Sam Walton, Made in America: My Story (Paperback)

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Sam Walton, Made in America: My Story (Paperback)

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Great book, especially for all WalMart associates. Funny and very informative. Helps you get to know the real Sam Walton, and understand why we go through all the changes that we do.

Marketing Textbook

I have read hundreds of books on business, Sam Walton's autobiography is one of the best without the academic jargon. It is simple, warm, and shows the character of a good and caring man. It also reveals the principles for success in business in a competitive environment. Years before they went bankrupt, I went into a competitors store and saw future failure in every area. They should have applied the thing in Sam's book instead of playing the Wall Street big-shots. I see the same thing in Central America. I wish this book was in Spanish; it could be the best gift to young people studying business there.

Good History Book

This book is very interesting and informative to the success of Wal~Mart. It explains what it takes to make a business go from good to great, "the essence of discounting". Sam Walton's secret is out in this book "most everything I've done I've copied from somebody else". Read it, you won't regret you did.

Great book by a great man

A must read for anyone. Mr Sam was an insightful man with a straightforward understanding of how to build a successful enterprise. His ideas can be applied to any business or personal relationships.

Inside The Mind of Walmart's Founder

I felt compelled to check out “Made In America” by Sam Walton out of curiosity and pride with being a Walmart employee. I was exposed to some of Walton's philosophy during my orientation and felt curious to check out more. The following are some of the tidbits included in “Made In America” by Sam Walton: Pages 1-3: He mentions how his life changed after interviewing with Forbes magazine in October 1985 (after he was named the “richest man in America). A harrowing experience is also recalled when he talks about being “ambushed by The Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous Guy” at a tennis tournament. Page 70: Jim Walton recalled how some writers thought that his father (Sam Walton) was a “grand strategist who psychically carried out plans and actualized them with precision”. However, he mentions that the reality was that his father actually “thrived on change” when it came to many decisions. Pages 80-81: Sam Walton listed some of his family pictures such as those of this parents and grandparents, as well as his wife, children, and a Ben Franklin franchise in Newport, Arkansas. Page 95: Sam Walton created and wrote down a five year plan of the business ideas that he intended to accomplish. He mentioned that he saved these plans for a long time and found (several years later) that his target goals were exceeded by at least 15 to 20 percent. Pages 240-241: There is an inclusion of more pictures from Sam Walton's years with Walmart such as a happy picture of him with his wife Helen. There is also a fascinating 1990 feature of HillaryClinton as Wal-Mart's Board of Directors. There is also a postscript by Rob Walton due to the fact that Sam Walton was in the final stages of his life when writing this book. There is much more featured in “Made in America” by Sam Walton for those who are curious to know more about the founder behind Walmart and the actual company of Walmart.
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