The Self-made Myth

The Self-made Myth

And the Truth About How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed

Book - 2012
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The Self-Made Myth exposes the false claim that business success is the result of heroic individual effort with little or no outside help. Brian Miller and Mike Lapham bust the myth and present profiles of business leaders who recognize the public investments and supports that made their success possible-including Warren Buffett, Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry's, New Belgium Brewing CEO Kim Jordan, and others. The book also thoroughly demolishes the claims of supposedly self-made individuals such as Donald Trump and Ross Perot. How we view the creation of wealth and individual success is critical because it shapes our choices on taxes, regulation, public investments in schools and infrastructure, CEO pay, and more. It takes a village to raise a business-it's time to recognize that fact.
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9781609945060
Characteristics: xvi, 196 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lapham, Mike


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Oct 21, 2014

An excellent book, overall, although I would recommend ignoring the forward by Bill Gates, Sr. - - he is affiliated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose Global Advisory Board boasts mass murderer, Ernesto Zedillo [please see Barbara Garson's book, Money Makes the World Go Around], plus had R. Gupta, now in jail I believe, and a bunch of other major exploiters and super-thieves, and possibly more mass murderers.
[I do have several criticisms, though: the authors suggesting Andrew Carnegie //. . . held a desk job during the Civil War . . .\\ when Carnegie, thanks to his boyfriend and first Secretary of War appointed by Lincoln [Thomas Scott], was appointed to be Superintendent of Military Telegraphs and Railways, ensuring that he could accumulate vast sums of money by insider buying and trading which, after the war, Carnegie used for sweetheart gov't contracts to build steel and shipbuilding companies, later selling the Kaiser of Germany the subs used to sink the Lusitania during Carnegie's so-called European // PEACE \\ trips! Thomas Scott was responsible for the creation of that legal subterfuge, the Holding Company, used to obscure ownership and to get away the laws then forbidding corporations to own stock in other corps. used to this present day. Plus his bio on Warren Buffett neglected to mention Berkshire Hathaway being in federal tax court forever, battling not to pay billions owed in taxes, et cetera!]


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