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Trailblazer: From the Mountains of Kashmir to the Summit of Global Business and Beyond

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Farooq Kathwari’s extraordinary life began in politically divided Kashmir, where his family was separated by government decree. He had to leave home as a refugee, helped his mother survive shock therapy, joined student activists in street demonstrations, and faced down a gun-wielding security officer—all by the age of seventeen. 

Forced to become self-reliant, Kathwari jou
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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Aurora
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ethan Allen

This was a great life lesson in perseverance, communication and sheer grit. I won this as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
Lori
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. However, at times, I tired of reading of the author's accomplishments. ...more
Krista
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It covers the life of an Ethan Allen executive and his journey from Kashmir to America and his eventual leadership at EA. I enjoyed the sections regarding his business philosophy but overall I didn’t appreciate his writing style. Episodes in his life were presented as though he just happened to have good luck at getting out of Kashmir, getting into schools and businesses. And just casually mentioning how he or his family happened to know this captain ...more
Steve
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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NOTE: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program.

Trailblazer is the autobiography of Farooq Kathwari. Born in Kashmir in the 1940s to a prominent Muslim family in a region that's been in heavy contention since the breakup of the British Empire. Going to school with fellow Muslims as well as Hindus, he excelled at sports, especially cricket, and developed exceptional leadership skills as captain of the cricket team. After going to school in Kashmir, his father, who was in the
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Anne
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I rec'd Trailblazer as part of a kindle giveaway. Kathwari is an immigrant from Kashmir. His story is one from the hills of Asia to the boardroom in the US. A son of a merchant, he became CEO of Ethan Allen International. His story and so many like his need to be told. ...more
Thomas Lennek
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Astounding Journey - an uncommon autobiography

A truly inspiring life, merging lifelong values within the framework of education, travel, family, good luck and personal ambition. Read this book to get a deeper understanding of the situation in Kashmir, transitioning a corporation (Ethan Allen) and how it is possible for an individual to have worldwide reach in the efforts of peace. (And lessons for fighting off Corporate Raiders aka "activist investors." )
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Trudy
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Farooq Kathwari has led an interesting life. Best of all is his attitude of gratitude for even the small players in it. I found his memoir interesting although I got bogged down in the business portions. He is an exemplary leader in business and life.
Susan
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as a Goodread's Giveaway. This is a well-written autobiography of Farooq Kathwari. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in business biographies &/or global economy. ...more
Misty Hutchison
Great book very interesting loved it
Kasey
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the opportunity to review this book as a giveaway recipient. I am excited to read it and will update my thoughts on this book soon!
Karen Stromberg
I won this book through Goodreads. I'm glad I did or I never would have read it. I want to work for this man! I like the corporate culture that he embraces. The book was very compelling. ...more
Mary
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept my interest throughout
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