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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 26 Nov 2007
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Mr. J. Fulton (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
This review is from: Gerald Ratner: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again (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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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
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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
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P. E. Allen "Peter Allen" (Lincolnshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly honest, 22 Feb 2010
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Great read - refreshingly honest, warts and all!
Good to read a biog actually penned by the subject.
Thanks Gerald!
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable..., 31 Mar 2008
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Nigel Walsh (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing business biography, 31 Dec 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dispeller of Myths., 3 Feb 2014
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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, 60's and 70's. For anyone who grew up in North West London during the fifties, this is a must read. Its very well written, human story and a real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Business Really Happens, 24 Aug 2013
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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. If you want to learn about some of the mistakes that can be made when running a business - Ratner tells them with refreshing honesty.
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