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The Self-Made Man: Stress and Success American Style

The Self-Made Man: Stress and Success American Style
By Isadore Barmash
2003/09 - Beard Books
1587981580 - Paperback - Reprint  - 380 pp.
US$34.95

This riveting book examines some of the implications for the entrepreneur of tomorrow and offers some highly informative assessments of the future structure and direction of big business.

Publisher Comments

Categories: Banking & Finance | Biographies & Memoirs

This title is part of the Business Histories list.

Of Interest:

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An Entrepreneurial History of the United States

Dangerous Dreamers: The Financial Innovators from Charles Merrill to Michael Milken

Made in the USA: The History of American Business

The Entrepreneurs: Explorations Within the American Business Tradition

The Financial Giants in United States History

The Global Bankers

The Rise of Today's Rich and Super-Rich

The very successful businessman in America frequently is venerated as a national hero. This book is an eminently readable and often surprising analysis of this fascinating phenomenon. Cutting through caricatures and cliches, Barmash answers some salient questions: What propels the self-made man to fulfill his dreams of dynastic success? How does he withstand the burdens and stresses of his success? Beginning with a succinct account of the profit principle throughout history, Barmash goes on to describe the first tycoons in America, followed by interviews of dynamic innovators closer to our time. Throughout, he probes the intriguing characteristics of men whose imagination and drive parlayed small businesses into citadels of power.

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Isadore Barmash, a veteran business journalist and author, was associated with the New York Times for more than a quarter-century as business-financial writer and editor. He also contributed many articles for national media, Reuters America, and the Nikon Keizai Shimbun of Japan. He has published 13 books, including Macy's for Sale and Welcome to Our Conglomerate-You're Fired! He is listed in the 57th edition of Who's Who in America.

Preface
ONE Men and Momentum 1
1. From Noon to Dawn 1
2. The Success 9
3. The Conglomerators 15
4. Wildcatter to Wall Streeters 23
5. ...And the Stress 27
TWO Business Down Through History 34
1. The First 50,000 Years 34
2. Money, The Root of Change 41
3. Parallels: Civilization and Economics 43
4. Roman Glory, Roman Decay 45
5. Profit Raises the Blinds 47
6. The Guilds Come and Go 50
7. The Rise of the Money-Lenders 53
8. Lure of the New World 56
THREE Self-Made in America 58
1. Whence Such as These? 58
2. The First Tycoons 67
3. Girard: Man of Anathema 68
4. Astor: Trapper in Furs and Real Estate 70
5. Vanderbilt: The Commodore of Sail and Rail 72
6. Fisk: The First Businessman-Playboy 74
7. Gould: The Devil of Wall Street 75
8. Cooke: First of the Moderns 78
9. Rockefeller: Greatest of Planners and Conspirators 80
10. Carnegie: Steel Monopolist to Philanthropist 84
11. Morgan: Financial Jupiter 87
12. Ford: 15,000,000 Model T's From the Woodshed 91
13. What Were They? 94
FOUR Prototypes of Today 95
1. The Dynamic Innovators 95
2. David Sarnoff 97
3. William J. Levitt 106
4. David Schwartz 116
FIVE On a Psychoanalyst's Couch - I 127
1. X-raying the Psyche 127
2. The Businessman as Patient 132
3. Motivation 136
4. Happiness 142
SIX On a Psychoanalyst's Couch - II 148
1. Turn a Businessman Inside Out and...  148
2. The Family Relationship 154
3. The Marital Relationship 163
4. The Employee Relationship 168
5. Ethics and Morals 170
6. The Philanthropy, Culture and Humanity Kick 172
7. Some Conclusions from the Chair beside the Couch 173
SEVEN The Rulers of New York 180
1. Astride America's Distribution Channels 180
2. The Surprise Party 184
3. Albert A. List 186
4. Charles C. Bassine 188
5. Chester H. Roth 190
6. Eugene Ferkauf 193
7. The Two Sols 195
8. George Farkas 199
9. What They Do 202
10. The Trials and Triumphs of Meshulam Riklis 206
11. "You Want a Million? Two Million?" 213
12. The Tangled Web 217
13. The Future Not as the Past 220
EIGHT The Immigrant Entrepreneurs 222
1. Through the Golden Portals 222
2. Bluhdorn: Rider of the Gulf & Western Plains 226
3. The Simple World of One Immigrant 232
4. And Others Who Grabbed the Ring 238
5. "We Will Prosper Here" 240
6. The Trauma Runs Deep 245
NINE Sons of the Self-Made 248
1. The Complex Relationship 248
2. Tracing America's Dynastic Lifelines 258
The Astors, 258 The Vanderbilts, 260 The Rockefellers, 262 The Morgans, 264 The Fords, 265 The Mellons, 267 The Harrimans, 269 The du Ponts, 272 The Kennedys, 277
3. Changing Objectives 280
TEN Women Who Made It 286
1. Does It Matter if She's a Woman? 286
2. Hazel Bishop: Chemicals to Lipsticks to Stocks 291
3. Mary Wells: The "Now" Advertising Woman 293
4. Dorothy Schiff: Durable Amateur on Newspaper Row 296
5. Vera Neumann: "I Start Everything on As a Painting" 300
6. Ida Rosenthal: Brassieres from Paris to Papua 303
7. Olive Ann Beech: Up, Up, Up from Secretary to Aircraft Chief 305
8. Thinking Women All 308
9. Sometimes, It's Husband and Wife Together 314
10. Prospects for the Ladies 321
ELEVEN Shifting Opportunities -- Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs 323
1. The New Business Climate 323
2. The Changing Corporate Structure 328
3. The Negro Businessman 335
4. Shifting Opportunities 339
5. Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs 348
INDEX 355

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