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The Four-Window Girl, Or, How to Make More Money Than Men [Kindle Edition]

Shepherd Mead , Grant Turck

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Book Description

There are two kinds of women who work, says Shepherd Mead, author of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and How to Get Rich in TV without Really Trying. One is the Working Girl, the handmaiden of business: she does what men tell her to do-she types, totes coffee, gripes in her cubicle. The other kind is the Career Girl: she thinks like a man, acts like a woman, and can soon end up in a four-window office making more money than anybody.

Marie Frale, new employee at American Household Products, hadn't put many carbons in backward before she got the point.

No drone, she.

It wasn't long before Marie was conniving and psychologizing her way up, up, up. This book tells the story of her dazzling rise from cubbyhole to conference room. Reading it may make you laugh, but some men will find it a sobering if not actually unnerving experience. Here is a new type of femme fatale. It isn't just her figure that gets her to the top, but the way she figures-and her way makes Machiavelli look like Whistler's mother.

Though Shepherd Mead's new novel may seem at first glance to be all for fun, women will at once perceive its down-to-earth usefulness. To the more innocent male executive we say: Read it instantly and be warned. This book is the definitive work on the Four-Window Girl. It also has some definitive things to say about love. Marie is not above losing her heart to a three-window man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3867 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Edward Shepherd Mead Estate (21 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NNR7C6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,694,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Shepherd Mead (1914-1994) was one of those men dogged by success. At 22, the quiet Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University left his native St. Louis for New York and joined the mail room of a large corporation - as does J. Pierrepont Finch, the leading character (who is by now a sort of folk hero) in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Like Finch, Mead rose to the top. It was, in fact, while he was a Vice President, inhabiting a huge office with four windows, that he wrote "How to Succeed in Business." It remained 12 weeks on the best seller list and was followed by several novels on big business, one of which, "The Admen," sold more than two million copies.

In 1957, Shepherd Mead vacationed with his family in Europe and decided to remain there to live. Meanwhile, back home, Abe Burrows and Frank Loesser were concocting from "How to Succeed in Business" the Broadway musical comedy success that went on to win the Pulitzer, the New York Drama Critics, and almost every other known prize.

Like J. Pierrepont Finch, Mead's caricature of a business man, Mead became a sort of folk hero in his own right - but a folk hero with a message.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Mad Men meets Confessions of a Shopoholic 27 July 2012
By H. E. Roberts - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Four Window Girl, or How to Make More Money Than a Man. Keep in mind, of course, this book was originally published in 1959 and written by a man. By today's standards it may seem laughably chauvinistic, but that's part of the fun and the charm of reading the book.

If you look past the slightly sexist nature of the story, this book actually offers tactics that work. As a "girl" working in the world of marketing and advertising for over 20 years, I've used some of the same "flimflam larceny and feline skulduggery" that Marie employs in order to move up. And maybe that's why I enjoyed this book so much: It rings true even today.

This is a super quick read (took me about three hours) and fun from beginning to end. The only reason I rated it 4 stars rather than five is because there are many typos that appear to be the kind made by OCR software.
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Its Age, But Still Humorous 7 Jun. 2013
By DrPat - Published on
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If you've read Mead's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", or even seen the movie musical, you might expect the limitations of this humorous short novel. Women are consistently "girls", and are expected to make their way in the business world by conning and manipulating men (their bosses, mostly), or by doing all the work for which their boss takes credit.

After a wlldly funny consultation with a representative from the bank about her late husband's finances (she is confused by the differences between "savings", "income" and "loan payments"), young widow Marie Frale concludes that she needs to find work to support her young son. She lands a position at "Household", exactly the kind of huge, bustling, confusion-laden corporation Mead's narrator recommends in "How to Succeed".

And from there, she simply applies her own brand of management talent, treating most of the men she works for as if they were children to be guided, or misguided chaps that she can set on the right path.

Yes, the frequent OCR-typos were annoying, but hardly enough to slow down my reading, and the occasional New-Yorker style illustrations contributed immensely to the story. You will need to remember the age for which this story was written (the late 1950s and early 60s) to overlook the mid-20th-century cultural flavor of the tale, but still Mrs. Frale and her manipulated men are a delight to meet.

And you'll love (or maybe hate) the way she finally succeeds in becoming that ultimate success, the four-window girl!
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