New York Times Bestseller
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 8-figure and 9-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.
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Great story... can’t put it down once you start reading... highly recommend it
Langone “gets it”
A truly American success story that is different from many books of its kind. I didn’t want to put it down!
Langones jnsider stories are packed with great insight, a bit of salty language and a whole lot of fun! He makes a no nonsense case for the merits of capitalism and it makes sense.
Inspiring, and honest.
Mr. Langone writes a personal, fascinating story, about his desire to succeed. Nothing gets in his way...like work.
He learned so much, on the job. I was so impressed with his work ethic...it may not have been every reason he succeeded, but it made his path to success more realistic to me.