This fascinating book tells a story common to many companies over the last 50 years of growth, expansion, and diversification.
This is the story of an actual company, the McCrory Corporation. Founded over a century ago in a tiny Pennsylvania town, the single McCrory variety store rose to become one of America's major corporations through a succession of mergers. It is also the story of Samuel Neaman, a quixotic, eccentric Israeli who was made head of the floundering company by Meshulam Riklis, a conglomerator and America's highest paid corporate executive in 1975. It tells of the people who worked for the company; who made it, who loved it, and who hated it; who lived for it and suffered for it; and above all, the love-hate relationship between Sam Neaman and Meshulam Riklis.
From the back cover blurb:
...The title of the book is derived from Sam Neaman's penchant to favor "subordinates lean and hungry enough to sacrifice family life and other interests for the good of the company."
From Book News, Inc.:
The McCrory corporation began over 100 years ago with one variety store in a tiny Pennsylvania town and grew to become one of America's major corporations. Barmash, a veteran business journalist, tells the story of the company's rise and expansion, looking at changes in ownership and management, personnel, and conflicts between the company's leaders. Annotation ©2004
Isadore Barmash, a veteran business journalist and author, was associated with the New York Times for more than a quarter-century as business-financial writer and editor. He also contributed many articles for national media, Reuters America, and the Nikon Keizai Shimbun of Japan. He has published 13 books, including Macy's for Sale and Welcome to Our Conglomerate-You're Fired! He is listed in the 57th edition of Who's Who in America.
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