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The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Ratner
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Book Description

In 1991, Gerald Ratner made a landmark speech to the Institute of Directors

After over 25 years in the jewellery trade, Gerald Ratner was one of the most well-known and successful retailers of his generation. He had built up a highly profitable, multi-million pound international business, including household names like Ratners, H Samuel, Ernest Jones, Watches of Switzerland, as well as over one thousand stores in the US. Being asked to give the keynote address at the Institute of Directors' annual conference at The Royal Albert Hall was a great honour and should have been the crowning glory on two decades of empire building.

Gerald's speech was seized upon by the media after he included jokes about the quality of some of the shops' products. But the far-reaching impact that these jokes would have no one could have predicted.

"Even though I had once had my name above hundreds of shops up and down the country, it had become more famous as a byword for crap. It took several years to realise just what an impact the speech had had on every aspect of my life."

Press coverage of hardback version:

"... a rollicking good read"
Michael Skapinker, The FT

"Most business autobiographies are so overlaid with ghost-writerly blandness that the character of the subject is lost. Mr Ratner had help with this one, but fortunately he is still there: obsessive, funny and a bit of a scoundrel - the last mitigated by how well he knows it."
The FT

"self-effacing, revealing and human"
Luke Johnson, FT Business Life

"A few ill-chosen words to a well-heeled audience 16 years ago reduced Britain's biggest jeweller to poverty. Now he reveals how he bounced back"
Jewish Chronicle

"...contains lessons for us all"
Management Today

"...worth its weight in gold"
The Independent

Amazon reviews

"Everyone knows the story of Gerald's rise and fall - what an amazing story and well worth reading.... I couldn't put it down, totally gripping and inspiring stuff, you really couldn't see this coming from such an energetic, passionate man"

"I have read many bio's from business leaders and most are boring 'how to get rich' or 'let me tell you a long list of not very interesting stories with all the good bits missed out'. Gerald's book is very different it is a great read, I could not put it down"

"Sobering and enlightening at the same time. A great read and a morality tale of our time."



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"...[a] rollicking read" ( Financial Times, Monday 29th October 2007)

"contains lessons for us all" (Management Today, November 2007)

"self–effacing, revealing and human."  (Financial Times, Wednesday 26th November 2007)

"...it is a compelling insight into retail history and the internal workings of a behemoth, international jewelry company."  (Idex Magazine – International Diamond Exchange, January 2008)

His jewellery might have been crap but his book isn t. This slim volume of memoirs is extremely readable... (The Independent, Extra, Thu 13th March)

a case study of how retailing nous shaped a winning formula on both sides of the Atlantic. (The Oldie, April 2008)

From the Inside Flap

In 1991, Gerald Ratner made a landmark speech to the Institute of Directors.

After over 25 years in the jewellery trade, Gerald Ratner was one of the most well–known and successful retailers of his generation. He had built up a highly profitable, multi–million pound international business, including household names like Ratners, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones and Watches of Switzerland, as well as over one thousand stores in the US. Being asked to give the keynote address at the Institute of Director′s annual conference at The Royal Albert Hall was a great honour and should have been the crowning glory of two decades of empire building.

But his speech was seized upon by the media after he included jokes about the quality of some of his shops′ products. No one could have predicted the far–reaching impact these jokes would have.

"Even though I had once had my name above hundreds of shops up and down the country, it had become more famous as a byword for crap. It took several years to realise just what an impact the speech had had on every aspect of my life."


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (15 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906465290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906465292
  • ASIN: B0062OBIOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 26 Nov. 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I never met Gerald although i worked in the jewellery trade for many years which is why this book appealed to me ,everyone knows the story of Geralds rise and fall and what an amazing story and well worth reading ,so many things i thought i knew but didn't , I usually read a chapter a night of any book but this one i couldn,t put down totally gripping and inspiring stuff ,you really couldn,t see this coming to such an energetic ,passionate man.
Some valuable life and business lessons to be gleaned from this book also a great book for would be enterpreneurs and also a moving fascinating story and a nice account of Geralds early life , the honesty and sincerity of the author shines through , i really enjoyed it , i was feeling down before i read it but its really spurred me on and makes you realize just what you can achieve and what really matters i give it five gold stars ....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing read 1 Dec. 2007
Format:Hardcover
I have read many bio's from business leaders and most are boring 'how to get rich' or 'let me tell you a long list of not very interesting stories, with all the good bits missed out'. Gerald's book is very different it is a great read, I could not put it down. If he wrote it, he has a great writing skill. The story is so interesting because he has nothing to hide, the papers have dragged everything out over the years and worse, so his version of events is amazing and shocking and show the classic British media's love of building people up and knocking them down. His detail of all the events is very useful and very educational. A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing business biography 31 Dec. 2007
Format:Hardcover
In an often boring genre dominated by US titles like How to Get Rich and Stay Rich it is refreshing to see an honestly written business autobiography that acknowledges that dynasties, luck (good and bad), contacts and the age one operates in play as much as a part as business acumen. It's a great story because it covers ups and downs: failed business 'stars' rarely come out from under their stones.
My only niggle was Gerald's mis-spelling of some of the prominent business names of the era. He or a proof reader has done the book a disservice as Sir Hector Laing becomes Sir Hector Lang, Roger Seelig (who figures frequently)is now Roger Selig, Paine Webber is Payne Webber and Bejam were apparently Beejam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every would-be entrepreneur should read this 4 Jan. 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book is a great antidote to all those books out there telling you how great British business is and how great the City is. The guy made a mistake and boy did he pay for it.
Sobering and enlightening at the same time. A great read and a morality tale of our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Factual, Inspirational, and Entertaining 14 Dec. 2007
Format:Hardcover
Essential reading for any ex-employees ( of which I am one, and proud ), and anyone requiring an interesting and motivational read. Extremely well written with complete frankness and honesty. Highly reccomended !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and a Great Man 5 Jun. 2009
By Mirage
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I worked for Gerald Ratner so reading this book was a deeper insight into his highs and lows of the Ratners empire and his life, it's great to see that he is now back on top where he should be, one mistake cost him everything and he well deserves a second chance - 10/10 for this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable... 31 Mar. 2008
Format:Hardcover
I read this and couldnt put it down... Reading the transcript of the speech is eye opening...

Ill probably even use his new online service now - its true what they say, people buy from people...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 30 May 2014
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting how Gerald was humbled by his mis timed speech. It goes to show that one unfortunately mistake can change the outcome of your life. I have no doubt that if Gerald had used a different 1990 speech instead of the capitalist 1980s speech he would still be the Managing Director of the largest jewelry company on the planet. This book also provides insight on management boards can really throw you under the bus when your down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Thomas Keogh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This has been passed round the family and enjoyed by everyone
Published 4 months ago by Mrs K
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Published 6 months ago by Louis '64
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read and captivating story
I heard Gerald speak at a conference, and prior to that had heard about his fall from the top. This book captures an easy to read and captivating story of someone who was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
great reading for 1 penny
Published 9 months ago by BMPete
5.0 out of 5 stars Dispeller of Myths.
Apart from an explanation of the myths behind his epic fall from grace this book paints an accurate portrait of the lifestyle, attitudes and ambitions that existed in the 50's,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jazzy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Business Really Happens
This is an honest business auto-biography. There is no trumpet blowing, egotistical statements or false modesty that you find in other books of this genre. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Felixport
4.0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall...and rise again,Gerald Ratner
I thoroughly enjoyed this.I worked for the firm, making and converting a lot of 'Ratner' shops,and his house at Bray, it was a buzz working for him, I liked the guy, and the book... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by pego mike
5.0 out of 5 stars book book! unbeliabuble
since reading this book i have built a small shrine to the ratner business and gerald, i booming love it!
Published on 26 Jan. 2011 by C. J. Mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly honest
Great read - refreshingly honest, warts and all!
Good to read a biog actually penned by the subject.
Thanks Gerald!
Published on 22 Feb. 2010 by Darren Leigh
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