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Talking Straight

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Forthright, direct, and candid as ever, Lee Iacocca proposes fresh answers to today's tough problems. With straight-shooting opinions about the most pressing concerns, Iacocca offers practical scenarios for solving our nation's economic dilemma.
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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Jeffrey Williams
May 31, 2015 Jeffrey Williams rated it liked it
I had read his first book 30 years ago when it first came out, and then re-read it again a week ago. His first book was enlightening and inspirational (and co-written by William Novak).

This book, however, co-written by Sonny Kleinfield, was not as strong or well organized as the first book. His next-to-last chapter should have been the first chapter and there were several areas of overlap.

What makes this book worthwhile is the fact that the political issues (most of which he takes a middle-of-
Nov 29, 2010 James rated it really liked it
Bits and pieces of thoughts about the country in the late 1980s. Amusingly (or not so), most of the problems are still relevant. The budget deficit, the trade deficit, the rising costs of health insurance, etc. are all addressed within...
May 14, 2007 Josh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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An eloquent writer who has a nack for inspiring anyone who reads his material to do great things, or to at least try.
Apr 27, 2014 Aditi rated it did not like it
Absolutely hated this book. Iacocca is self absorbed , I do not know why he chooses to give so much economic and political advice. Read this books only when I had absolutely nothing else to read. The only bits I found bearable were where he talked about his wife and daughters.
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Shaun Murphy
Oct 02, 2013 Shaun Murphy rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt one of the best reads I've had in a long time,Mr. Iacocca's legendary wit and well know personality really show itself in this book. His thoughts on various important topics and issues are both humourous and poignant,and really gives us an idea just why he was and still IS one of THE best leaders in the Automotive world. If you are interested in knowing more about the iconic man who saved Chrysler from the brink,and about his viewpoints and ideals,this is a must read!
Mar 19, 2015 Pradyot rated it it was amazing
One of the most influential books I read as a young adult. Iacocca's forth-right style is hard hitting and even though some of his predictions are, in retrospect, inaccurate - the reasons why he believed in his convictions are persuasive. In Talking Straight, he covered a gamut of topics from the US auto industry to politics and makes an engrossing read even today.
Andy G
Jul 08, 2012 Andy G added it
I really enjoyed this book even though it was from the 80's. I've always enjoyed reading about business success stories whether from today or yesterday. Lee really shines in this book with many key points not only from his business adventures, but from politics to family.
Jun 12, 2012 Scott rated it did not like it
I didn't read it for literary style, which is good because he writes like he doesn't need the money. (He doesn't!) Effective CEO's rarely make good writers, but I didn't know that when I was a wide-eyed 19 year old looking for wisdom. I honestly couldn't finish it.
Dec 09, 2008 Drew rated it liked it
Iacocca unleashes his political philosophy. Nothing earth shattering was revealed. He took the middle ground on a lot of issues. This book could have been a prepartory move towards running for president; however, Iacocca did not venture down that path.
Roy Huff
Jan 13, 2013 Roy Huff rated it liked it
This book was just okay. I probably liked it less because I had already read his first autobiography. I'm not completely sure why he did this book as it didn't really give any additional insights. Still, not a bad read just a little pointless.
Apr 01, 2016 Qomar rated it really liked it
I read it long time ago when I just return from my first trip to Korea .. My first Iacocca's book and enjoyed to read the auto industry background in the US .. Since then, I have been collecting his works
Doug Cornelius
Dec 10, 2014 Doug Cornelius rated it liked it
Love him or hate him, he has been an incredibly successful business leader for decades.
Apr 25, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
Probably more relevant today than when it was published almost 30 years ago.
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