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3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,937 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Rudolph Giuliani demonstrates how the leadership skills he practices can be employed successfully by anyone who has to run anything. Opens with a gripping account of Giuliani's immediate reaction to the September 11 attacks, including a narrow escape from the original crisis command headquarters, and closes with the efforts to address the aftermath during his remaining ten ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Miramax Books (first published 2002)
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Tara Jacek
Jan 04, 2012 Tara Jacek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are reading this book because you don't want to know how Giuliani thinks and works then this isn't the book for you. Giuliani will share facts, figures, names, dates, and times to support what he believes makes a good leader and how to become one. He will tell you how he discovered what makes a good leader, the effect situations had on him and how he strives to be a good leader.
I read this book because I wasn't exposed to negative prejudices about him. I'm from NYC and grew up with a fam
Aug 24, 2012 Ginger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books on preparing for leadership I've read in a long time.

This has been sitting on my shelf since college, when I had the priveledge of hearing Mr. Giuliani speak. I'm enjoying his tales from his time as "Mayor of America" immensely as well as learning a lot about strong leadership. Not a trite, you've-heard-it-all-before read.

I'm only sorry I waited this long to pick it up.
Jun 29, 2008 Dan rated it liked it
I was surprised that this book talked more about his management style running New York City and not about conservative politics and principles. He espouses basic principles about leadership that would be useful running any large entity, His use of metrics to gauge the success or failure of a program could be applied to anywhere outside of government. Do not expect much about the personal life known to hit the back pages of the New York Post. This is not a tell all biography. Overall, it is an ea ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Leila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book itself is less about Rudy Giuliani or September 11th and more your basic “how to get ahead” book. While the basic morals were often trite and over done; I thought the examples about the behind the scenes work that took place to clean up New York was fascinating.

The book is organized in chapters each of which discusses one moral or principle that Rudy believes makes a good leader. The chapter then lists examples of situations where this principle held true. I would have rather just read
Mar 18, 2014 nicdavdi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this because I wanted to understand how Giuliani did such a great job during 9/11. Leadership styles differ, but in such a crisis a leader is tested to the limit. Giuliani appeared to me (from a few thousand miles away) to do a great job in providing focus for galvanising the reactions from a stunned population and providing a figure people could rally to. No-one says that leaders are not ego-driven, but Giuliani takes it to an extreme I have rarely seen. The number of times 'I' or 'me' i ...more
Oct 14, 2011 William rated it really liked it
I have heard some great things about Giuliani, but this book made me believe all that I have heard. Giuliani's style of leadership while mayor is a great example for all of us learning the basics. He has set his course and kept to it. He knows what works for him and gives us the breakdown. Not that his course will always fit our own style of leadership, but it provides some great points to remember. At times, I felt myself reading an election bid for President. If he did run I would seriously co ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Frustrated that my brain is stagnating, and wanting to make a change in work, life and who knows what else, I turned to some serious writing to see if I could learn anything.
Not from this I couldn't. The Mayor has a particular style and a particular job which, over a hundred pages into it, I was finding difficult to apply to anything I did. I began to suspect that he had leadership qualities but was finding it difficult himself to understand why! So the book is sitting unfinished at the moment,
Judy Wyndham
This book was alright. I think Mayor Giuliani did a lot of good for the city of New York and I remember many of the improvements made during his tenure. I really wanted to like this book and while the reading was interesting the depiction of the mayor as a one man solution didn't sit well with me.

I love biographies because all successful people have failure in their past (so I'm on the right track:). If the mayor had any failures none were disclosed in this book. I think it was a mistake not to
Oct 22, 2015 Anna rated it did not like it
Asked for and received as a gift. I don't know. Going to HPB.

Found a video of his opening the 2001 Season of Saturday Night Live and his monologue really was great. Those were words we should have used. Paul Simon played "The Boxer;" and it will induce some tears. Anyway, there's no mystery why people wanted to hear more from him after all that tragedy and how New York deals.

July 2014.
Mduduzi Maphanga
Published in the aftermath of 9/11,the book is a reflection of Giuliani's tenure as NYC's mayor. It was also an insight of how a Giuliani White House would run, although he denied presidential ambitions at the time. In the book, Guiliani offers a set of leadership principles he's learnt through out his life and indicates how these were instrumental in turning NYC around. The peak of the effectiveness of theses principles was how well his administration handled 9/11. But with any autobiography th ...more
Jun 30, 2007 Natalie rated it really liked it
I listened to this one on tape (okay, MP3, I guess) and thought it was interesting. It sounds like he did a lot of good for New York. But, if you've read Freakanomics, you know that a lot of the crime rate drops could very well have been attributed to other things. It was interesting to learn what he was doing during Sept. 11th though. Good read, for sure!
Abhishek Gupta
Apr 18, 2014 Abhishek Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rudy's account of his experiences, decisions and actions during his tenure as mayor of NYC is remarkable effort to portray the order of the day in life of city from all perspectives: social, political, cultural, economic and administration.
He renders informative insights into his philosophy(ies) followed, challenges faced and results expected vis-a-vis realized.
Rudy lends view on his reactions and thought process while presiding over the recovery from tragic 9/11 attacks on NYC, eliciting deta
Bjorn Hardarson
Nov 15, 2011 Bjorn Hardarson rated it it was amazing
I great book to read, I am not intrested in US politics or his side in politics. What made this book a great book to read is how he reduced crimes in NY dow more than 60%. For me that is the power of good system or good software system. Everyone in any goverment, health care and etc. should learn from this book
David Robins
May 19, 2013 David Robins rated it really liked it
Good book, great examples, bit too much cop-worship, but they're a powerful union in NYC. He didn't spend overmuch time on 9/11, although of course he had to include it, but instead emphasized the structure and relationships he had built up beforehand that helped him and his team through it.
Andrianto SS
Nov 02, 2007 Andrianto SS rated it it was amazing
Great story of a tough leader in the midst of the catastrophe of NYC. Recommended to Indonesian who thirst a figure of strong, accountable leader. This true story should amaze us how this gentleman played his role in 8 years to reduce the criminal 67%. Salute to Rudi!
Gerald Murphy
Feb 15, 2015 Gerald Murphy rated it it was amazing
Great book on leadership. Different area of work but very like many of Jack Welch book on his principals of leadership at GE. Makes me wonder why Rudy did not do well in Pres primary race. Also makes me wonder how NY could recently elect their new guy
Rick Abbott
Jul 21, 2012 Rick Abbott rated it it was amazing
A terrific insight into the mind of one of the greatest leaders of the century. Giuliani clearly lays out that the leadership that he provided in 9/11 didn't just happen, it was predicated on years of putting great systems in place. Awesome book. A must read.
Jan 11, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Great book! Focuses on managing and leadership with no attention paid to personal relationship issues, which I respect. Politics is mentioned but is not the main focus of the book. Riveting accounts of Sept. 11th really touched me.
Feb 07, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Great book. Must read. Finished it in one sitting but I know I will get many miles out of it. Incredibly motivational.
Andrea Fontana
May 01, 2008 Andrea Fontana rated it it was ok
I will not live with blinders on.
okay. alright. I got through one chapter and a few excerpts thereafter.
Stefania Shaffer
I am always on the hunt for great business books as a teacher preparing students for college and career readiness in one of my courses that builds young critical thinkers. Rudy Giuliani’s book taught me two things: 1) Prepare for all scenarios, no matter how unlikely—yes, they had a plan already in place for planes crashing into buildings; 2) Create a playbook so every point person is accountable. This was a fast read with excellent information about how to communicate even when normal channels ...more
Jan 20, 2016 A K rated it it was amazing
Compelling read about the chronciles of 9/11 and how Rudy actually got things done in NY before 9/11.
Apr 25, 2012 Jasmin rated it liked it
An interesting book about leadership and the key points to being a successful leader
Oct 31, 2007 Bronwyn rated it liked it
I read this book b/c I met Guiliani at a booksigning. Funny story about that.
Jul 23, 2013 Bob rated it did not like it
Figured I give it a try , but got tired of him kissing his own butt
Rudy for prez in 2012!!!
Apr 12, 2012 Tyra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I liked this book fairly well, but it seemed a little disorganized in structure. Giuliani began by giving an overview of the events of 9-11 and went into more detail in two different places in the book. There were two things that I found fascinating about this memoir: the reason for his quick actions at the moment of the terrorist attacks and some aspects of his life as a lawyer.

Giuliani's life and experiences seemed to lead him to the place of knowing exactly what to do at the moment of our nat
Sep 12, 2008 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guliani is a great storyteller, and it was interesting to read how he chose to do hard things that would force him to improve. For example, he went to work for a judge that would work him really hard but make him great. He also practiced and practiced his public speaking and debating ability. Good to see that someone can work hard on those things and gain ability there. He's also incredible with names, something I'm working on.
I don't plan to organize anything exactly as he did, but reading ab
Mar 06, 2012 Lamia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m currently researching the clean-up of New York City, particularly in the areas of crime and police corruption, which both Whitman Knapp and Rudolph Giuliani are credited for. Due to my interest, a friend of mine suggested I read Giuliani’s “Leadership”, since he explains CompStat and other methods of crime reduction implemented during his years in office.

“Leadership” is a mix between a memoir and a book on management advice; each chapter features principles of leadership and Giuliani relate
Hector Zamora
Feb 27, 2013 Hector Zamora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rescato el tema de las juntas que organizaba Rudolph Giuliani con la gente clave de la ciudad de Nueva York, y su metodología de trabajo. HM.

"Rudolph Giuliani pasará a la historia por su papel como alcalde de Nueva York el día de los ataques terroristas –11 de septiembre del 2001. Su serenidad, su solidaridad con las víctimas y los habitantes de la ciudad y su liderazgo en la recuperación de la “Gran Manzana” lo han convertido en una figura de talla mundial.
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