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Seven business innovators and the empires they built. The pre-eminent business historian of our time, Richard S. Tedlow, examines seven great CEOs who successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires. With the depth and clarity of a master, Tedlow illuminates the minds, lives and strategies behind the legendary successes of our times: . Georg Seven business innovators and the empires they built. The pre-eminent business historian of our time, Richard S. Tedlow, examines seven great CEOs who successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires. With the depth and clarity of a master, Tedlow illuminates the minds, lives and strategies behind the legendary successes of our times: . George Eastman and his invention of the Kodak camera; . Thomas Watson of IBM; . Henry Ford and his automobile; . Charles Revson and his use of television advertising to drive massive sales for Revlon; . Robert N. Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and founder of Intel; . Andrew Carnegie and his steel empire; . Sam Walton and his unprecedented retail machine, Wal-Mart.


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Seven business innovators and the empires they built. The pre-eminent business historian of our time, Richard S. Tedlow, examines seven great CEOs who successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires. With the depth and clarity of a master, Tedlow illuminates the minds, lives and strategies behind the legendary successes of our times: . Georg Seven business innovators and the empires they built. The pre-eminent business historian of our time, Richard S. Tedlow, examines seven great CEOs who successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires. With the depth and clarity of a master, Tedlow illuminates the minds, lives and strategies behind the legendary successes of our times: . George Eastman and his invention of the Kodak camera; . Thomas Watson of IBM; . Henry Ford and his automobile; . Charles Revson and his use of television advertising to drive massive sales for Revlon; . Robert N. Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and founder of Intel; . Andrew Carnegie and his steel empire; . Sam Walton and his unprecedented retail machine, Wal-Mart.

30 review for Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kent

    These are fascinating stories to me of business success against severe challenges. The individuals chosen exhibited similar drive, strengths and faults.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The book is a collection of biopics of seven of the greatest visionaries who transformed American industry and/or retail, these being Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate), George Eastman (Kodak), Henry Ford (Ford Motors), Thomas J Watson Senior (IBM), Charles Revson (Revlon), Sam Walton (Walmart) and Robert Noyce (Intel & inventor of the silicon chip). The author argues, quite convincingly, that most people 'march backward into the future' whereas these innovators either adapted to or created a whole The book is a collection of biopics of seven of the greatest visionaries who transformed American industry and/or retail, these being Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate), George Eastman (Kodak), Henry Ford (Ford Motors), Thomas J Watson Senior (IBM), Charles Revson (Revlon), Sam Walton (Walmart) and Robert Noyce (Intel & inventor of the silicon chip). The author argues, quite convincingly, that most people 'march backward into the future' whereas these innovators either adapted to or created a whole new future, for example Revson and his use of the new medium of television to create a brand identity and loyalty or Eastman who set out to create a camera at a price that could be affordable to everyone and not just a select few, thus creating an enormous market for both the camera itself and for the follow-up developing services. I found these biopics interesting, informative and intriguing: the latter because many of these inventions or developments appeared to come as a result of coincidence, chance or at great risk, which may or may not have paid off - how different a world we would be in now if these visionaries had not seen their dreams come to fruition! 8.5/10

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Neumann

    I read more than half of it over Christmas, when I had time. I loved the perspective: 7 Americans who changed industries, and therefore America and then world. It's honest as to why it's all White men: they had the privileged access in those times and places. It examines their innovation as uniquely American and analyzes how their business decisions were reflections of their personal backgrounds. Very enlightening. It can be uneven in its style sometimes, especially as the author at the end trie I read more than half of it over Christmas, when I had time. I loved the perspective: 7 Americans who changed industries, and therefore America and then world. It's honest as to why it's all White men: they had the privileged access in those times and places. It examines their innovation as uniquely American and analyzes how their business decisions were reflections of their personal backgrounds. Very enlightening. It can be uneven in its style sometimes, especially as the author at the end tries to espouse a "the rich are different" perspective at the very end of the book, which makes it remarkably incongruous.

  4. 5 out of 5

    CarlyKay

    Pretty interesting read. Sheds light on Tota.software the businesses world. . Good. I guess I would recommend to others. Pretty interesting history of some of the USAs most influential people ever.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rohit Nallapeta

    It's a mixed bag biopic. Some stories were researched well and had a great narrative, some went haywire. I'd not consider this as essential reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Liu

    pretty good overview of the life of a group outstanding entrepreneurs.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Akita

    Insightful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tirath

    Please don't read it. A complete waste of time for a serious reader. It's written more like a text book for school kids. A poorly executed book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    If you've never red a business history book and don't know anything about guys like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Sam Walton, Thomas Watson, etc., then this might be OK to get start. But if you are familiar with them, then you've won't learn much here. I read to learn more about the careers of George Eastman, Carles Revson, and Robert Noyce. But there are better, more detailed books out there on these businessmen. A survey, mainly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I read the book because I was interested in the topic - learning about the most successful people in business over the last approx. 100 years. The writing and the way the book was organized was average.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stefania Shaffer

    Learning how Ford and Rockefeller got their start is interesting, even if you think you’ve heard it all before. This profiles innovators in the late 19th century to show how their brilliant minds would still stack up today. Creativity and leadership never goes out of style.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Mah

    I enjoyed learning about the seven influential business figures presented in this book. Especially some of the figures you don't hear much about. Most know of Ford and Carnegie, but fewer know of Revson and Noyce. Nothing amazing, but well written and well done.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex Hood

    Wonderful little stories about early 1900's business giants. Tedlow is a little turgid.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lori Grant

    A must-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mansour Alshammari

    i think this book basically its talk about management and how deal with ,and im still reading it

  16. 5 out of 5

    Edikan Udoh

    Nothing informs more than history. When history is brought together under a focus, as Richard Tedlow does with this work of art, value expectation can never be too high. It's well crafted.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Luke Kanies

    Useful for perspective, but not truly informative. Somehow a gripping read, though, for non-fiction.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Otis Chandler

    Inspiring profiles of 7 great businessmen: Andrew Carnegie, Thomas J. Watson, George Eastman, Robert Noyce, Charles Revson, Sam Walton, and Henry Ford. The author is an HBS professor.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian Winter

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nedim

  21. 5 out of 5

    erika

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jayson Galisim

  23. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alimi

  24. 5 out of 5

    Naman Garg

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin L Lipps

  26. 4 out of 5

    Habiba

  27. 5 out of 5

    jan miller

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Neha Bhambu

  30. 4 out of 5

    scharah edmonds

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