I just read it for the first time‚ 25 years after its release, and it is amazing how the problems he had to address are still plaguing industries today.
The book was a record-breaking #1 bestseller in its heyday so many of you may have read it before. I just read it for the first time, years after its release, and it is amazing how the problems he had to address are still plaguing industries today. Honestly, it was almost unapparent that I wasn’t reading a book written this year seeing as how it described government bailouts, red tape between big industry and the Fed, regulatory inhibition to progress, a weak economy, and “free trade” (you’ll understand why “free trade” is in quotations if you read the book, or are informed on the workings of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trades) between the United States and other major industrial countries like Japan.
In addition to the political subject matter, Iacocca‚ is a very good read. It kept me wanting to turn each page with excitement. In Lee’s own words when describing the success of his book‚ “People started asking me how a book with no sex, no violence, and no spies could sell so well. I honestly didn’t know, and I was supposed to be a marketing genius.” I think it has something to do with the American Dream – a desire to succeed, and this book is about hard work and what it takes for success. I give it four stars today, and probably would have given it four stars 25 years ago.