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How They Blew It: The CEOs and Entrepreneurs Behind Some of the World's Most Catastrophic Business Failures

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How They Blew It is about people who did something remarkable: they all built huge business empires worth millions, if not billions. Then they all did something unbelievable: they managed to lose it.

How They Blew It tells the story of16 business leaders who went from paramount success to abject failure, resulting in the collapse of some of the world's most famous and suppo
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 22nd 2010 by Kogan Page (first published January 1st 2010)
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Loy Machedo
Feb 15, 2012 Loy Machedo rated it really liked it
Loy Machedo’s Book Review – How they Blew it by Jamie Oliver & Tony Goodwin

Who doesn’t want to be a billionaire?
Almost every person on the planet who has been introduced to the world of positive thinking, day-dreaming or worse – people who read and believe self-help delusional books like ‘The Secret’ by the Rhonda Byrne or timeless classics like ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill – everyone would want to be a billionaire.

The perks are amazing.
The choices are never-ending
The feeling is
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Ana Mardoll
Mar 05, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it liked it
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How They Blew It / 978-0-749-46065-5

Half mini-biography, and half "where are they now" expose, "How They Blew It" provides quick and interesting "start-to-finish" looks at 16 major companies and the CEOs and entrepreneurs that, basically, ran them into the ground with varying degrees of criminal intent and enthusiasm.

Of the 16 companies featured here (and the 17 entrepreneurs at the helms), each gets about 10-15 pages each, as the authors lightly trip over the rise and fall of the companies, an
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Bookish37
Dec 01, 2010 Bookish37 rated it liked it
Reach back into your memories of your high school English class and remember hubris, that overwhelming, overblown feeling of pride and self-confidences, that the gods enjoy punishing, usually with maiming, sometimes with thunderbolts. How They Blew It: The CEOs and Entrepreneurs Behind Some of the World's Most Catastrophic Business Failures catalogs some of the most astonishing business failures of the past decade and hubris seems to be the principal cause of many of these failures. That and ...more
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Oct 25, 2010 E rated it really liked it
Broad reports on 17 entrepreneurs who blew up their businesses

In recent years, serial entrepreneurs and celebrity CEOs have become rock stars, not just of the corporate world but also of society at large. People love to learn about big business mavens, what they do, where they live, what they drive, where they party and who their spouses are. Even more darkly compelling are the bad boy wheelers and dealers who have dramatically blown up their firms through financial chicanery (almost exclusively
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Prapti Patel
Mar 16, 2014 Prapti Patel rated it liked it
If you're tired of reading the same old success stories of business miracles and eureka! moments, try How They Blew It by Jamie Oliver and Tony Goodwin. A refreshingly new perspective on what it means to be a success- and a failure- this book charts the stories of sixteen business tycoons with unimaginably powerful and wealthy empires which went kaput in spectacular fashions.

The book does not have a mocking or savage tone to it, quite the contrary,and serves as a thoughtful reminder of all that
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Deborah
Sep 02, 2010 Deborah rated it really liked it
I found this book absolutely fascinating. The author profiled 16 entrepreneurs and detailed their rise and fall. I liked that each chapter was roughly 10 pages long. It was the perfect length. The book moved at a brisk pace. The entrepreneurs profiled were all men, but from different countries. I must admit that I was only familiar with a couple of the men featured, but the other profiles were just as compelling. I could not put this book down. The only negative comment I have is that since the ...more
Bart Van Loon
Dec 09, 2015 Bart Van Loon rated it it was ok
Shelves: at-home, non-fiction
I was not very impressed by this book. It's little more than a dry listing of public events surrounding once super rich CEOs and entrepreneurs who ultimately failed and there's a constant focus on money as a measurement on having achieved success.

The one lesson to be learned from this book is: do not upset Vladimir Putin.
Amr Handy
Aug 30, 2014 Amr Handy rated it it was ok
The book has a good collection of cases but unfortunately with no analysis or in depth information. The recommendations at the end are not useful, rather they are superficial and cliche. It would have been more valuable to analyze the cases.
Savio
Mar 19, 2013 Savio rated it liked it
Mostly books come out telling you about success of people,
this book shows how successful people are still human and prone to mistake,

A book about 16 entrepreneurs who made it and then blew it.
good read, easy language too
Jeff Aldrich
Mar 06, 2011 Jeff Aldrich rated it did not like it
Great subject - very poor writing. It was like they had cut and pasted from newspaper clippings and magazines. No depth, no insight. Don't waste your time or space on this piece of fluff journalism.
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Tales of events and issues. Thin analysis and conclusions - wide beam coverage.
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