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Forbes® Greatest Business Stories of All Time

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Insightful stories of 20 entrepreneurs and how they changed the way we live and do business. The editors of Forbes magazine have gathered the stories every educated business professional needs to read. Each story features a business personality as well as a corporation, and is packed with drama, excitement, wisdom and success secrets. The book as a whole is an insightful h ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 21st 1997 by Wiley (first published January 1st 1988)
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Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great lesson can be learned by these stories. Almost every one of them had a vision and was told by the so-called experts of the day that their vision was impossible to accomplish or would not work. Just think of how many people’s dreams are crushed by some nominal expert. Fortunately, they did not listen. Learn about American Revolutionary War financier Robert Morris and McDonald’s founder Roy Kroc among others.
Vanya Prodanova
Електронното издание на книгата е пълен боклук, който така дразни с лошото си форматиране, че нямам думи, освен някоя и друга нецензурна дума за некоректното отношение от страна на издателството спрямо читателите на е-четци. :/
Колкото до самата книга, историите се оказаха доста интересни и информативни. Като своеобразен урок по история, тъй като първият бизнес, който се разглежда, е от края на 18 век, а последният е от края на 20 век.
Първите няколко истории, както и за някои по-познати за мен и
these were very interesting stories, mostly about the beginnings of the successful companies that we today take for granted as having always been there (McDonalds, Ogilvy Advertising, Radio advertising, Disney, etc). They all are the product of an extremely motivated and passionate individual who oftentimes is rejected or unsuccessful until finally he/she makes it. This is a good lesson for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.
Henry Park
Jun 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting stories (part true, part twisted by the media mogels I'm certain) but all great events in our american history. Starts before the war with the British. People don't realize the blood, sweat and deals that the US was founded on. Gives you a fresh new perspective on politics, globalization etc.
Ben Walker
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
A great book to flip through at a library -- there are two page summaries about a few different American business peoples. I read the marketing guy (Ogilvy) and the AT&T/MCI clash (McGowan) and skimmed a couple others.

The book felt a bit dated as of my 2014 reading, but those summaries are great because they give you a flavor of what the chapter is about.
Iliya Polihronov
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's pretty much exactly what you expect from the book's title and cover. Does a fine job of compiling the short resume of great people with great business stores. One thing that surprised me pleasantly was the way they stories were ordered so you kind of get an idea how the US economy developed over time and what role these amazing people had in it.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-mgmt
I enjoyed this book, but the only critiques is that a book full of many stories is sometimes difficult to finish as getting from one story to the next sometimes I have a bit of a block. Nonetheless, a pretty good read.
خليل بارودي
دائمًا ما كنت أتسائل عن سرّ تفوّق بلاد العمّ سام الإقتصاديّ على مرّ العصور، كيف يمكن لدولةٍ ( ربع مليارية السكّان ) أن يسبق اقتصادها اقتصادَ دولٍ ملياريّة السكّان كالصّين والهند، أو بلدانٍ صناعيّة كأوروبا الغربية... إلخ

هذا الكتاب أجابني على كلّ تلك الأسئلة.
Michael Vincent
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many interesting stories, though older now and not great depth in these short versions. A good place to start concerning business history.
Faisal ElBeheiry
كتاب لطيف عن قصة ٢٠ من رواد الأعمال في أمريكا.
Oct 26, 2008 added it
I bought this book while browsing on Borders. First I was hesitate to buy it. Because the price is pretty expensive. But i decided to buy it anyway.

This book is fairly interesting. It is a good reading for person who wants to have a quick summary or highlight of each of the company.

Its a light reading.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I really enjoyed reading this book. Every time I finished one story I couldn't wait to get to the next one. Forbes does a good job at providing a brief background, the risks each of the entrepreneurs faced, and how they overcame those risks. While it is not a must-have, it is a fun read for anyone involved in business.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Handy book for inspiration... with many great stories of ordinary folks who've made it in the business world. I enjoyed the stories as presented in concise chapters, so that one could start and complete a chapter (and a story) anytime (like during a short business flight)
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very interesting book
from motley fool
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
its like a textbook
Gives outline story of great businesses with some hints about personalities
of owners and how they achieved success
Sandis Viksna
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice read but a bit too historic.
Marcos Moret
Excellent collection of bite-sized pieces on US companies including McDonalds, Disney, and Wal-Mart - full of useful and memorable business insights.
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A should-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.
Subbu Chandrasekaran
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book covers 50 remarkable business story since the dawn of American history. Each story is short, succinct and very well written . a must read if you are interested in business and biography..
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very inspirational and motivational
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