In 1972, Sears, Roebuck, and Co. was America's greatest store, accounting for over 1 percent of the gross national product. Suddenly, profits plummeted and the stock price collapsed. Sears was at civil war and in need of a new leader. In 1978, Edward R. Telling became the Sears chairman, and by 1984 Sears was back on top, bigger than ever. Telling turned things around so dramatically it seemed like a miracle. But the resurrection of Sears as a great American merchant was no miracle, but the result of the power, vision, and will of strong leadership. Award-winning journalist Donald Katz, who received unprecedented and unrestricted access to Sears's records, meetings, and executives, delivers a spellbinding account that gives you a front-row seat to a corporate revolution. Katz is the Founder of the leading player in the Internet audio sphere.
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"It was in 1936 that Jack LaLanne opened the nation's first health club, in Oakland, California, but for five years before that he had conducted private research on the physiological benefits of heavy exercise. Local firemen and policemen came to his backyard, where he recorded their reps and weight loads and strength changes - all for the first time."
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Home Fires is the powerful saga of the Gordon family - real people, names unchanged. Spanning nearly five decades, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, their story has the scope, depth, wealth of incident, and emotional intensity of a great novel, and an abundance of humor, scandal, warmth, and trauma - the recognizable components of family life. This is also a masterful chronicle of the turbulent postwar era, illuminating the interplay between private life and profound cultural changes.
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The Draft Dodger and the Democrats is one of the fascinating profiles featured in The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories by award-winning journalist Donald Katz, available in audio exclusively at audible.com.
The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories collects journalist Don Katz's most fascinating profiles of people whose lives tell us something about business, adventure, sports, politics, culture, and, in a brilliant, ancillary way, ourselves.
In Drawing Fire, Donald Katz profiles Bill Mauldin, the curmudgeonly political cartoonist. At 23, Mauldin won the Pulitzer Prize for his creation of two mud-caked dogfaces named Willie and Joe who became every soldier's image of men at the front. Drawing Fire is one of the fascinating profiles featured in The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories by Katz, an audible.com audio exclusive.
"At an age when most children were reading Babar the Elephant books, Peter Beard was writing and illustrating his own. Years later, when the public was experiencing late-imperial Kenya via Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, Beard left Yale and lit out for Africa with Dinesen's book and a head full of dreams."
When the Party's Over takes us behind the scenes with socialite Nan Kempner. It is one of the fascinating profiles featured in The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories by Katz, an audible.com audio exclusive.
Donald Katz takes us along on his path to physical fitness as he trains for a triathlon under the guidance of his personal sports-performance trainer, Steve Ilg. The Ilgiad is one of the fascinating profiles featured in The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories by Katz, an audible.com audio exclusive.
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The Long Island Rail Road Massacre changed the lives of every commuter by placing fear where there once was a sense of safety. In "A Journey We Didn't Want to Take," Donald Katz tells us the story of this nightmare as it was felt by the people who witnessed those three horrific minutes, the people who were shot but survived the attack, and the people who's loved ones did not make it home that evening.
In Guru of the New Economy, Donald Katz profiles the seemingly unconventional career path of Paul Hawken, high school drop-out, new-age entrepreneur, and the man the chairman W.R. Grace called "a brilliant, independent thinker - one of the most creative I've seen."
In The Voyeur, Donald Katz pulls back the curtain to reveal the fascinating existence of the man known as the voyeur, or the viewer, as he occasionally refers to himself, who captures the lives of his neighbors on video to create movies about real life as it happens.
In this amusing essay, the author tells us of his encounter with Reg Mellor, King of the Ferret Leggers, and describes the bizarre sport of ferret legging. It is the title story in a collection of profiles by award-winning journalist Donald Katz, entitled The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories.
Logrolling is one of the fascinating profiles featured in The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories by award-winning journalist Donald Katz, available in audio exclusively at audible.com. It was originally published in Outside, November 1993.