Sam Walton: Made in America : My Story

Sam Walton: Made in America : My Story

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Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world.  The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch.  Here, finally, inimitable words. 

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Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world.  The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch.  Here, finally, inimitable words.  Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements.  Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style.

In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[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

InspirationalSam Walton is a legend in the retail business. Building on core values, he created a whole new business concept that grew to become the largest retailer-the largest company-in the world. How did it happen?

In Made in America, SamWalton and his writer, a FORTUNE senior editor, take the reader through a chronological adventure of how a man started with nothing and gradually built an empire. He based everything he did on particular values that really made sense, though they were radical for his time and his industry. Gaining an understanding of those values,

their sources, and their impacts, helped me better grasp my own values and business management philosophy.

Sam came up with a lot of innovative ideas, but was unabashed in his drive to glean ideas from his competitors. He had a knack for snatching someone else's idea and growing it into something really significant. Reading about these adventures was fascinating. I couldn't put the book down . . . and I thought I knew something about Wal-Mart!

Particularly interesting was insight into the unique culture of Wal-Mart and how it was created and nurtured. Educational,

inspirational, stimulating. A great read!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553562835
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
30,667
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.02(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam Walton faces terminal cancer. He's dying. What does he do? Writes a book telling you the timeless path to success...the one he took. I'll be rereading this book...several times I expect. I ran a successful business for years. No one told me what to do. I figured it out. Years later, today, Sam Walton repeats everything I was doing. This book is an exceptionally kind gift from Sam Walton and his family to you. A dying man with apparently nothing more motivating him than to do something kind for the America. Don't take it lightly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book spans the triumphs and failures of the Great Mr. Sam. Unlike his predocessors of retail empires such as Sears and Penneys , he was a modest down to earth hard working indiviual, whom never forgot his roots.
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Wal-Mart is not just a gigantic retail company. It is the ultimate retailing juggernaut, setting the bar for products, packaging and pricing, and demolishing its competitors. Given its staggering influence, some would say Wal-Mart has become the very embodiment of retailing. It is the world's biggest private employer and its largest (by revenue) public corporation, with 2008 sales topping $400 billion. It has 4,264 stores in the U.S. and, with its international subsidiaries, serves more than 100 million customers weekly across the globe. The personality of Wal-Mart's late founder, Sam Walton, is still a driving force, a source of homespun, countrified wisdom and old-fashioned common sense. In this engaging autobiography, Walton explains how he built his mammoth corporation from a small five-and-dime store in Bentonville, Arkansas. The book doesn't include much bad news, but you wouldn't expect to find it here anyway. getAbstract recommends this colorful, entertaining book by America's ultimate entrepreneur. He clearly was a determined steamroller as a businessman, but he was also a charmer - and that won't surprise you either.
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