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February 23, 2009

News & Opinion: inBubbleWrap - Made in America

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:24 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We've all been to Wal-Mart. Even if you're not a big fan of the business itself, the story of it's founder, Sam Walton, is an inspirational one. It's the story of a good old boy from Arkansas, a formerly distinguished eagle scout and star athlete with a single five-an-dime store, building the largest company the world has ever seen.

Wal-Mart is not only largest retailer in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, it is "the second largest grocer in Britian" (The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman, Page 6). That it arose from such humble beginnings is, as Fishman describes it, "quite rightly, the stuff of American business legend."

The book we're offering on inBubbleWrap this week, Made in America: My Story, was penned by the legend himself, Sam Walton. I could point out, once again, that naming a book about Wal-Mart Made in America is somewhat ironic, but that's not the point here... the point is that the story of Wal-Mart is largely Sam Walton's story, and Sam Walton's story is the quintessential American success story.

If you'd like Jack's take on that story, check out the video below and pick up a copy of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time for more.

If you'd like to get that story firsthand, we have 25 copies available.


About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.