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The Maverick: Dispatches from an unrepentant capitalist

The Maverick: Dispatches from an unrepentant capitalist [Kindle Edition]

Luke Johnson
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"Independent, unorthodox, even bloody minded - Johnson can be all of these and it's what makes him worth reading. The Maverick amounts to an analysis of how we've done business this past decade and holds valuable lessons for the next one." -- Peter Bazalgette, Chief Creative Officer of Endemol Group and Chairman Endemol UK

"Johnson knows a lot about an amazing range of business subjects and has thoughtful views about the controversial ones." -- Alistair Blair, Investors Chronicle - Books of the Year

"Magpies who like their wisdom in 900 word gobbets will enjoy every page." -- Investors Chronicle

"The Maverick column displays original thinking that often challenges conventional opinion - Luke Johnson's views are provocative and worth reading." -- Michael Spencer, founder and Chief Executive, ICAP

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For eight years between 1998 and 2006, Luke Johnson wrote a regular column as 'The Maverick' in The Sunday Telegraph. His short, pithy essays tackled subjects ranging from rich lists to bankrupt companies, from high finance to investment techniques, from philanthropy to trophy wives, bringing a practitioner's eye to the commercial world and the people in it. The Maverick quickly developed a cult following among readers who wanted to understand the blunt truth about investment, entrepreneurs, business history, and corporate life. This book brings together 84 of the best articles, with updates, in a single volume. What makes them unique is that Luke Johnson is not just a first-class writer, he is also one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs. He made his name with PizzaExpress, has run and owned businesses in many different sectors, and now takes stakes in fast-growing businesses through his company, Risk Capital Partners. He is also Chairman of Channel 4. The diversity of his experience enables him to write with insight and perspective about the very serious matter of making and losing money. If you are in business, you will find The Maverick entertaining, informative and inspiring. If you are not in business, you will discover what makes business people tick, the hurdles they have to overcome to succeed, and the substantial benefits they bring to society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905641400
  • Publisher: Harriman House (20 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SCQG4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few business books worth reading 14 May 2007
Funny isn't it? - most business books are written by academics, consultants, and management theoreticians - people who have never run a business in their lives. Here, for once, is a book by the real deal: someone who has started companies, grown them to a decent size, had a few failures along the way, but proved that he can cut the mustard.

Johnson's writing is superb. Mercifully free of claptrap jargon, pseudo-science, and all that motivational bunkum you get. He writes simply, is refreshingly opinionated, and backs up his opinions with evidence. The book's so good that it should be made required reading on every business course in the country. No chance of that, of course! The people who teach business courses prefer arcane and useless theory to practical reality.

If you want something amusing, insightful and informative to read on holiday this year, this hits the spot. I'd rate it as one of the best - and certainly the most enjoyable - business books I've read in the last 3 years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little essays...but some lack depth 7 Jan 2008
I liked this book. It has a a series of short, concise and incisive essays on a whole manner of business topics. My only criticism is that all the essays are quite short and some of them lack depth and leave you wanting more of an answer that what is given. I suppose that's fair enough though - the book clearly states that they are articles from the author's newspaper column, so its not unreasonable they are short and to the point. Worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Healthy Dollop of Capitalism : YAY ! 13 Aug 2010
An excellent book , a compilation of the author's newspaper articles . Both educational and entertaining to the reader . And there is no fluff nor padding , straight into the meat of each issue .. .. In my financial " heaven " we'd have more treatises from Luke Johnson .. .. .. and a damn sight fewer from Messers Kiyosaki & Trump !
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