Adventures Of A Bystander

Adventures Of A Bystander

by Peter F. Drucker
     
 

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Peter Drucker’s lively and thoughtful memoirs are now available in paperback with a new introduction by the author. He writes with wit and spirit about people he has encountered in a long and varied life, including Sigmund Freud, Henry Luce, Alfred Sloan, John L. Lewis, and Marshall McLuhan. After beginning with his childhood in Vienna during and after World

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Peter Drucker’s lively and thoughtful memoirs are now available in paperback with a new introduction by the author. He writes with wit and spirit about people he has encountered in a long and varied life, including Sigmund Freud, Henry Luce, Alfred Sloan, John L. Lewis, and Marshall McLuhan. After beginning with his childhood in Vienna during and after World War I, Drucker moves on to Europe in the 1920s and early 1930s, describing the imminent doom posed by Hitler and the Nazis. He then goes on to describe London during the 1930s, America during the New Deal era, the World War II years, and beyond.

According to John Brooks of The New York Times Book Review, “Peter Drucker is at a corner cafe, delightfully regaling anyone who will listen with tales of what must be one of the more varied—and for a practitioner of such a narrow skill as that of management counseling, astonishing—of contemporary professional lives.” Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Washington Post writes, “The famous are here as well as the infamous.… All are the beneficiaries, for better or for worse, of Drucker’s unerring eye for psychological detail, his remorseless curiosity, and his imaginative sympathy.… Drucker’s book appears in a stroke to have restored the art of the memoir and of the essay.” Adventures of a Bystander reflects Drucker’s vitality, infinite curiosity, and interest in people, ideas, and the forces behind them. His book is a personal and informal account of the rich life of an independent man of letters, a life that spans eight decades and two continents. It will be of interest to scholars and professionals in the business world, historians, sociologists, and admirers of Peter Drucker.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Adventures of a Bystander appears in a stroke to have restored the art of the memoir and of the essay. It will doubtless be a while before its like comes round again.
Harvard Business Review
The cast of characters among whom Drucker moves is superbly rich, and the informed glimpse he provides of a vanished social and political universe is an education in itself. Adventure of a Bystander is better than a novel, more lively than an essay, and as thoughtful as both at their best.
BusinessWeek
Adventures of a Bystander is a virtuoso performance in which Drucker displays a dazzling diversity of personal interests and knowlege, an awesome power of recall, and a crisp, highly readable writing style.
Upside Magazine
Drucker's autobiography is a joy to read because of the mix of intriguing characters, momentous events and sharp insights we've e to expect from one of the most original management theorists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560007388
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
652,576
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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