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Preview — How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
Now in paperback, the national bestselling riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all-and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks.
In his fifties, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a mansion in the suburbs, a wife and loving children, a six-figure salary, and an Ivy League education. But
DO NOT read this book (or attempt to listen to it on CD, as i did). the NYTimes does a way better review than i ever could, so go here http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/boo... or just read this snippet from the review and back away from the book quickly:
"From there the book lapses into a four-step: Gill st ...more
In a way, I think this book is a great foil to Eat Pray and Love. Both writers are skilled wi ...more
He'll also foreshadow some things, but in reality tell you everything...then when he gets to telling ...more
Gill was a highly-paid executive with the largest, most prestigious advertising agency in New York City when, at age 53, he was fired. The agency had a new owner who wanted “young” people in charge, and Gill had become superfluous. He struggled with forming his own consulting firm, and had some modest success … for a few years. But 10 years later, when the reader first meets Gill, he is sitting at Starbucks hoping against hope that his phone will ring and enjoying a ...more
It is OK. Parts I liked and parts I hated.
1. He was greatly humbled by los ...more
When I first saw this book, I thought of how ridiculous this title is, and that it is just another marketing ploy for Starbucks, another big shot corporation that has not earned enough. Intrigue led me to take a look, and flipping through the first few pages changed my perception of this book, so I bought it to try out.
This book is similar to a biography but written in a more interesting way. It does not pro ...more
But more then that, I really was not that impressed with the story. Was his change that much different from anyone else who changes jobs? I don't think so. If S ...more