Sam Walton: Made in America : My Story

Sam Walton: Made in America : My Story

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Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world.  The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch.  Here, finally, inimitable words.  Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements.  Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style.

In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553562835
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1993
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 45,538
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sam Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur, best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam's Club.

John Huey 
served as editor-in-chief of Time Inc until 2012. The former editor of The Wall Street Journal/Europe and founding editor of Southpoint magazine, he has long reported on the business world and has profiled many of its leading personalities.

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Sam Walton 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam Walton faces terminal cancer. He's dying. What does he do? Writes a book telling you the timeless path to success...the one he took. I'll be rereading this book...several times I expect. I ran a successful business for years. No one told me what to do. I figured it out. Years later, today, Sam Walton repeats everything I was doing. This book is an exceptionally kind gift from Sam Walton and his family to you. A dying man with apparently nothing more motivating him than to do something kind for the America. Don't take it lightly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book spans the triumphs and failures of the Great Mr. Sam. Unlike his predocessors of retail empires such as Sears and Penneys , he was a modest down to earth hard working indiviual, whom never forgot his roots.
flobmac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
not going to be liked by everyone but i liked the way this guy ran and grew his business
dragonasbreath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I desperately needed to brush my teeth after this sickly sweet read. I've worked at Wal-mart, and have read the Unauthorized version as well... The Authorized Biography has an Angel come to Earth to help mankind, with little of a real person viewable in it. It has nothing of the impact of his family or times and how they affected his worldview.This story leaves the impression that every place Walmart has ever come has welcomed the Giant with open arms, leaving a healthier community behind it.It's almost exclusively the latter years, with little to nothing of the early years, the early struggles, or how his millionaire father-in-law helped the struggling mercantiler get his feet under him.I prefer my biographies a little rougher, with a more balanced world-view than is apparent in this volume.
gauravrekhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is a good book, but that's what I hate about it. It could have been a great book. It's Wal-Mart! However, I think I have rated it 2.5 stars because I just expected the world out of it. Also, aside from the information you get, I just think it could have been written better. However, hats off to the story and the commitment of the man
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Wal-Mart is not just a gigantic retail company. It is the ultimate retailing juggernaut, setting the bar for products, packaging and pricing, and demolishing its competitors. Given its staggering influence, some would say Wal-Mart has become the very embodiment of retailing. It is the world's biggest private employer and its largest (by revenue) public corporation, with 2008 sales topping $400 billion. It has 4,264 stores in the U.S. and, with its international subsidiaries, serves more than 100 million customers weekly across the globe. The personality of Wal-Mart's late founder, Sam Walton, is still a driving force, a source of homespun, countrified wisdom and old-fashioned common sense. In this engaging autobiography, Walton explains how he built his mammoth corporation from a small five-and-dime store in Bentonville, Arkansas. The book doesn't include much bad news, but you wouldn't expect to find it here anyway. getAbstract recommends this colorful, entertaining book by America's ultimate entrepreneur. He clearly was a determined steamroller as a businessman, but he was also a charmer - and that won't surprise you either.
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