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I Love Capitalism!

An American Story
Narrated by: Ken Langone
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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New York Times Best Seller

Iconoclastic entrepreneur and New York legend Ken Langone tells the compelling story of how a poor boy from Long Island became one of America's most successful businessmen.

Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream - of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic.

In a series of fascinating stories, Langone shows how he struggled to get an education, break into Wall Street, and scramble for an MBA at night while competing with privileged competitors by day. He shares how he learned how to evaluate what a business is worth and apply his street smarts to eight-figure and nine-figure deals. And he's not shy about discussing, for the first time, his epic legal and PR battle with former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer.

His ultimate theme is that free enterprise is the key to giving everyone a leg up. As he writes:   

This book is my love song to capitalism. Capitalism works! And I'm living proof - it works for everybody. Absolutely anybody is entitled to dream big, and absolutely everybody should dream big. I did. Show me where the silver spoon was in my mouth. I've got to argue profoundly and passionately: I'm the American Dream.

©2018 Ken Langone (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Respect

It's a great story, absolutely worth your time.

Narration by Mr Langone is spot on.

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Kenneth Langone is an example of Good Business

I love capitalistism too! many entrepreneur s should study the character of men such as Kenneth Langone

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What a story

I loved the book from the very start. Ken Langone is such a character. He’s one of the best example of how to be a man of your words. I think the book is a gem in business category. A must read for a business oriented minds.

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  • james
  • 19-05-18

Great Story..

I really enjoyed the book and some of the anecdotes were priceless. The best was Ross Perot losing out on making a 2 million dollar investment that would roughly be worth 150 billion today. Why? Read the book and find out.. Great job Ken.
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  • D. C. Cooper
  • 22-05-18

Good autobiography

Ken Langone’s story is an inspiration to those who think you have to be rich to make it big in America. His story shows that it is not only possible but definitely doable IF you are willing to work hard and take chances. It’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.

His best advice for capitalism is at the end of the book. Take care of All of your people. From the bottom up. That’s how you have a successful company. Too often today companies only care about their bottom line and are happy to get rid of their people. They should take lessons from Ken. Because they don’t, we get young people wanting Bernie Sanders. They need to change or capitalism will be over.

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  • Jared M.
  • 01-12-19

Save your money, he clearly has enough!

I really wanted to like this book however the author spent so much time patting himself on the back rather than sharing anything that could be deemed useful. My only hope is that he stretched before writing this book because at his age he could really pull something!
I didn't expect a blueprint or a "How to get rich" tutorial however for someone who claims to have done so many great things, and help so many people the only thing he helped me with was being a few bucks shorter in the pocketbook.

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  • The MAKEUP ACADEMY
  • 23-11-19

A great story about a legend

Ok I’ve always known who ken Langone was but last summer i saw him on CNBC getting attacked 4 on 1 by the left wing hosts of squawk box about his support for trump. His authentic reply and seeing an 80 year old single handedly fend off 4 people with pure facts and wisdom intrigued me to learn more from him. I found his book. It’s a straight up biography of his life. He narrates the entire thing with his raspy voice and Long Island accent. I finished in two days. He tells a great story of his highs and lows. The book is sort of like your grandfather giving you a pep talk on Christmas Day. I loved his story and his rise on Wall Street. The only thing i didn’t like was in the middle of chapter 10 he completely skips over how he started Home Depot. Literally he’s in the middle of a story and says “ok now fast forward 20 years i co founded Home Depot and now I’m doing something else “ lol. Great book of insight for people who look up to Wall Street tycoons. Very fast reading.

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  • Dwayne Wayne
  • 20-11-19

Exceptional story!

I actually struggled with his voice in the beginning but it made it all the more authentic!

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  • Bill Stayart
  • 13-11-19

I love capitalism too!

I love this story I Love Ken I wish I could meet him this story is the American story this is the American dream God bless you can your family and all those that have helped you reach the heights that you have I'm a Home Depot stock holder and I love Home Depot thank you Ken

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  • Robin
  • 26-08-19

Absolutely great story

Loved his story and the way he tells it. I’m sure lots of people will have trouble listening to his voice the entire book but I didn’t mind at all. Has allot of life lessons built right in and I’m definitely keeping this one.

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  • Jeffery
  • 16-08-19

Outstanding Book

Outstanding Book, Mr Langone’s reading of this book definitely gives authenticity and personality to an already great story. This book is a nail bitter, a sit on the edge of your seat, or in my case, sit in my car in the parking lot of a grocery store, and listen until he’s finished- kind of book. So good. So honest. So inspiring. For a young entrepreneur, looking for more validation that capitalism and ethnically principled business is still just as valid as it ever was (or even more so now than ever), this book is a must read/listen. Thanks Ken, thank you Sir for writing and reading this book when you obviously didn’t have to! Truly a great American Classic!

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  • Beachy 131
  • 11-08-19

Great book a lot to learn

Great audio book, I really enjoyed listening to this book. Learning about all the smart investment moves, and the start of Home Depot. There is a Lot of cursing in this book. I had to shut it off when my kids were around.
I think Ken needed to wash his mouth out with soap. It is still a great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-19

The American Dream

This well written autobiography contains business experiences, humor and other components that makes it a must read/hear.