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Branson

Creator: Tom Bower | 2009-04-01

Here Is The Full Story Of Branson: His Businesses, His Friendships, His Ambition, His Law-Breaking, His Drug-Taking, His Bullying. Tom Bower'S Biography Reveals Branson To Be A Single-Minded Profiteer Who, Occasionally Generous To Others.

Publisher: HarperCollins

About this book
No tycoon is more popular, few claim to be richer, and none has masterminded a more recognizable brand than Richard Branson. What is behind the success of the buccaneering balloonist, the tabloids’ favorite celebrity nude, the "grinning jumper," and the scourge of corporate goliaths? Helped by eyewitness accounts of more than 250 people with direct experience with Branson, Tom Bower has uncovered a different tale than the one so eagerly promoted by Virgin’s publicists. Here is the full story of Branson—his businesses, his friendships, his ambition, his law-breaking, his drug-taking, his bullying. From the cockpit of a balloon in the clouds to the center of Branson’s operations in his Holland Park home, this book is an intimate scrutiny of exactly how Richard Branson created himself and sold himself. Tom Bower’s biography reveals Branson to be a single-minded profiteer who, while occasionally generous to others, has a fixed purpose to enhance his family’s wealth in secret off-shore trust funds. Instead of a glittering saint, Branson emerges as a devious actor, proud of swiping for his own profit the good ideas of others. From his quest to acquire the license for the National Lottery to his plans to launch space tourism with Virgin Galactic, this fully updated edition follows Branson’s enterprises and investments up to his failed bid for Northern Rock.



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Insiders' Guide to Branson and the Ozark Mountains

Creator: Fred Pfister | Travel - 2009-08-25

This authoritative guide shows you how to navigate the glitz and glitter of Branson as well as the natural beauty of the scenic Ozark Mountain country.

Publisher: Insiders Guides

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Twenty years of essential, in-depth travel and relocation information written by locals. Insiders' Guides are packed with information about places to stay, where to eat, the best shopping districts, fun things to do with the kids, recreation, day trips, education and childcare, relocation tips, retirement information and local history.



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The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Richard Branson Way, 10 Secrets of the World's Greatest Brand Builder

Creator: Des Dearlove | Biography & Autobiography - 2010-06-29

Never lose the common touch Want to be the best? The secrets of phenomenal success are in your hands. Check out the other Unauthorized Guides in this series: Jamie Oliver; Duncan Bannatyne; Alan Sugar; Bill Gates; and Philip Green.

Publisher: Capstone

About this book
Richard Branson, the international powerhouse entrepreneur, is an opportunist with an uncanny knack of sniffing out great deals where others hesitate or fear to tread. Branson is the ultimate brand builder and never before has a single brand been so successfully deployed across such a diverse range of goods and services. So how does he do it?The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Richard Branson Way draws out the universal lessons from Richard Branson's remarkable success and identifies 10 strategies that can be applied to any business or career:1. Pick on someone bigger than you2. Do the hippy, hippy shake3. Haggle: everything's negotiable4. Make work fun5. Do right by your brand6. Smile for the cameras7. Don't lead sheep, herd cats8. Move faster than a speeding bullet9. Size does matter10. Never lose the common touchWant to be the best? The secrets of phenomenal success are in your hands.Check out the other Unauthorized Guides in this series: Jamie Oliver; Duncan Bannatyne; Alan Sugar; Bill Gates; and Philip Green.


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  • Virgin Books

    Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life (Quick Reads)

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    Rating (124 reviews):
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    Don't waste your time, read "Losing My Virginity" instead.

    0 2/5 Benny Blanco "Ben" (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life (Quick Reads) (Paperback) I started with Branson's first book, "Losing My Virginity", and was absolutely hooked. That book is compelling, insightful, exciting, inspirational, and well-written. "Screw it, Let's Do It" on the other hand, is none of those things, and feels like a cheap re-hashing of "Losing My Virginity", but without any of the real substance. The writing is poor (leading me to wonder if Branson had a lot of help in writing "Losing My Virginity") and he rushes through anecdotes that he explains in detail in "Losing My Virginity". The whole book feels very cursory and surface-deep, and doesn't do justice to Branson's incredible persona. Don't waste your time, get "Losing My Virginity" instead. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 25, 2006

    Sir Richard's Wonderful Philosophy

    Richard Branson made his fortune because he's a shrewd business person, and also because he's been lucky at times. He's successful, however, because of his personality and attitude -- his personal philosophy -- and that's what this book is about. There is nothing earth shattering in his philosophy, except perhaps that it takes an extraordinary person to truly live up to it.I don't think that Branson was looking to make money on the book, but rather to share some ideas that, for good reason, he truly believes in. He's not one to overcomplicate things, and in this case shorter is better. He keeps it simple because to him it is simple. As other reviewers have noted, it's a small book and it can be read in one sitting. It seems like it was dictated and indeed could benefit from some editing, but perhaps that's what makes the book real and is part of its charm. If you're looking for more then buy his book "Losing My Virginity" which contains some details about his various... 5/5 Steven K. Gold "Serial Entrepreneur & Author ... (Boston, MA USA) - See all my reviews, January 2, 2007

    An Excellent Book

    0 5/5 Chan Joon Yee "Dr Chan" (Singapore) - See all my reviews This review is from: Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life (Quick Reads) (Paperback) Definitely one of the more useful motivational books I've read. Sir Richard talks about having fun, being bold, challenging yourself, standing on your own feet, valuing the family and doing good.Without being preachy, Sir Richard pulls out stories from his life to illustrate some of his beliefs, principles and practices. Not having read his other books, I'm quite astounded by some of his life experiences, especially his harrowing escapes from a faulty flying machine and his role in Iraq where he helped secure the release of British hostages.Short, sweet and simple, it's an excellent read. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 11, 2006
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  • Crown Business

    Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

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    Rating (114 reviews):
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    truly inspirational

    Warning: Don't get carried away by the title of this book, it is purely metaphoric.When you are handed a 600 page autobiography of an entrepreneur, at first, you may wonder whether such a piece is worth even leafing through. Who has the time to read stuff like this?LOSING MY VIRGINITY is an extraordinary book written by an extraordinary man, Richard Branson. One may actually have some reservations about reading about a not exactly well-known business magnate (I am talking about India, of course). But rest assured, once you read through the author's bio and the very impressive blurbs, you will realize that it is far from a conventional (boring, if you like) memoir.Branson is one of a rare breed, a paragon of British entrepreneurship, and a genius who has revolutionized British culture and lifestyles. Throughout this book, one can find a real humility in Branson's narrative of himself and his experiences. Like most contemporary memoirists, Branson... 5/5 high aadmi (india) - See all my reviews This review is from: Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography (Paperback) Warning: Don't get carried away by the title of this book, it is purely metaphoric.When you are handed a 600 page autobiography of an entrepreneur, at first, you may wonder whether such a piece is worth even leafing through. Who has the time to read stuff like this?LOSING MY VIRGINITY is an extraordinary book written by an extraordinary man, Richard Branson. One may actually have some reservations about reading about a not exactly well-known business magnate (I am talking about India, of course). But rest assured, once you read through the author's bio and the very impressive blurbs, you will realize that it is far from a conventional (boring, if you like) memoir.Branson is one of a rare breed, a paragon of British entrepreneurship, and a genius who has revolutionized British culture and lifestyles. Throughout this book, one can find a real humility in Branson's narrative of himself and his experiences. Like most contemporary memoirists, Branson... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 12, 2005

    Just Great

    0 5/5 Krasimir Karamfilov (Santa Monica, CA, USA) - See all my reviews, October 26, 2007

    The European dream!!!

    0 5/5 Pranav Chandrasekhar (Cambridge, MA United States) - See all my reviews, March 24, 2005
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    Richard Branson Failure and Success: The history of a Billionaire

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    WORST KINDLE BOOK I EVER PURCHASED.(NOT REALLY A BOOK BUT A BADLY PRESENTED SUMMARY)

    0 1/5 john t - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Richard Branson Failure and Success : The history of a Billionaire (Kindle Edition) This is the worst kindle book I have ever purchased! In fact it was read cover to cover in about 30 minutes. The book provided some facts with no interesting analysis. It was a waste of money! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 16, 2013

    What IS THIS?

    0 1/5 TJ - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Richard Branson Failure and Success : The history of a Billionaire (Kindle Edition) This is not really a book (I'm not kidding). It's made by "NrBooks" which I think is a joke for "Not Really Books". Well played, my friends. One of the worst purchases I can remember.Again - this is NOT a biography. It's a fifth grade reading level summary of Richard Branson.AVOID 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 6, 2014

    awful

    0 1/5 Wendy van Niekerk (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Richard Branson Failure and Success : The history of a Billionaire (Kindle Edition) I could not even finish the book. The jumping between past and present tense was awful.....I cannot believe that a book so badly written was published! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 22, 2014
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  • Portfolio Trade

    Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur

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    Rating (17 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
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    Here's to hopeful, philanthropic capitalism at its true best!

    0 5/5 Robert W. "BobTheCopywriter" (Starkville, MS, United States) - See all my reviews, October 29, 2009

    Austin Slovak's review of Richard Branson's "Business Stripped Bare"

    0 4/5 Arthur M. Diamond, Jr. (Omaha, NE USA) - See all my reviews, January 4, 2012

    mildly entertaining but his ego masks the sun

    0 3/5 Bell Ringer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur (Kindle Edition) I wonder if this book is just a publicity stunt to answer all the criticism Branson and Virgin have garnered over the years. The stories are often fun and interesting, it's very well written (likely by a big staff of highly paid writers), and it does give you good insight into the motivations of a good company leader. However, there's something funny about it - it seems too well planned and every once in a while it talks about a sensitive topic, as if the whole point is to reframe Branson's and Virgin's image. I'll admit the manipulation is subtle and masterful, but there nonetheless. I don't know much about Virgin but after reading this, I know more and like the company more. So, I'd say they have a success here. If you can see past the massive ego, it's a fun read and informative. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 12, 2011
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  • Harper Perennial

    Branson

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    Rating (7 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    Harper Perennial

    Interesting but seems biased

    0 3/5 Adam - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Branson (Kindle Edition) I never read autobiographies because I'd rather an outsider's perspective; more objective. But this tilts too much in that direction I think. He seemed to relish Branson-bashing. It's likely his take on things is accurate, but he writes in a way that seems spiteful and well, envious.Still, I imagine it's a lot more accurate than Branson's own accounts of his life. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 2, 2012

    a compelling angle on how the world really works

    Yes the surface topic area is Branson. But the real topic area is "a behind the scenes view of how the world actually works."Carefully researched, and also libel law-suit proof. Hmm, interesting. So Branson isn't shy about suing people, but somehow he decided not to sue this author, who goes over the back story of Branson's dealings in gory detail. Maybe he didn't want to have to testify in court on the material?I'd compare this book to "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" which describes the seamy underside of world politics. This book "Branson" is the seamy underside of business. Fascinating to understand how he has mastered manipulating the media and popular opinion.Few people will read this book but many will read the books done by his people about how great he is. Fortunately we still have (some) freedom of speech. Kudos to Bower for having the courage to write this book.Read even one chapter of "Branson" and you'll never watch... 5/5 Paul K. "Engaged Citizen" (San Mateo, California) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Branson (Paperback) Yes the surface topic area is Branson. But the real topic area is "a behind the scenes view of how the world actually works."Carefully researched, and also libel law-suit proof. Hmm, interesting. So Branson isn't shy about suing people, but somehow he decided not to sue this author, who goes over the back story of Branson's dealings in gory detail. Maybe he didn't want to have to testify in court on the material?I'd compare this book to "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" which describes the seamy underside of world politics. This book "Branson" is the seamy underside of business. Fascinating to understand how he has mastered manipulating the media and popular opinion.Few people will read this book but many will read the books done by his people about how great he is. Fortunately we still have (some) freedom of speech. Kudos to Bower for having the courage to write this book.Read even one chapter of "Branson" and you'll never watch... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 8, 2011

    The Real Branson Uncovered

    Richard Branson - The Peoples Champion. The self-made billionaire. The man the British people love to idolise.But here, in this well-researched account, Branson is revealed for what he really is: not a billionaire, not a trail-blazer, not a Peoples Champion, and not a man to be respected and admired.Branson can't understand why he was never allowed to run the National Lottery, why in certain circles he is loathed, and why he just isn't taken seriously.The Billionaire is far from that, and with the details of his struggles with his bankers, British Airways, and a host of others, this book makes the reader realise that Branson is not quite the success story he would like us to think that he is.Bravo to Bower for revealing the true character of the bad loser, the terrible businessman and the far-from-successful tycoon.And don't forget that Branson has never attempted to sue Bower, which must clearly mean that here within this book lies the truth behind the... 5/5 Rotten Johnny "RottenOne" (UK) - See all my reviews This review is from: Branson (Paperback) Richard Branson - The Peoples Champion. The self-made billionaire. The man the British people love to idolise.But here, in this well-researched account, Branson is revealed for what he really is: not a billionaire, not a trail-blazer, not a Peoples Champion, and not a man to be respected and admired.Branson can't understand why he was never allowed to run the National Lottery, why in certain circles he is loathed, and why he just isn't taken seriously.The Billionaire is far from that, and with the details of his struggles with his bankers, British Airways, and a host of others, this book makes the reader realise that Branson is not quite the success story he would like us to think that he is.Bravo to Bower for revealing the true character of the bad loser, the terrible businessman and the far-from-successful tycoon.And don't forget that Branson has never attempted to sue Bower, which must clearly mean that here within this book lies the truth behind the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 13, 2012
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The Biggest Takeaway From Sir Richard Branson's Rags-to-Billionaire Success In 1966, a dyslexic 16-year-old boy dropped out of school. With the help of a friend, he founded a magazine for students and made money by selling advertisements to local businesses. With only a little bit of money to get started, he ran the operation ...
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