Sunday, July 26, 2009

Book #31: Made in America

Sam Walton: Made In America Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sam Walton's book was much more pleasant to read than I thought it would be. Written in the years before his death, the book gives a brief history of Wal-Mart and also serves as an ode to Walton's self-made principles. I felt that a large part of the book was spent answering his critics — those who called him cheap and who thought Wal-Mart could have treated their employees better — and at times the book came off as defensive.

I grew up going to Wal-Mart (Wally World as my mom still calls it whenever we're in Great Bend) and now I live in Wal-Mart's playground, so it was interesting (and humbling) to see how the company came to fruition. I was also surprised to learn that the Topeka store that my family frequented when I was in high school was one of only two HyperMart concept stores in the country.

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