The Maverick: Dispatches from an unrepentant capitalist [NOOK Book]

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For eight years between 1998 and 2006, Luke Johnson wrote a regular column as 'The Maverick' in The Sunday Telegraph. His short, pithy essays tackled subjects ranging from rich lists to bankrupt companies, from high finance to investment techniques, from philanthropy to trophy wives, bringing a practitioner's eye to the commercial world and the people in it. The Maverick quickly developed a cult following among readers who wanted to understand the blunt truth about investment, ...
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The Maverick: Dispatches from an unrepentant capitalist

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Overview

For eight years between 1998 and 2006, Luke Johnson wrote a regular column as 'The Maverick' in The Sunday Telegraph. His short, pithy essays tackled subjects ranging from rich lists to bankrupt companies, from high finance to investment techniques, from philanthropy to trophy wives, bringing a practitioner's eye to the commercial world and the people in it. The Maverick quickly developed a cult following among readers who wanted to understand the blunt truth about investment, entrepreneurs, business history, and corporate life.
This book brings together 84 of the best articles, with updates, in a single volume. What makes them unique is that Luke Johnson is not just a first-class writer, he is also one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs. He made his name with PizzaExpress, has run and owned businesses in many different sectors, and now takes stakes in fast-growing businesses through his company, Risk Capital Partners. He is also Chairman of Channel 4. The diversity of his experience enables him to write with insight and perspective about the very serious matter of making and losing money.
If you are in business, you will find The Maverick entertaining, informative and inspiring. If you are not in business, you will discover what makes business people tick, the hurdles they have to overcome to succeed, and the substantial benefits they bring to society.
www.lukejohnson.org
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906659448
  • Publisher: Harriman House
  • Publication date: 8/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 273 KB

Meet the Author

Luke Johnson is Chairman of Channel 4 Television and Risk Capital Partners. For eight years he wrote a weekly column on business in The Sunday Telegraph.
He was Chairman of PizzaExpress during the 1990s and is currently an owner and Chairman of Giraffe restaurants and Patisserie Valerie. He has also owned companies in recruitment, dentistry and retailing.
He graduated from Oxford and worked as a stockbroking analyst covering the media sector in the 1980s. He lives in London and is married with two children.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1.Entrepreneurs and the Rich
Why Run Your Own Business?
Founder's Courage
Getting on the Rich Lists
50 Reasons To Be An Entrepreneur
How Tycoons Breed Success
Corporate Executive vs Entrepreneur
Trophy Wives
Billionaire Politicians
Paradise Syndrome
Inheritance
Letting Go
Legacy
2. Management and Corporate Life
Business Maxims
Executive Disease
Business Language
Seven Deadly Sins
Corporate Comedy
Vicious Business
Old Raiders Face Music
Boards
Buzzwords
Selling
3. Winners
World-Beating, Single-Product Companies
Champagne
Ineos
Digital Radio
Air Conditioning
Trademark Companies
Book Publishing
4. Problems
What Can Go Wrong
Things Fall Apart
The Worst Business Decision of All Time
The Downside of Downsizing
GEC a Go-Go
Health Clinic
Cammell Laird - A Marine Tragedy
The Software Industry Rip-Off
Frank Timis
5. Economics
A Philosophy of Capitalism
China
The Importance of Title
Russia
Student Misery
Japan Will Recover
The Age of the Dumpies is Dawning
6. Business History
Let's Support the Inventors of Real Wealth
Four of the Really Big Losers
Coke, Big Mac and Harry Hyams
The First American Boss of the Tube
Georges Doriot
United Fruit
A to Z
Airline Pioneers
Alfred Nobel
Who Remembers the Founder of GM?
The Panama Canal
Selfridges and Whiteley's
Richard Cobden
George Hudson
Sir Henry Wellcome
7. Investing
The Key Questions About Every Investment
Estate Agents
Perception and Reality in Chairmen's Statements
Forestry
Langbar
Why to Buy a Share
A Really Ethical Portfolio
A Bitter Pill from My Vet
Give these Market Myths a Miss
Ten-Baggers
Selling Signals
Regus
PartyGaming
The Loser's Game, the Winner's Curse and Freud
Is the Neuer Markt a Giant Ramp?
Why Stock Markets Always Kill The Ones
They Love The Most
8. Business and Society
Who Says Tycoons Are Always Wicked?
Public vs Private Sector
Public Schools
The Lawyers Will Kill Us All!
Twenty-First Century Philanthropists
Reinventing the NHS
Money War of the Ages
Appendix
A list of books referred to in articles
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