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Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

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Seven business innovators and the empires they built.

The pre-eminent business historian of our time, Richard S. Tedlow, examines seven great CEOs who successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires.

With the depth and clarity of a master, Tedlow illuminates the minds, lives and strategies behind the legendary successes of our times:

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Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Harper Business (first published November 1st 2001)
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, business
These are fascinating stories to me of business success against severe challenges. The individuals chosen exhibited similar drive, strengths and faults.
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a collection of biopics of seven of the greatest visionaries who transformed American industry and/or retail, these being Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate), George Eastman (Kodak), Henry Ford (Ford Motors), Thomas J Watson Senior (IBM), Charles Revson (Revlon), Sam Walton (Walmart) and Robert Noyce (Intel & inventor of the silicon chip). The author argues, quite convincingly, that most people 'march backward into the future' whereas these innovators either adapted to or created a whole ...more
Vanessa Neumann
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read more than half of it over Christmas, when I had time. I loved the perspective: 7 Americans who changed industries, and therefore America and then world. It's honest as to why it's all White men: they had the privileged access in those times and places. It examines their innovation as uniquely American and analyzes how their business decisions were reflections of their personal backgrounds. Very enlightening. It can be uneven in its style sometimes, especially as the author at the end trie ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting read. Sheds light on the businesses world. .

Good. I guess I would recommend to others. Pretty interesting history of some of the USAs most influential people ever.
Rohit Nallapeta
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a mixed bag biopic. Some stories were researched well and had a great narrative, some went haywire. I'd not consider this as essential reading. ...more
David Liu
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
pretty good overview of the life of a group outstanding entrepreneurs.
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Apr 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Please don't read it.
A complete waste of time for a serious reader.

It's written more like a text book for school kids.
A poorly executed book.
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business-history
If you've never red a business history book and don't know anything about guys like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Sam Walton, Thomas Watson, etc., then this might be OK to get start. But if you are familiar with them, then you've won't learn much here.

I read to learn more about the careers of George Eastman, Carles Revson, and Robert Noyce. But there are better, more detailed books out there on these businessmen.

A survey, mainly.
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: s-kindle, p-business
I read the book because I was interested in the topic - learning about the most successful people in business over the last approx. 100 years. The writing and the way the book was organized was average.
Stefania Shaffer
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Learning how Ford and Rockefeller got their start is interesting, even if you think you’ve heard it all before. This profiles innovators in the late 19th century to show how their brilliant minds would still stack up today. Creativity and leadership never goes out of style.
Jonathan Mah
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning about the seven influential business figures presented in this book. Especially some of the figures you don't hear much about. Most know of Ford and Carnegie, but fewer know of Revson and Noyce. Nothing amazing, but well written and well done. ...more
Alex Hood
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: econ-biz-story
Wonderful little stories about early 1900's business giants. Tedlow is a little turgid. ...more
Lori Grant
A must-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.
Mansour Alshammari
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
i think this book basically its talk about management and how deal with ,and im still reading it
Edikan Udoh
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nothing informs more than history. When history is brought together under a focus, as Richard Tedlow does with this work of art, value expectation can never be too high. It's well crafted. ...more
Luke Kanies
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Useful for perspective, but not truly informative. Somehow a gripping read, though, for non-fiction.
Otis Chandler
Jan 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, business
Inspiring profiles of 7 great businessmen: Andrew Carnegie, Thomas J. Watson, George Eastman, Robert Noyce, Charles Revson, Sam Walton, and Henry Ford. The author is an HBS professor.
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