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Publisher's Summary

The 20th century marked an era of unprecedented progress, growth, and ingenuity. In this entertaining and intriguing collection of profiles, you'll meet 36 of the groundbreaking entrepreneurs who fueled this explosion of achievement and shaped our modern world.

Radicals & Visionaries reveals the complete stories of both the legendary masters of enterprise and the unsung entrepreneurial heroes. You'll discover little-known facts and learn secrets about:

  • A.P. Giannini, the greengrocer with no financial experience who took on "the suits" and founded the world's largest bank.
  • Ron Popeil, the part-time carnival huckster whose late-night TV commercials for kitchen gadgets kicked off the infomercial phenomenon.
  • Former cabaret singer Coco Chanel, who thumbed her nose at the suffocating styles of the 19th century and sparked a fashion revolution that still influences designers today.

    From the turn-of-the-century capitalists who ushered in the industrial age to the mass-market moguls who molded pop culture, Radicals & Visionaries is a lively, revealing, and often astonishing chronicle of the lives and accomplishments of the most influential entrepreneurs of the past 100 years.

  • © and (P) Entrepreneur Media, Inc.

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    • Jan
    • Naestved, Denmark
    • 05-18-07

    Lot less exiting than the title

    Radicals and Visionaries sounds exiting but unfortunately this is just 8 to 10 minute profiles of important businesspeople. The profiles is only scraching the surface and the book quickly becomes boring to listen to. I listened to the first 2 or 3 profiles and then deleted the book from my Ipod. Hear the sample before you buy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    Enticing title...boring content

    I was intrigued by the title, but the content is nothing new. We already know how most of the 20th century entrepreneurs got started. I was hoping for more detail not cursory information that has been adequately covered in print and in press. The readers are a bit boring, too. I did give it two stars because some of our younger readers might learn something.

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    A Truly Inspiring Book of Entrepreneurs

    loved it was enraptured by the stories, enspired to
    do it myself. I will start my Health coaching business on January 1st 2018.

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    great

    So great to learn how the brands started, with very inspiring stories.Lovely to be taken to the origins

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    Opens your eyes

    Couldn't stop listening. It shows the struggle and mindset of successful entrepreneurs. Definitely a good read.

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    great entrepreuner's stories

    enjoyed it! listening for 2nd time!
    these are inspirational entrepreneur icons who made it through against the odds. do you have great ideas?
    listen to them!!

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    Great motivational book for entrepreneurs

    I really liked the format of the book. It highlighted entreprenuers in many fields and industries through out the last century. It did so in a very straightforward and to the point method that made it easy to keep going.

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    Radicals and visionaries

    can't stop to listen this book to get inspired.
    Determination
    Persistent
    faith
    is what you need to be one.

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    Inspiring!

    Listening to all of the stories and seeing how regardless of age, race, sex, financial status and even the century you were born there are opportunities out there to tap into. These people broke with tradition and in so doing created things we take for granted today. From technology to music, from movies to food both fast and frozen, from candy to fashion you name it the people who were highlighted in the book rocked our world❤️ it was a fun , easy,

    interesting and inspiring read/listen. Truly proof we are only limited by our imagination..

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    Really amazing book

    Super bonne histoire, interessant et très inspirant. C'est différent comme livre. J'acheterais le volume 2, si il existerait.

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    • Alexandra
    • 01-27-09

    DISAPPOINTING

    I have just started to listen to this and I must say that the readers manner was so teadious and dated that I had to turn it off after 5 minutes. I real waste of money as they just cover a very short bio on each person not really as described.

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    • John Udeh
    • 07-04-15

    Superb

    Fantastic book

    Great book detailing the key parts of entrepreneurs lives. It is a very simple read and extremely enjoyable to read.