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Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late 20th century, Sam never lost the common touch.

Here, finally, inimitable words. Genuinely modest, but always sure of his ambitions and achievements. Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.

©1992 The Estate of Samuel Moore Walton (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Remarkable man.

This book inspired me. You just fall in love with the man. And later he brings a tear to your eye.

He is a true leader and I wish i had the chance to meet him. God bless that man.

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great book

great insight into Wal-Mart's moral approach to business! enjoyed the good values and historical context given to Wal-Mart's creation.

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Excellent read

This is an amazing story of a man ascending to greatness. The voice was incredibly engaging and it made me feel that it was actually Sam Walton speaking.

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Worth the read

If your getting into business or just wondering how they did it check this book out . The mans voice was perfect for the read also .

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Worth Reading

Sam Walton’s words give excellent insights on what he thought was important in the success of his company. He gives good examples of the values and traits that are required to take a business to the level that his achieved.

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A real story about a real person

I never knew the Walmart story. It was so interesting to get a peek behind the scenes and see how this amazing company was built by one amazing man. Sam Walton is what real entrepreneur ship is about, people.

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A miss for anyone who has or wants to be in business

Sam Walton was a man of integrity. He thought of his business as a serve to both the customer and his associates. If all businesses were run like Sam ran Walmart, the world would be a better place.

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Makes you reflect on your business

Really a great book. Put a different light on Walmart and what Sam Walton stood for. Then in the end make you reflect on what you are doing in your life. Excellent book.

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A great story of a great man and a great company

The performance was outstanding. The narrator demonstrated the energy and enthusiasm of the author himself. It felt like the author was reading the book. The best performance by a narrator other than the author that I've listened to in my 15 years as an audible platinum subscriber. And the story was incredible.

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Great a story an inside of one of the most iconic US companies

Great voice and awesome story.
The first chapters were the best.
Personal values, strategy and how to compete in low margin industry. Great insides!