2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book seems to have been written primarily because the author learned about the existence of boxes of Thomas Watson's papers that had never been read by any biographer or journalist. In some cases, the author's access to these new materials does help fill in some minor gaps in the existing accounts of Watson's life. And cumulatively, they take some of the shine off the legend, impressing upon one how humdrum the daily life of even a business titan must be. This book is reasonably well written and packed with memorable anecdotes. While it doesn't offer stunning new insights, we recommends it as a readable, accessible and balanced introduction to one of the greatest executives of the twentieth century.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating and important exploration of the Watson archives. I think this is a powerful account that is both readable and authoritative, a rare mixture. Watson bequeathed a culture to IBM that earned it not only dominance but a huge global influence on business and government and the very business of management. It claims that the Japanese copied IBM in its culture and shows how Watson was the pre-eminent businessman up to the Second World War as well is creating a foundation for the second half of the century.