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Gerald Ratner: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again Hardcover – 19 Oct 2007
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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)
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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."See all Product description
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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 ....
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.
Sobering and enlightening at the same time. A great read and a morality tale of our time.
I used to work for Gerald and can truly say he was a great boss- he had a slighty different sense of humour but always visable around the office and very personable and charasmatic and knew everybody's names
About half way throught the book now, after owning it for 2 hours and it is a truthful account of his life at Ratners well written and accurate- his style of writing is truthful like his "infamous speech" and if there is one cristism it maybe a little bit truthful- he speaks as he finds
i will carry on reading but i am a avid reader of biographies such as this and this is one book i have awaited 21 years to read!
HIs respect for other buisnessmen is apparent and refers to Mr Hussien as "Mr" as he is older and refers to his friends or co directors by their first names and Jack Ratner as "Uncle jack" - Old fashioned like his values but modern thinking in an era that truly bucked the trend at the time
This book is a must if you worked in the organisation during the 80's and early 90's and for everbody else and honest account of a very succesful business during the thatcher years.
Gerald Ratner along with Branson, Roddick, Halpern and Davies were the "architects" of today's "high street" bringing us multiple retailing from the early 80's as we know it today for good or for bad! and for that reason will go down in history
That's a book i would like to see "the architects of the multiple retail"
maybe i should write it?
One last tale - I used to run a ratners football team for the staff and when gerald heard this summond me to his office and asked if he could play?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As an ex employee who met him on many occasions I found this book to an interesting read. It was wide of the mark in many points, totally disparaging about my old boss Andrew... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kent Boy
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 morePublished on 1 Oct. 2014 by Dan