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416 pages

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.



320 pages

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

About this book
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.



176 pages

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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  • Crown Business

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

    Book (Crown Business)

    Rating (131 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Crown Business

    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

    Great story, but somehow fell short of expectations

    If you are familiar with Richard Branson's story, you may know how one of his teachers famously said that he would either "be in jail or be a millionaire" by the age of 25. It has taken me a while to be able to articulate my thoughts towards this, but having recently read the rather excellent by Nassim Talem I think I can now put my finger on it. If you read this book you will learn a few things about how to treat employees well, how to build a consistent brand that retains its essence across wildly divergent industries, and how to live an exciting life. It just didn't live up to the really high expectations friends set for me.Branson is undoubtedly a talented entrepreneur, and one can't help but admire how he has dedicated the latter part of his life to... 3/5 Yoni Levitan (Canada) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way (Paperback) If you are familiar with Richard Branson's story, you may know how one of his teachers famously said that he would either "be in jail or be a millionaire" by the age of 25. It has taken me a while to be able to articulate my thoughts towards this, but having recently read the rather excellent Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Talem I think I can now put my finger on it. If you read this book you will learn a few things about how to treat employees well, how to build a consistent brand that retains its essence across wildly divergent industries, and how to live an exciting life. It just didn't live up to the really high expectations friends set for me.Branson is undoubtedly a talented entrepreneur, and one can't help but admire how he has dedicated the latter part of his life to... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 27, 2012
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  • Virgin Digital

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

    eBooks (Virgin Digital)

    Rating (136 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Virgin Digital

    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


  • Portfolio Hardcover

    The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership

    Book (Portfolio Hardcover)

    Rating (31 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Portfolio Hardcover

    Loved the last book (Like a Virgin) but I read ...

    0 4/5 Marty Roberts - See all my reviews This review is from: The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership (Kindle Edition) Loved the last book (Like a Virgin) but I read this in almost one sitting and think it is every bit as good if not better.I love the sheer pragmatism of the advice - like "you never learn anything by listening to yourself speak" so shut up pay attention take notes and ask questions. Stuff everybody thinks they know but very few do. Highly recommended reading. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 11, 2014

    Like a Virgin

    I love this book. I confess that I had the rare privilege of a brief encounter Sir Richard Branson as a prizewinner for a competition I won regarding Leadership Lessons that come from your family on Linkedin. Setting aside any biases that may arise from this, the book contains powerful and straightforward lessons for anyone working in business or trying to do new things.Let's be clear, Richard Branson discusses things such as the importance of listening, learning, keeping people engaged with the business but these are not the hollow platitudes from an HR guru. The ideas are grounded in great stories that illustrate just why these simple things are sometimes hard to do if you don't have your head, heart and soul in the business.But it is not all fluffy either. We gain insights into the money making instinct of Richard, without which he would have still been making records for psychedelic rock bands as an independent retailer. He talks of a friend who considered... 5/5 Mr. P. Cook (GILLINGHAM, KENT United Kingdom) - See all my reviews, September 18, 2014

    Great read from one of the world's great leaders

    0 5/5 William Billeaud - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership (Hardcover) This is a relatively quick read from one of the great leaders in global business. His mindset and actions are much different than most Western CEOs, yet they have proven to be highly effective. What would our world look like with more Sir Richards leading business and government? We would be at least 100 years advanced. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 5, 2014
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  • Portfolio Trade

    Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School

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  • HarperCollins UK

    Branson

    Book (HarperCollins UK)

    Rating (10 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    HarperCollins UK

    A Smiling Assassin--Meticulously Researched

    This is one of the most shocking books I have ever read. Shocking not only in its content, but also in absoutely trashing my formerly favorable opinion of Branson-not just once, but over and over, practically beating my mind to a pulp.I picked up this book on a recent trip to London. I'd always had a favorable impression of Richard Branson, so I decided to buy one of his biographies. I noticed several different ones for sale. I chose this one for two reasons. The other biographies were AUTHORIZED and VETTED by Branson. This one claims to be objective, but unauthorized, and explains why this is so, very thoroughly. The book is written by an investigative historian and journalist, and is METICULOULY researched, with pages of sources sited. The book has been gone through with a fine-toothed comb by the publisher's lawyers, who have already vetted the book. Every single thing reported in this book can be completely and thoroughly substantiated.So what does this... 5/5 Imperial Topaz (Marrakesh, Morocco) - See all my reviews This review is from: Branson (Paperback) This is one of the most shocking books I have ever read. Shocking not only in its content, but also in absoutely trashing my formerly favorable opinion of Branson-not just once, but over and over, practically beating my mind to a pulp.I picked up this book on a recent trip to London. I'd always had a favorable impression of Richard Branson, so I decided to buy one of his biographies. I noticed several different ones for sale. I chose this one for two reasons. The other biographies were AUTHORIZED and VETTED by Branson. This one claims to be objective, but unauthorized, and explains why this is so, very thoroughly. The book is written by an investigative historian and journalist, and is METICULOULY researched, with pages of sources sited. The book has been gone through with a fine-toothed comb by the publisher's lawyers, who have already vetted the book. Every single thing reported in this book can be completely and thoroughly substantiated.So what does this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 5, 2002

    A real eye opener....

    0 4/5 Glen S "Glen S" (Auckland New Zealand) - See all my reviews This review is from: Branson (Paperback) I read this book back to back with "Losing My Virginity" which is Branson's autobiography - wow, to say they differ somewhat would be a slight understatement - The timelines match, and the 'events' match, but reading the reason Branson cites for a particular event or business move then reading Bower's interpretation is like comparing "The Bible" to an "Asterix and Obelix" comic book!In fact Bower's book makes Branson seem like such a criminal that one can't help feel he almost has a personal vendetta against him... it's just that bad!Definitely worth reading however, at least for the contrast. The truth, I'm sure, is somewhere in the middle of the two... 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 25, 2004

    Discover the real Brandson...

    0 5/5 Mr. SA Marchal "bookwormings" (London, UK) - See all my reviews, November 21, 2004
    List Price: $14.00


  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    Richard Branson Failure and Success: The history of a Billionaire

    Book (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

    Rating (41 reviews):
    (3.0/5)
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    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
    List Price: $6.99


  • Portfolio Hardcover

    Screw Business As Usual

    Book (Portfolio Hardcover)

    Rating (55 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Portfolio Hardcover

    OUTSTANDING - This Really Screws Business Books As Usual

    This is a must-read for anyone interested in business, entrepreneurship, social issues, the future of capitalism, and the current challenges that face the world today. Despite its playful title, this is a substantive book that advises without preaching, that is idealistic by providing real-world examples, that tells stories about famous people by focusing on their deeds not their fame, that is a highly entertaining read at the same time as dealing with challenging issues.Branson builds a strong case for the business world's potential to address social, economic, political and environmental issues by creating new business models and new ways of doing business. He does this not by some theoretical or pie-in-the sky fluff, but rather by stories of organizations and businesses that have done it. So his narrative is planted firmly in the real world and that is what is so inspiring and concrete - a departure from the usual nonsense that fills so many business, self-help and... 5/5 C. Smith - See all my reviews, December 9, 2011

    I wanted more

    0 3/5 Arfner - See all my reviews This review is from: Screw Business As Usual (Hardcover) First off, I agree wholeheartedly with the premise of the book. I agree that businesses can and should do more with the environment and social issues. This is what drove me to read this book. I was disappointed in how the book was written. I was hoping for a book explaining how to set up a sustainable business, or what companies can do to become more sustainable. Instead, the book is all stories. If you want a feel good book, this is a great one to read. If you are looking for a more serious discussion of corporate social responsibility (CSR), then this is not the book for you. Some of the parts of the book seemed to me like he was bragging about what he has done. I had to put the book down a couple of times because I got so tired of stories, and stories about what he and his company has done. Stories should provide the emotional support to a well thought out and argued book. This book was not well thought out and argued. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 24, 2011

    Great Message But Rambling & Desperately Needs Better Editing

    I'm a big fan of Richard Branson and his brand of business that blends philanthropy and social development. The stories and examples of social entrepreneurship and partnerships that Virgin's organizations and others helped spur were truly inspiring and provided ample food for thought and emulation. Beyond the level of organizational collaborations, Branson wrote at length of the many characters and personal connections behind the scenes that brought about change for good in the world. Those were the highlights of the book.The writing itself however was execrable and (for me at least) detracted from the otherwise overwhelmingly positive and inspiring message of the book. Perhaps it was a conscious editorial decision to allow Branson's personal communicative style to predominate throughout - it certainly bears a chipper, upbeat and optimistic tone that would well be immensely engaging in the course of a conversation. In the form of a book however, it comes across as... 3/5 JSC Siow "JSC Siow" (Upstate NY, United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Screw Business As Usual (Hardcover) I'm a big fan of Richard Branson and his brand of business that blends philanthropy and social development. The stories and examples of social entrepreneurship and partnerships that Virgin's organizations and others helped spur were truly inspiring and provided ample food for thought and emulation. Beyond the level of organizational collaborations, Branson wrote at length of the many characters and personal connections behind the scenes that brought about change for good in the world. Those were the highlights of the book.The writing itself however was execrable and (for me at least) detracted from the otherwise overwhelmingly positive and inspiring message of the book. Perhaps it was a conscious editorial decision to allow Branson's personal communicative style to predominate throughout - it certainly bears a chipper, upbeat and optimistic tone that would well be immensely engaging in the course of a conversation. In the form of a book however, it comes across as... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 8, 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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Space.com - Nov 27, 2013

Jenny Golden holds some of her chocolate chip cookies on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Ross, Calif. The Branson School junior has started a company, Sconset Sweetreets, that makes the cookies and donates the proceeds to charity. (Frankie Frost/Marin ...
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