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Sam Walton (Made in America)
Published in Library Binding by The Rourke Book Company, Inc. (1993)
Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg
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Better than an MBA
Reading what Sam Walton did in WalMart in such a short time is better than what any course can teach you in years. This is definetely an investment for your business.

Sam Walton & Wal-Mart
Published in Hardcover by Doubleday Books (2000)
Author: Sam Walton
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a person dreaming of becoming the nations largest retailer
Sam Walton was always competitive. Before building his retail empire he worked at a JC Penney store and then worked at a Ben Franklin Store. He wanted to become the largest retailer in the nation instead his retail store became the largest in the world. At first his store was named Walton 5-10 but he changed it to Wal-Mart. He did have another store as well called Sams wholesale club but was shortened to Sams Club. Sams Club is the largest warehouse store while Wal-Mart is the largest retail store. I wont say anymore about his stores but he had a dream and his dream came true. There is also a Wal-Mart cheer and he has rules for following a business. He followed those rules and it worked for him. The point is he had a dream and it came true. I mean not anyone can build the largest retial opperation in the world. If you really believe in yourself it just might come true. There are eighteen chapters in this book. Here are the chapters in order.

1 Learning to Value a Dollar
2 Starting on a Dime
3 Bouncing Back
4 Swimming Upstream
5 Raising a Family
6 Recuiting the Team
7 Taking the Company Public
8 Rolling Out the Formula
9 Building the Partnership
10 Stepping Back
11 Creating a Culture
12 Making the Costumer Number One
13 Meeting the Competition
14 Expanding the Circles
15 Thinking Small
16 Giving Something Back
17 Running a Successful Company:Ten Rules That Worked for Me
18 Wanting to Leave a Legacy
* A Prostscript

* Co-Author's Note
* Index
Well those are the 18 chapters that Sam Walton himself and John Huey wrote. Its pretty much all about Sam Waltons life and his success behind it. Its a great book even if you don't like the guy or his stores. It also gives you good advice on making a business. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Wal-Mart and/or wants to know more about business.

A Must Read for Dreamers

Sam not only makes you dream big but inspires you to follow your dreams.
For someone not having 'lived' the 60s and 70s in small town America, it was an insight into the All American values of old.
My business and personal links with Wal-Mart testify to how Sam's basic values are still a driving force at Wal-Mart

It is a book that makes you dream and gives you 10 rules to achieve your dream.
I read only one - it was all I needed.
The rule was 'Swim Upstream - Break all the Rules'.

- Murtuza Vasowalla

A Retailing Bible For Just Seven Bucks
Think about it. A small time variety store retailer out of Bentonville Arkansas creates the most power retailing jaggernaut of all time, and right in the faces of powerhouses like Sears, K-Mart and JC Penny. If you are in any kind of a business with customers, you will benefit from this book, and experiencing the laser like focus Sam had on delivering the absolute best in his stores. Walton is to retailing what Jordon was to basketball, an absolute master of his art. I read this book several years ago, and as a retailer, I still refer to it, as much for the specific business tactics as to remind myself as to how Sam thought about things, and how he managed his people. An absolute classic.

Sam Walton: The Inside Story of America's Richest Man
Published in Paperback by Signet (1991)
Author: Vance H. Trimble
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Looks at Sam Walton as A Pleasant Businessperson
An outsider provides insights into Sam Walton who believed in slogans like We Sell For Less and Satisfaction Guaranteed. The book contains some photographs which are now on display at the Walton's Wal-Mart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Good Old boy In a not so good world
REVIEW Sam Walton's biography is compelling story about his road to success. It is about how a poor man who started out with nothing but determination ended up as the richest man in America. The extraordinarily researched book of of his life digs into what makes this man think and act the way he does. The book reveals other peoples views on him including some of his rivals. If your lookin for a Good Ol boy in a day were there hard to find than you found your book.

In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and Wal-Mart, the World's Most Powerful Retailer
Published in Paperback by Times Books (21 March, 2000)
Author: Bob Ortega
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A tale of two Wal-Marts
Organizations reflect the people in charge. IN SAM WE TRUST by Bob Ortega tells how, after the death of founder Sam Walton, Wal-Mart department stores lost its way with both employees and the public.

According to IN SAM WE TRUST, Sam Walton made Wal-Mart employees and customers feel as though he cared about them even when his business practices said otherwise. With at least false hope, those people continued working and shopping at Wal-Mart.

Sam Walton died in 1992, and, as IN SAM WE TRUST tells it, subsequent Wal-Mart leadership did not care nor pretend to care about people. The book's final chapters document just how cold Wal-Mart headquarters became.

Everyday low prices? Yes. Everyday people? Only on Sly Stone's greatest hits album. Read IN SAM WE TRUST.

A fascinating History of America
This is an excellent book. It's not merely the account of a powerful businessman and how he sahped a company. It's also an account of modern American socio-economic history. Ortega expalins hoe Sam Walton maanged to take advantage of changes that were occurring in demographic distribution, technology and savvy business techniques from those who taught him and his competitors. Ortega provides a history of retailing in the USA from the late 19th century and explains the success of the modern outlet store in terms of its roots in the catalogue stores, department stores and demographic distribution. The history of the WalMart company is told by focusing on its relentless founder Sam Walton. ortega reveals Walton's hiring processes, the reasons that led him to develop the worker profit-sharing programs and how the ideas of the cheer and other details, now familiar to any Wal Mart shopper, came to be. Ortega does not set out to accuse Walton, he lets the story speak for itself and the reader can decide whether or not they wish to continue shopping there. All in all this Business profile is well worth reading.

A book everyone should read
I started reading this book when I was looking for a topic for one of my term papers (I had thought about writing a paper on Wal-Mart). When I decided to do my paper on sweatshops, I still used the book for reference purposes --especially on the infamous Kathie Lee Gifford/Wal-Mart/sweatshop scandal. However, I couldn't put it down. I would read a few pages and then I would need to know what happened before and what happened after. The book is very informative and well-written but I think the writing is accessibly to most people. It's an interesting book that offers a view of Wal-Mart that most of us don't get to see. It doesn' bash the retail-giant, but it provides us with a perspective of a business built by a determined man and what that business has meant to the country since it's beginning. I really enjoyed reading this book and I think a lot of you out there would as well.

In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and How Wal-Mart Is Devouring America
Published in Hardcover by Times Books (1998)
Author: Bob Ortega
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High profits, but at what cost?
Bob Ortega's book In Sam We Trust describes how one of the world's largest retailers developed. Sam Walton, the ambitious businessman, started from small five-dime store and through his frugal ways created a 129 billion-dollar company. Sam Walton strongly believed that the only way to make high profits was to lower prices and gain profit from large volumes of goods. This book discusses the rivalries that Sam Walton encountered through his success, JC Penny, Kmart and Sears, were some of his competitors. His idea of developing stores on the edge of small towns allowed him to eliminate such competition. Also, by advancing and taking risks in investing in new technology, which was obsolete in other competitor stores, he was able to devour the market world. Furthermore, looking through Bob Ortega's eyes, it seemed as though the man didn't respect nor believe in Walton's ways of making money. Despite Ortega's feelings on that subject, he was still able to explain both aspects of Sam Walton's life, which was his company. Sam Walton wanted to devour America with his low prices, but the question continues, are the low prices worth the cost? If you are interested in opening a business or brightening your horizons of business knowledge this is the book for you. It entangles you in a different world, the inside of a dirty and profitable business.

Bob Ortega's excellent study of America's largest private employer (728,000 workers in 1997) is truly food for thought not only about Wal-Mart as a retail organization, its leaders, and its impact on America, but also about the direction America was headed into at the close of the 20th century.

Ortega's book, IN SAM WE TRUST: The Untold Story Of Sam Walton And How Wal-Mart Is Devouring America (1998) was widely reviewed as hostile to Wal-Mart and those who support it, but one cannot help but notice an overall tone of admiration in Ortega's book at the success of Wal-Mart's well documented rapacity and avarice, and the fact that its bottom line big dollar success was only possible because it's enormous customer base have voted with their feet and their pocket books to keep it going and growing.

Author Bob Ortega is a Princeton grad later schooled at the Columbia U. Journalism School, well known along with the U. of Missouri Journalism School as the most prestigious in America. He's also a WALL STREET JOURNAL employee. For all of the pretentions IN SAM WE TRUST (1998) makes of being a true muck-raking tome, the author's WALL STREET JOURNAL mentality and morality shines through to any who examine his book closely.

When all is said and done, Ortega has written a book which admires Wal-Mart, and is likely to do that organization no harm whatever. His provided backgrounder information about the nasty and unpleasant side of Wal-Mart doesn't affect the bottom-line, to use a phrase near and dear to Wal-Mart management, and to Ortega's mentor newspaper, the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

The book reminds me of the extravagant PATTON (1969) movie which appeared in the middle of the War In Vietnam, and told the story of General George S. Patton, Jr. and his activities during World War II. The expensive movie (for which the main actor won an Academy Award) provided very critical material about Gen. Patton, and showed his failures and personal problems in some detail. But, all in all, it was a hagiography which was said to have been screened often in the Nixon White House, and which the pro-war people of the Vietnam War era loved. For all its criticism, the movie admired Patton, and was a PR piece for pushy generals, the U.S. Army, and war as a catagory of human activity.

It's doubtful that Wal-Mart bigshots at company HQ in Bentonville, Arkansas lost any sleep over this book. Wal-Mart profits were probably boosted as a result of the book. After all, it provided more publicity about Wal-Mart. As movie star Erol Flynn was supposed to have said often, "I don't care what the newspapers say about me...just make sure they spell my name right."

All this said, the book DOES reveal many interesting facts about Wal-Mart and by reflection, about America these days.

Wal-Mart's status as America's largest private employer is discussed. By 1997, Wal-Mart had long since passed General Motors Corp. to achieve this status. The kind of work offered by Wal-Mart and other "big-box" type discount and "catagory killer" chains... had REPLACED manufacturing to become the dominant new blue-collar job in the United States. This kind of job offered far lower wages, fewer benefits, and less job security than the old manufacturing type job it replaced.

Ortega says the WALL STREET JOURNAL compared GM jobs with Wal-Mart jobs in 1997 and noted that the average GM wage was $19. per hour; at Wal-Mart $7.50 per hour. With benefits included, GM compensation was worth $44. per hour; Wal-Mart's (for those who get benefits) was $10. per hour. Ortega rightfully concludes (but isn't necessarily unhappy about the fact that) Wal-Mart has become a mirror for the new American workplace where Federal employment figures showed that more than 30 percent of American workers hold only part-time or temporary jobs.

It's safe to conclude that when the new #1 employer in America offers less than 25% of income provided by the old #1 employer, Americans as a group are getting poorer.

IN SAM WE TRUST (1998) states that when a new Wal-Mart store arrives in a community, 75% of its profits are drawn from trade previously enjoyed by small, often "Ma and Pa" stores many of which cannot stand against Wal-Mart competition and soon close down. Author Orgega refers to this as "strip-mining" local commerce previously but no longer owned and operated locally, and uniquely responsive to local needs and pressures.

If Wal-Mart ever become history, and its services become unavailable in the 3000 plus locations where it now operates, the loss of the centrally controlled organization would impact the lives of many, many Americans. The re-establishment of the many small business Wal-Mart bull-dozed into oblivion is not likely to provide relief to these Americans.

All this is worth thinking about, and for that reason, Bob Ortega's book IN SAM WE TRUST: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and How Wal-Mart Is Devouring American (1998) is worth buying and re-reading often.

"Jaws" of retailing; Ortega reveals gore behind the Wal.
In only 36 years, Wal-Mart grew from one store into the largest, most efficient retailer on earth. More people work directly for Sam Walton's corporate Goliath than for any other private-sector employer in North America. At least one-third of all Wal-Mart workers earn less than $17,000 per year and have no benefits; this is corporate policy. And since Sam's death in 1992, Wal-Mart's international operations are expanding rapidly in Europe, Mexico, and South America, with the officially stated intent to "Wal-Martize" the world.

"IN SAM WE TRUST" explains, in living color and for the first time, exactly what being "Wal-Martized" means, both outside and inside the company. As I followed Walton's family and business history, I encountered virtually every major name in the past 150 years of American merchandising. Readers will also discover that Sam Walton did not invent the retailing innovations he is known for, which he deftly wove into the corporate fabric of his avaricious chain of "low price" stores, but which he borrowed (or bought) from others.

Although universally known for folksy visits to his own stores (arriving in his old pickup or perhaps his quail hunting "dog car"), "Mr. Sam" made a point of always knowing what his competitors were doing. He habitually scouted individual stores of competitive chains (even on family outings and vacations), striking up conversations with sales clerks, managers, cashiers ... in order to learn what worked and what didn't, but also to meet experienced, hard-working managers he could lure away to Wal-Mart. The genius of Sam Walton was to use anything and everything (and EVERYONE) so as to slash company costs to the bone. At Wal-Mart the Almighty Buck is king and the Bottom Line motivates every move.

In chronicling how Walton shopped the competition, Bob Ortega weaves a fascinating, authoritative view of the many corporate players and the top executives of the retailing sector of our economy; we get an in-depth look at successes and failures that mark the rise and fall of some of the biggest names in corporate America. In the early 1800s, "consumers" did not exist; today, they comprise the single, most important engine driving our economy. "IN SAM WE TRUST" proves, year by year and in situation after situation, how this transformation occurred,and early in the book the reader acquires a sort of "You Are There" feeling.

Above all else, Wal-Mart is a company motivated solely by a "bottom line mentality," built upon a foundation of PR grotesquely at odds with the facts. But most disturbing of all, in Ortega's view, is that the Wal's modus operandi is rapidly becoming today's paradigm for corporate culture and success in the future. For those who intend to hang around for that future, as businessperson, consumer, or plain vanilla resident of AnyTown, USA, this book is MUST reading. Most probably, "IN SAM WE TRUST" is destined to become a textbook in business schools throughout North America.

The Wal-Mart Decade: How a New Generation of Leaders Turned Sam Walton's Legacy into the World's #1 Company
Published in Hardcover by Portfolio (29 May, 2003)
Author: Robert Slater
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this is a joke
this book says nothing about a company that has become a monster by developing an outstanding distribution system. That is really what Wal-Mart is all about.
The book says Wal-Mart adapted by beefing up its PR department. Anyone who has ever talked with the PR department at Wal-Mart knows that even at the top they are a bunch of underpaid, underqualified fools.
This lacks the meat it needs and does not deal with reality of good or bad with the company.

This should have been published by Wal-Mart's PR department
A very shallow analysis of Wal-Mart's growth over the past ten years, providing little insight on how the managment charted the course of the Company following Sam Walton's death.

The main thrust of the book is Wal-Mart's culture, which is certainly strong. The author uses interviews with Wal-Mart senior executives as the primary vehicle to narrate "highlights" of the past ten years, rather than providing an analysis of how key decisions made by these executives have led the Company to the top of the Fortune 500. I can't believe that there is no mention of how Wal-Mart and Procter and Gamble worked to integrate their supply chain during the period, which was a key ingredient to their success in the past ten years!

For the history of Wal-Mart and Sam Walton, stick with "Made in America", Walton's memoir with John Huey. For better insight to the engine behind Wal-Mart's growth, search out articles from Harvard Business Review (e.g., on the Wal-Mart/P&G supply chain from 1994) and other management journals. These sources will certainly be less "rah rah Wal-Mart" and will provide more details on the what was actually done and spare you the executive reflections on "what Mr. Sam would think" of today's Wal-Mart.

Hmm, how do you manage a billion dollar corporation like Wal-Mart with over a million employees?? well, this book will answer the billion dollar question(literally) for all that is curious. The story is very interesting as it detailed the operating model of Wal-Mart during its early days when Sam Walton was flying around and visiting all the Wal-Mart stores and personally jote down comments from his employees on his yellow notepad. wow! By the end of the book, I feel like I know Sam pretty well and really admire his character as he stood his ground and refused to give in to bureaucratics and politics, be true to himself and hold on to his personal beliefs. The author did an excellent job in giving us the "insider scope" of how Sam's successors has managed to take Wal-Mart to a whole new level and bring it to international visiblity after Sam left. I left this book with a strong 'Wal-Mart spirit' deeply engraved in me. All-in-all, a very entertaining and inspiring read!!

Dillard's: The First Fifty Years
Published in Hardcover by Univ of Arkansas Pr (1988)
Authors: Leon Joseph Rosenberg and Sam Walton
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Higher Than the Top: Dave Thomas, Orville Redenbacher, Wally Amos, Gayle Miller, Bill Bowerman, and 18 Others
Published in Paperback by Dimensions for Living (1993)
Authors: Dave Thomas, Sam Walton, and Wally Amos
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In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and How Wal-Mart Is Devouring the World
Published in Paperback by Kogan Page (16 September, 1999)
Author: Bob Ortega
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Money Grows on Trees: How to Make, Manage, and Master Money
Published in Paperback by Howard Publishing (1994)
Authors: Alton H. Howard and Sam Walton
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