I Love Capitalism!

An American Story
Narrated by: Ken Langone
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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New York Times Best Seller

Iconoclastic entrepreneur and New York legend Ken Langone tells the compelling story of how a poor boy from Long Island became one of America's most successful businessmen.

Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream - of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic.

In a series of fascinating stories, Langone shows how he struggled to get an education, break into Wall Street, and scramble for an MBA at night while competing with privileged competitors by day. He shares how he learned how to evaluate what a business is worth and apply his street smarts to eight-figure and nine-figure deals. And he's not shy about discussing, for the first time, his epic legal and PR battle with former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer.

His ultimate theme is that free enterprise is the key to giving everyone a leg up. As he writes:   

This book is my love song to capitalism. Capitalism works! And I'm living proof - it works for everybody. Absolutely anybody is entitled to dream big, and absolutely everybody should dream big. I did. Show me where the silver spoon was in my mouth. I've got to argue profoundly and passionately: I'm the American Dream.

©2018 Ken Langone (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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Great Story..

I really enjoyed the book and some of the anecdotes were priceless. The best was Ross Perot losing out on making a 2 million dollar investment that would roughly be worth 150 billion today. Why? Read the book and find out.. Great job Ken.
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Good autobiography

Ken Langone’s story is an inspiration to those who think you have to be rich to make it big in America. His story shows that it is not only possible but definitely doable IF you are willing to work hard and take chances. It’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.

His best advice for capitalism is at the end of the book. Take care of All of your people. From the bottom up. That’s how you have a successful company. Too often today companies only care about their bottom line and are happy to get rid of their people. They should take lessons from Ken. Because they don’t, we get young people wanting Bernie Sanders. They need to change or capitalism will be over.

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Save your money, he clearly has enough!

I really wanted to like this book however the author spent so much time patting himself on the back rather than sharing anything that could be deemed useful. My only hope is that he stretched before writing this book because at his age he could really pull something!
I didn't expect a blueprint or a "How to get rich" tutorial however for someone who claims to have done so many great things, and help so many people the only thing he helped me with was being a few bucks shorter in the pocketbook.

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The Story of Hardwork

Ken Langone spells out success.....love hard work, love learning, keep working hard, keep learning, love gratitude, love aggression, be grateful, be aggressive, achieve success.

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Interesting voice!

As a small business owner four years in and just now growing, it was a great book. I've listened to many entrepreneur books on Audible and have learned from each one. Even though my companies income is not huge yet, I have laid the foundation and now we are starting to really grow. knowledge from Mr. Langone and others have helped tremendously. On a side note, Mr. Langone's voice was sometimes hard for me to hear as he has a low gravely voice. Haha, I'm just busting your balls Mr. Langone. Great book and great life you have lived. Keep working and God bless you and the family. James Gray. Owner. TriggerSafe.

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I would listen to it again!!!!<br />

This book was enticing all the way through the book with his life stories and life lessons. what a great book!!

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Amazing biography !!

Loved this gentleman's story! A true inspiration! Very fun to hear! I wish I meet Ken Langone in person one day!

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Truly Inspirational!!!

This has been a truly inspirational experience. Phenomenal piece of work. Thank you for sharing your story!

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Interesting read

I didn't know much about Ken Langone when I started this book but I'm glad I read it. It was insightful about what he did and how he handled himself through his life. I would have liked to hear more about Home Depot and in the book.

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The Unapologetic American Dream

Great story that kept my interest read by the author himself. Truly inspiring and worth the time.

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  • 01-24-19

Respect

It's a great story, absolutely worth your time.

Narration by Mr Langone is spot on.

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  • bonde
  • 07-08-18

Kenneth Langone is an example of Good Business

I love capitalistism too! many entrepreneur s should study the character of men such as Kenneth Langone

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  • Teodor K.
  • 06-20-18

What a story

I loved the book from the very start. Ken Langone is such a character. He’s one of the best example of how to be a man of your words. I think the book is a gem in business category. A must read for a business oriented minds.