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Summary

In 1991, Gerald Ratner was booked to make what should have been an everyday speech at the Institute of Directors. Should have been. When the word "crap" came out of his mouth in connection with a decanter and a glasses set sold by his company, H. Samuel, it all turned out slightly different. 

The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again tells the full story, in Gerald Ratner's own words, of what lead him to that point at the IoD, the horror of what happened in the immediate aftermath, the fallout, and the comeback. This is the first time Gerald Ratner has given his side of the story. And what a story it is. You'll find out: 

  • How he wiped £500 million off the value of his own company virtually overnight
  • All the details about the initial gaffe and how he compounded it by remarking that some of the earrings were cheaper than an M&S prawn sandwich but probably wouldn't last as long
  • How "doing a Ratner" has entered into the vocabulary of British business
  • The wilderness years sitting glued to the sofa in front of Countdown 
  • How he has bounced back, rediscovering his entrepreneurial spark by building up a health club business and, more recently, the immensely successful online jewelry retailer Geraldonline.com 
  • The story's not over yet....
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Don't give up!

Entertaining and enlightening at the same time.
Really touched the human aspects, a pleasure to read.

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  • 14-12-17

Awesome

Great story and very honest. Mr Ratner narrates the book brilliantly and make the story come to life.

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What an amazing man!

You need to listen to this! The 'real' story of a man that never gave up is really inspirational.
It just goes to show you what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
Thanks for sharing Gerald!!

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Great Book

I especially enjoy autobiographies about businessmen and this is one of the most enjoyable I have listened to. Some people comment about his narration, to me it made it sound even more real and definitely added to the charm of the book.

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fantastic listen well told duty

Enjoyed it , knew the headline story, great to hear the background story , and find out about how life shapes people.

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Remarkable guy, very inspirational

Great story, feeling really privileged to have met Gerald (and taken a selfie with him)
It’s also great that he read the book too, and is the first audible that I couldn’t “put down”, the story was so captivating .

Truly remarkable guy.

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Wonderful, informative, inspirational!

Not only is this offering a must for any entrepreneur or business person - it's also a must for anyone seeking a compelling biography of a resolute, determined leader.

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Great story

Very inspirational story and I enjoyed hearing it from the horses mouth. I don’t think it would have come across as real if this was narrated by someone other than Mr Ratner
Highly reccomended

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  • S. Moseley
  • Warrington,, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • 19-11-17

Very engaging book

I was looking for a business book that would be motivating, yet devoid of the usual cliches and hype. I wanted a book that spoke to the crushed, those who have battled in business and are bruised from the fight and yet are looking to summon the energy to start all over again. This popped up in my recommendations and it fits the bill perfectly. A brilliant read and just the tonic I need to inspire me to pick myself up and start again.

While the story itself was gripping, I picked up even more from what was not said - his character comes across clearly and I can see the ways in which his approach is so different from mine and that has helped me to see where I can make changes.

Gerald Ratner comes across as a really decent man who was unjustly shafted by the media. After reading this I think I would have to put him at the top of any list of business people that I respect and admire.

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  • SPRish
  • Bristol, England
  • 19-11-18

What a retail tale.

I've heard Mr Ratner speak. Brilliant, laugh out loud and then ponder his highs and lows. This book is the same. He keeps up the speed and tells it how he sees it. Often self deprecating and never dull. Particularly interesting reflections on the 80s culture.
I love the author reading the book. Great. But Mr Ratner is no actor and frequently trips up on his own prose. (and some poor production as is so usual in audiobooks - did producers never hear of the modest silence needed between paragraphs?)

Loved the story and delighted he sounds a happy and wiser man by the end.

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  • GARRY F. COSTNER
  • 05-06-18

Interesting and inspiring.

I had the pleasure of meeting Gerald Ratner at what was the Waikaloa Hyatt while on a company trip around 1991. As an employee of Kay, Sterling and Signet jewelers for over 40 years I’ve many times wondered what had gone on during those times and after reading the book have came away inspired by the story of Gerald’s recovery and success.