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Biography: business & industry

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Tim Cook

Tim Cook

Author: Leander Kahney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2021

In 2011, Tim Cook took on an impossible task - following in the footsteps of one of history's greatest business visionaries, Steve Jobs. Facing worldwide scrutiny, Cook (who was often described as shy, unassuming and unimaginative) defied all expectations. Under Cook's leadership Apple has soared: its stock has nearly tripled to become the world's first trillion-dollar company. From the massive growth of the iPhone to new victories like the Apple Watch, Cook is leading Apple to a new era of success. But he's also spearheaded a cultural revolution within the company. Since becoming CEO, Cook has introduced a new style of management that emphasizes kindness, collaboration and honesty, and has quietly pushed Apple to support sexual and racial equal rights and invest heavily in renewable energy. Drawing on authorized access with several Apple insiders, Kahney, the world's leading reporter on Apple, tells the inspiring story of how one man attempted to replace the irreplaceable and succeeded better than anyone thought possible. Leander Kahney has covered Apple for more than a dozen years and has written four popular books about Apple and the culture of its followers, including Inside Steve's Brain and Jony Ive. The former news editor for Wired.com, he is currently the editor and publisher of CultofMac.com. He lives in San Francisco.

Ernest Mercier

Ernest Mercier

Author: Richard F. Kuisel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1967.

Ernest Mercier

Ernest Mercier

Author: Richard F. Kuisel Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1967.

Billion Dollar Start-up

Billion Dollar Start-up

Author: Adam Miron, Sebastien St-Louis, Julie Beun Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Whale Hunt in the Desert

Whale Hunt in the Desert

Author: Deke Castleman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2020

Jet Man

Jet Man

Author: Duncan Campbell-Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2020

The story of Frank Whittle - RAF pilot, mathematician of genius, inventor of the jet engine and British hero. In 1929, a twenty-two-year-old maverick named Frank Whittle - a self-taught aeronautical obsessive and risk-takingly brilliant RAF pilot - presented a blueprint for a revolutionary, jet-powered aircraft engine to the Air Ministry. His idea had the potential to change the course of history, but it was summarily rejected. In this magisterial and meticulously researched biography, Duncan Campbell-Smith charts Whittle's stoic efforts to build his jet engine in the interwar years, during which he endured the mortification of seeing his ground-breaking design blocked by bureaucratic opposition until the outbreak of war in 1939. Eventual recognition of the importance of his work by the British government came too late for Whittle's invention to play a major part in the Second World War, but after the war his dream of civilian jet-powered aircraft became a reality and Britain enjoyed a golden age of jet-powered flight in the 1950s. As well as tracing the labyrinthine odyssey of Whittle's ultimately successful development of his jet engine in the teeth of official indifference, Jet Man offers a memorable evocation of a boffins' world of scientists mobilised to drive forward Britain's war effort, and paints a remarkable portrait of a diminutive, chain-smoking, anxiety-raddled genius who lived a life of immense achievement but also appalling psychological anguish. Gripping in its narrative, authoritative in its technical detail and insightful in its judgements, Jet Man is the definitive telling of the life of an engineering icon and unjustly neglected British hero of the Second World War - and a tantalizing tale of 'what might have been'. Reviews for Jet Man: 'A very well-written and long overdue corrective account of an extraordinary man' James Hamilton-Paterson, author of Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World 'Highly readable, and based on thorough research, Jet Man casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle and his revolutionary invention. The tale of how he overcame all the obstacles in his path is a gripping one. What also makes Duncan Campbell-Smith's narrative compelling is the way the complex mechanics of jet propulsion are so clearly explained' Leo McKinstry, author of Lancaster: The Second World War's Greatest Bomber

The Billionaire Who Wasn't

The Billionaire Who Wasn't

Author: Conor O'Clery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

This substantially updated edition of the Business Week bestseller and an Economist Best Book of the year tells the story of the secretive billionaire-turned-philanthropist, who is determined to give away his fortune before he dies.Chuck Feeney was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to a blue-collar Irish-American family during the Depression. After service in the Korean War, he made a fortune as founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world's largest duty-free retail chain. By 1988, he was hailed by Forbes Magazine as the twenty-fourth richest American alive. But secretly Feeney had already transferred all his wealth to his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. Only in 1997 when he sold his duty free interests, was he outed as one of the greatest and most mysterious American philanthropists in modern times. After going underground again, he emerged in 2005 to cooperate on a biography promoting giving while living. Now in his mid-seventies, Feeney is determined his foundation should spend down the remaining 4 billion in his lifetime.

Sold to the Man With the Tin Leg

Sold to the Man With the Tin Leg

Author: Philip Serrell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2020

When Philip Serrell - now well known for his television appearances - gave up teaching to become a professional auctioneer, he thought he was embarking on a sensible and safe career . . . a quiet life in the country with no surprises. In THE AUCTIONEER'S LOT we found out how wrong he was. SOLD TO THE MAN WITH THE TIN LEG Philip describes more of his extraordinary experiences as a country auctioneer, aided and abetted by some of the most colourful characters Worcestershire has to offer. From dodgy cars to fakes in the saleroom; angry livestock, mangled silverware and tortuous - not to mention muddy - experiences in local markets and farm sales, Philip has been there, done that and got the hoofprints on his suit to prove it. And of course, there's the return Philip's tin-legged boss . . .

Secret Women's Business Lingerie

Secret Women's Business Lingerie

Author: Pauline Kramer-Saxon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2020

The Story of Gn

The Story of Gn

Author: Kurt Jacobsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

C.F. Tietgen and the Great Northern Telegraph Company made history when they set up telegraph cables in China and Japan in 1870-1871 and thus connected the two countries with the rest of the world through the world-wide communication network. Soon transatlantic submarine cables across the Pacific Ocean and North Atlantic Ocean followed. The book unfolds the history of Tietgen's company through the 19th and 20th century with rivals, revolutions, and civil wars in China and Russia, conflicts and wars in the Pacific Ocean and East Asia, the terror during Stalin's reign, and not least two world wars and the Cold War up until today's globalized and digitalized world. The story moves through government offices and imperial chambers in China, Russia, Japan, and UK, the construction of telegraph lines in Chinese paddy fields, and cable-laying in unknown waters, travels on horseback through the impassable Siberia, and seminal decisions in contemporary boardrooms. After the Second World War, GN Store Nord had to reinvent itself several times. The subsidiary STORNO became one of the world's biggest manufacturers of mobile phones, and the telecommunication company Sonofon was the first to challenge the state monopoly on telephony and network traffic in Denmark. For 150 years there has been numerous crises and downturns of which several have threatened the existence of GN Store Nord. The company recovered every time, and today GN Group - made up of GN Hearing and GN Audio - is a global leader in hearing aid technology and headsets. The book is based on archival research in Denmark, Russia, UK, and China.

J. C. Penney

J. C. Penney

Author: David Delbert Kruger Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2020

What is now called JCPenney, a fixture of suburban shopping malls, started out as a small-town Main Street store that fused its founder's interests in agriculture, retail business, religion, and philanthropy. This book - at once a biography of Missouri farm boy-turned-business icon James Cash Penney and the story of the company he started in 1902 - brings to light the little-known agrarian roots of an American department store chain. David Delbert Kruger explores how the company, its stores, and their famous founder shaped rural America throughout the twentieth century. Most of our stores, Penney explained in 1931, are located in agricultural regions where the tide of merchandising rises and falls with the prosperity of the farmers. Despite the growth of cities in the early twentieth century, Penney maintained his stores' commitment to serving the needs of farmers and small-town folk. Tracing this dedication to Penney's rural upbringing, Kruger describes how, from one store in the sheep-ranching and mining town of Kemmerer, Wyoming, J. C. Penney Co. became a familiar chain on Main Street, USA, purveying value, providing good jobs, and marking rites of passage in many an American childhood. Kruger paints a biographical and historical picture of an American business mogul distinctly different from comparable capitalists such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, or Sam Walton. Despite his chain's corporate structure, Penney imbued each store with a Golden Rule philosophy that demanded mutual respect between customers, employees, competitors, suppliers, and communities. By tracing that spirit to its agrarian source, and following it through the twentieth century, J. C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture provides a new perspective on this American cultural institution - and on its founder's unique brand of American capitalism.

Out Where the West Begins, Volume 2

Out Where the West Begins, Volume 2

Author: Philip F. Anschutz Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2020