The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg

Innovation, Money, and Politics
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
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With unprecedented access, the veteran New York Times reporter and editorial writer who covered New York City and state politics offers a revealing portrait of one of the richest and famously private/public figures in the country. Business genius, inventor, innovator, publisher, philanthropist, activist, and sly wit Michael Bloomberg.

Michael Bloomberg’s life sounds like an exaggerated version of The American Story, except his adventures are real.

From modest Jewish middle class (and Eagle Scout) to Harvard MBA to Solomon Brothers hotshot (where he gets “sent upstairs” and later fired) to creator of the machine that would change Wall Street and the rest of the world and make him a billionaire (a description by the author makes the invention clear to non-engineers).

Randolph’s account of Bloomberg’s life and time comes across almost like a novel, a quintessentially American story. She explains the “machine” he invented that gave and continues to give instant access to an infinite amount of information to bankers and investors on how, what, and where to invest and how it changed the financial universe.

Randolph recounts one day not long ago when the Bloomberg machine briefly blipped and the whole world’s financial marketplace came to a halt.

Randolph recounts Mayor Bloomberg’s vigorous approach to New York city’s care - including his attempts at education reform, contract control, anti-smoking and anti-obesity campaigns, green climate control, and his political adventures with both aides and opponents.

After a surprising third term as mayor, Bloomberg returned to his business and doubles its already tremendous worth. The chapter that describes this is one of the most revealing of his temperament and energy and vision as well as how he spends his “private” time - private but convivial.

Bloomberg’s philanthropies are education, Green Party, and anti-NRA. He is a moderate liberal in a time when that quality holds the future of the Democratic Party and the country to account.

Perhaps the public figure he resembles is Warren Buffett. 

©2019 Eleanor Randolph (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Good bio, leans pro-Bloomberg

Well written and interesting. I got the sense that the author was pro-Bloomberg, even though there were “bad facts” discussed. Hard to know if it is bias or if his record speaks for itself.

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Great story ruined by a terrible voice

This is book must be reread by someone else. The reader must have been suffering from a terrible cough. The sounds is terrible I kept feeling like telling him to go take some meds. I’m definitely going for a refund

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Who is the next president?

So it has become a desire of mine to learn about the top prospective democrats that could potentially win. This story of Michael Bloomberg is astonishing story of hard work, competency and sheer determination. It is inspiring even though I conflict on many levels with Bloomberg’s ideologies. He is unabashedly powerful, forceful and simultaneously extremely concerned about the wellness of others. Generosity is pronounced from day one and his extreme wealth and influence has allowed him to explode to what I would argue could give the strongest position to remove the current president, though it appears his run is unlikely. I appreciate the intensity and willingness to fail and learn. Great book!

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Great Narration!

Engrossing story and Cohen’s narration was beyond reproach.
Too bad the sock puppets trashed his narration!

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Nice summary of his major achievements in life so far

Well written biography of his life to date, but it’s primarily factual. It is probably too soon to try to add political/societal perspective on Bloomberg’s life. As a businessman, it was pretty straightforward. As a politician, things are still evolving.

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Book is good. Narration is so incredibly bad.

I literally know third graders who can do a better time narrating a book. The content of the book is good / fine / balanced, but wow. Buy the written copy!

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A complicated individual with a purpose.

Great book. I encourage anyone who’s asking why Mike Bloomberg is running for president to read this book. This book has solidified my conviction that Mike is the guy for the job.

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Excellent and timely

I got this book after Bloomberg entered the race and I’m glad I did. I found excellent insights into the values he learned from his parents, as well as his brilliant thinking, team building skills and leadership from his experiences as an engineer, mayor and philanthropist. Definitely assets for a candidate. The narration was poor. Setting the speed at 1.25 was the only way I could listen to it since the speaker was so slow. Rose wine was pronounced like the flower, not the type of wine—a silly mistake.

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Insightful and interesting story of impressive man

Tho I’ve admired his work as Mayor, I hadn’t appreciated the depth of his achievements, the drive that made them possible, nor the philosophy that stitched them all together in a man who is impacting America and the world on the order of Carnegie

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A roadmap to organizational success and leadership

Reminded me of a successful business owner I once worked for. Success is in selecting the right people, establish your standard, have a means of monitoring progress or lack thereof and instill the need for goal achievement and weed out those who either can not or will not follow the rules. Most call these leaders as "hard nosed" and some times "over bearing". I found them to be successful leaders with whom one should emulate.