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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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An inspirational biography of a once in a lifetime

This is one of the best books I've read. Takes you on a journey through the iconic Sam Walton and how he overcame great odds to succeed on his terms. Highly recommend!

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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 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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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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A must read

A must read for every entrepreneur!
Probably my newest favorite book, Sam was a great example of how the free market system works.

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re-wound and re-listened

Very much got a deeper more complete picture of the Waltons and how they got to do business they way they currently do business. I respect it all the more. Hard working and "the customers best interest" in mind. realized they got a lot of crap that was not deserved. Learned key tools to help me run a business. Any knowledge I can pull I will. First take away was, "always be the first to greet someone on the sidewalk."

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excellent and still relevant

wow, this book is an absolute must read for anyone in retail. and, it's a great listen for everyone else. he's one of the most successful people in the last 100 years, but it goes way beyond money. so many takeaways from this book.
this book, like Sam Walton's life, is an absolute gift.

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Inspiring.

A must read for anyone looking for purpose or trying to stick to their guns in life

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Must read!

Highly recommend listening to this book! It is a great story of entrepreneurship, dedication, and leadership.

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10 hr Walmart commercial

10 hr Walmart commercial with some interesting points here and there. A whitewash of Walmart’s business practices.