $6.
While Sam's book taught me how he became successful with Walmart, I learned something even more important from reading it. He taught me the importance of staying humble:
"I still can't believe it was news that I get my haircut at the barber shop. Where else would I get my haircut? Why do I drive a pickup truck? What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls-Royce?" -Sam Walton
At the end of the book, Sam gives a list of 10 rules that helped him become successful. To learn how Sam Walton overcame adversity, how he built Walmart, the value of being humble, and to read his list, buy Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton with John Huey.
This review was originally posted on my website where I write book reviews over biographies, classics, and inspiring nonfiction.
Sam Walton, one of America's greatest business men.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome Fellow. Everyone age 25-40 should Read it!
Dislikes - Could have been less quoted from co- workers / vendors / employees to illustrate points