DRIVEN, Notes of a Neurotic Entrepreneur, His Trials, Failures
by Max Barnet
ISBN 1-882521-01-3, 401 Pages Softcover
List price $15.00
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Harry Simon holds nothing back in this story about running a small manufacturing
business in America. He writes of the double-dealings, the betrayals and petty
dishonesties, as well as the acts of generosity, trust and loyalty that occur
in his relationship with his employees, his customers, the bank, his friends,
his wife and his mistress.
He reveals his deepest conflicts, fears and doubts
in his struggle to survive and win as a warrior in the competitive free enterprise
war. Brutally self-aware, Harry Simon is DRIVEN to
succeed and does so at great personal cost.
Comments from Readers:
"No one should get an MBA sheepskin until they've
read DRIVEN. My reaction to DRIVEN
is, first and foremost, that it's real. I had the sense that I was indeed living
it through with Harry and so understood and felt the frustrations, satisfactions,
anger, rewards, sense of accomplishment, disappointment. I like particularly
its honest depiction of business life as untidy and unpredictable. Harry's very
existence and moods zig and zag...and whose don't? The MBA's I work with think
that business is neat and clean and follows the book...Worse, that people can
really control most things. Precious little can be "controlled"; ask
Harry. I had fun with DRIVEN and found it easy to
relate to the "blood and guts" feel of it."
George M. Naimark, Ph.D.,
"I read DRIVEN
cover to cover almost uninterrupted...The prose has the same forward momentum
as the driven entrepreneur, and one has the feeling the author is sitting across
the room letting his story spill out
it's a tale worth telling; it is
told here with great accuracy and even with some very good insights for other
Peter W. Cox,
Reviewer for Maine in Print
"Every businessman and the wife of every businessman
should read this book."
DRIVEN shows the reader
in real-time how things happen in business. Driving powerfully from moment to
moment, propelling the protagonist relentlessly forward, the story puts the
reader in the CEO's skin. Crises pile on as quickly as solutions are found.
Reading the novel is an exhilarating experience, providing a unique window on
the life of the CEO, and its impact on those - his wife, his employees, his
customers, his banker etc.- who depend on his leadership. Loaded with business
savvy, DRIVEN is an emotionally honest
and truly compelling novel.
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