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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly witty and rather inspiring., 4 May 2011
This review is from: 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business (Paperback)
I like his writing in the FT and this book echoes his trademark wit, a sadly lacking talent in many books of this sort. A good "if you read one book, make it this one" overview on many of the big names in business thinking. Quick way to catch up on this, and sound ever so rather knowledgeable at your next board meeting/dinner party/interview. In short good value and rather good fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly enjoyable, 16 May 2011
This review is from: 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business (Paperback)
i bought this for my husband's birthday and read it cover to cover in the couple days before i wrapped it. unlike a lot of business books you could read this for enjoyment (and i'm more into fashion than business) its actually funny and brings a lot of the most powerful entrepreneurs to life. enough information to make informed conversation, without the myopic detail of full on biographies. great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative, 26 Aug. 2011
This review is from: 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business (Paperback)
Whilst this is a very easy book to read, thanks to the author's excellent writing that balances the facts with a wry humour, there is something far more satisfying about it too. I suspect that this is a by-product of two things: firstly, for anyone involved in business, the 28 people (with perhaps one exception) have left their mark on the business landscape we inhabit today: as with any history lesson, understanding the past helps explain an awful lot of what takes place today. Secondly, Rhymer Rigby enhances his analysis by judging the 'business thinkers', many of whom defined an era, in the broader context of how the world views them now. The result is a salutary lesson in how, despite its mask of considered seriousness, the world of business is as susceptible to fads, whimsy and short-sightedness as any individual you might care to name. Read it, you'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and original. A must read for aspiring entrepreneurs., 10 May 2011
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This review is from: 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business (Paperback)
A book full of fascinating insight into commercial ingenuity. Rhymer Rigby's engaging and accessible wit makes each profile as entertaining as it is informative. I would recommend this as the perfect gift - a must-read for any aspiring entrepreneur.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising little gem, 6 Jun. 2011
This review is from: 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business (Paperback)
I bought read - and to my delight and astonishment - thoroughly enjoyed this little gem from the FT's Rhymer Rigby.

Over the past decade or so a number of authors have sought to cash in on the management guru phenomenon by producing little primers on teh top gurus. I really dislike these texts because they are hagiologies masquerading as journalism. Rigby's book is different. It discusses important thinkers and practitioners who have been overlooked in previous compendia and perhaps more importantly it offers an intelligent, critical, appraisal of the ideas that are re-shaping management knowledge and practice.
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