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Tough Choices

A Memoir
Narrated by: Carly Fiorina
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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By accepting the CEO job at Hewlett-Packard, an iconic company that had lost its way, Carly Fiorina confirmed her status as the most powerful businesswoman in America. But she also made herself a target for everyone who disliked her bold leadership style and resented her rapid rise.

For six years, as she led HP through drastic changes and a controversial merger, Fiorina was the subject of endless analysis, debate, and speculation. She appeared on the cover of every major magazine, and her every word was scrutinized. Yet in all that time, the public never got to know the person behind the persona.

Tough Choices will finally reveal the real Carly Fiorina, who writes with brutal honesty about her triumphs and failures, her deepest fears and most painful confrontations, including her sudden and very public firing by HP's board of directors.

It's an amazing life story: Fiorina was a liberal-arts major and law-school dropout who didn't even consider a business career until her mid-20s. But soon she was blazing through big jobs at AT&T and then Lucent Technologies, with a growing reputation as a creative, hardworking, visionary leader. Her career path would have been remarkable for anyone, but in an industry dominated by men, it was unprecedented.

Tough Choices shows what it's really like to lead a major corporation in a time of great change while trying to stay true to your values. It's one woman's inspiring story, along with her unique perspectives on leadership, technology, globalization, sexism, and many other issues.

©2006 Carly Fiorina (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"A much-anticipated memoir." (The New York Times)
"Fiorina's tome is sure to create media buzz." (Fortune)
"The Fiorina buzz is expected to get even louder...when she releases her long-awaited tell-all book." (USA Today)

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  • Denise
  • Lorton, VA, USA
  • 10-21-06

Tough Choices

There are certainly 2 sides to every story but without knowing exactly what that other side is .... Carly's recounting of her career and the events that led up to her HP outsting was riveting and eye-opening. I learned so much of what success and the "success-climb" looks like from this book. Now I have some decisions to make regarding my own career. You can certainly get what you want but are you willing to to pay in self-invested education, the discomfort of politically charged situations, and the wear and tear put on your personal life. Well, for me I am still unsure. But, certainly for Carly ..... she rocks!

DM in Lake Villa

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  • Robin
  • Steilacoom, WA, USA
  • 11-27-07

great book

This is a great book for everyone to read. It is a wonderul illustration of the permanent discrimination all women leaders must face in the workplace. Men and Women should read this to understand the business world and what the introduction of women into it means for American society. Fiorina is an inspirational female leader because she has built a historical career despite the fact that she is a woman.

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  • Marcy
  • raleigh, NC, USA
  • 12-14-06

Just OK

I'm not sure what I expected of this but it was disappointing. It gave some background of how she got to lead such a large corporation, but I didn't really get a sense of who she was. There wasn't much detail on the termination and then the book ended. I was left unfulfilled.

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Carly is inspirational

I love that this is narrated by the author. It was enjoyable to listen to her tell her own story. Carly is inspirational to anyone (not just women) who wants to climb the ladder of success. I can't wait for her next book to come out.

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  • Laurie
  • Saunderstown, RI, USA
  • 03-31-07

I couldn't stop listening

I truly enjoyed Carly's story. She relates it in a frank, engaging and insightful manner. Every business leader should read this book because the lessons learned are universal.

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Challenge to progress

Carly's book is an inspiring look at the events that led up to her leaving HP. Though we all make mistakes, it's nice to be able to learn from other people's experiences. This book presents an account of a difficult process for both company and CEO. Good listen!

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Educated and Inspired

Since seeing Carly present at a Gartner conference several years ago, I have been impressed with her and intrigued by her accomplishments. Now, I have heard about and felt much of the behind-the-scenes events. I was educated from her descriptions of the mechanics of large firms and inspired by achievements based on her leadership and her working harder and smarted than many of the people she faced in business. Carly, thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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A great book

This book is great for any woman in a leadership position! Carly is such a great example of grace under pressure. I admire her wisdom and her resilience in dealing with people – not only those who have ulterior motive‘s but also her ability to build teamwork in a huge organization.

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Remarkable lady!

Narrated by the Carly herself. I look forward to listening to more of her books!

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  • Ai
  • 06-22-18

Great lessons for women in corporate

I learned a lot from Carly’s experiences and refer back to some passages I have bookmarked for reminders.