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Mind Without Fear

Narrated by: Rajat K. Gupta
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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For nine years, Rajat Gupta led McKinsey & Co. - the first foreign-born person to head the world’s most influential management consultancy. He was also the driving force behind major initiatives such as the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India. A globally respected figure, he sat on the boards of distinguished philanthropic institutions such as the Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and corporations including Goldman Sachs, American Airlines, and Procter & Gamble. 

In 2011, to the shock of the international business community, Gupta was arrested and charged with insider trading. Against the backdrop of public rage and recrimination that followed the financial crisis, he was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Gupta has fought the charges and maintains his innocence to this day. 

In this book, Gupta recalls his unlikely rise from orphan to immigrant to international icon as well as his dramatic fall from grace. He writes movingly about his childhood losses, reflects on the challenges he faced as a student and young executive in the United States, and offers a rare inside glimpse into the elite and secretive culture of McKinsey, “the Firm”. And for the first time, he tells his side of the story in the scandal that destroyed his career and reputation. Candid, compelling, and poignant, Gupta’s memoir is much more than a courtroom drama; it is an extraordinary tale of human resilience and personal growth.  

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a journey it has been listening to it in his own voice. God bless sir

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This is an inspiring and valuable book. Thank you for writing your story, Rajat!

Some 37 years ago, Rajat interviewed and ultimately hired me for a support staff job at McKinsey Copenhagen. Over the years when contemplating my work history, I often thought of Rajat as being instrumental in terms of how I viewed leadership and the thoughts I had about myself in relation to work ethics, developing myself as a professsional and how I wanted to be in terms of contributing to the team I was a part of. So - needless to say - I was deeply alarmed when I learned through the annual McKinsey alumni get-togethers that Rajat had been convicted of insider trading. I could not really believe it - as I felt his character was not that of a greedy inside trader, but rather that of a humanitarian wanting to use his power and influence to do good. But I did not know. So I am deeply relieved to know what is the truth - and I totally believe that Rajat is innocent of the crimes he has been accused of. I marvel at Rajat’s thinking and his cultivation of his inner, spiritual journey during the last decade where he and his family have had to endure such atrocities. It is truly a mind without fear that will endure such inhumane acts from fellow human beings and still maintain his dignity, love and insistence on doing good in the world. What an inspiration!

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Great Biography

A true icon. So glad that I listened to the audiobook narrated by the man himself.

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  • E. Conroy
  • 02-11-19

Redundant and self-pitying

I have read nearly a dozen books related to the 2008 insider trading trials; this one is my least favorite. I admire Mr. Gupta and worked with some of the related firms during the subprime crisis, but after the first few hours, he sounds smug and indignant. Instead of telling his story and pleading for change, he sounds entitled and repeated his insistence of innocence and blamed everything around him: Raj, the prosecution, his own lawyers, the media (especially the media). Mr. Gupta relies incessantly on his credentials and connections as though that alone should place him above suspicion. Mr. Gupta did an excellent job for a first time narrator, but his editors did not do him justice by keeping in some of the written material.

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  • Sudhir
  • 20-08-19

An amazing story!

An amazing read. Very impressive story telling. Pretty emotional too.

Totally nitpicking but the one thing which you got wrong (I think) was your grand dad giving two rupees from under the bed for sweets. Assuming that was appx 60 years ago - 2 rupees in Calcutta would have been a lot for sweets.

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  • Abhirup Choudhury
  • 25-07-19

truly inspiring!

Loved it! Hearing the words spoken by the author himself makes the narrative quite relatable.

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  • Anil H
  • 23-06-19

Honest and Inspirational

Mr. Gupta's career and professional acheivements have always been inspirational and motivational, so have been his tireless pursuits for human welfare.

This book seems to be very honest and I have a sense of beleif he did not commit the crime he was convicted for.

I greatly admire is his profound sense of persevarance, deriving spiritual optimism and spiritual intelligence from Bhagavad Geeta, ultimately emerging from the difficult sentence like a winner.

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  • Rishabh Parakh
  • 04-05-19

Excellent narration and story

Rajat Gupta, one of the most successful Indian immigrants to the US, narrates a gripping and insightful life story of his incarceration and US justice system. He deeps dive into how the SEC framed him unjustly in insider trading while ignoring the main banker culprits.

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  • Old Monk
  • 29-04-19

It ain't so Joe

I had to apologize for recommending Rajat Gupta’s book to friends after having heard only the fist 2 hours. The book fell flat after that and turned into a banal recounting of his life story which has been told in a much shorter form in countless articles both in the west and in India. I personally thought Billionaires Apprentice was a much better book, more pacy and told multiple sides of the story with many more characters and left the reader to decide if he did it. After listening to Rajat’s book I’m not sure I’ve been enlightened more that before. If I was to score the audiobook, I’ll give it highest marks for delivery. He has read it well for a first time performer. But other than that. It’s a flat 2 on plot. I’ll also give his publisher, high marks for getting the audiobook out and more importantly for getting him to read it himself (although I have a feeling he wanted to tell his story after not having testified at the trail). The promotion of the book has been relentless in India with Rajat giving hourlong interviews to every notable journalist and news outlet. While most interviews have been sympathetic and hence more about his sob story and book promotion, I found Madhu Trehan’s interview on Newslaundry more balanced (bit leaning on the critical and questioning side) and worth watching.

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  • China FRazier
  • 20-04-19

And incredible well told journey

I retired from professional services, Price WaterhouseCoopers, LLP 15 years ago. Having worked in this industry as a business management consultant for many years, I understand how difficult and grueling every day life can be under the incredible, high stakes microscope of Fortune 50 leadership. This book and the phenomenal experience Rajat Gupta expresses through his soul and spirit, rise and fall from grace is both a joy and a crushing heartbreak to read. This is a story that is can only be made in America, well written, reads like a mystery novel an autobiography and a tale that will provide a basic contempt for our legal system just by listening. It’s a real and quite astonishing insight into the financial devastation of this past decade, Wall Street players and the natural downfall of many perpetuated by greed and distrust. This amazing leader whose reputation preceded him in every major institution became a victim torn to shreds albeit for the exception of his Mind Without Fear. Loved his steady narration. Certainly no one could have told the story with the passion, perspective and conviction that he did. Each chapter left me wanting to know what happened next, in his own words and whether or not Rajat Gupta came out whole. Read it and find out. Answers to a lot of question for me and our colleagues. A look into the world of business management consultants working in rare air and what that life is like, why the stakes are higher and how it must feel to free fall.

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  • Naraen K
  • 09-04-19

Rise and fall of a real titan

I can't believe one man could achieve so much in his life. I found this book very inspirational in many ways. Lots of great learnings on how to build your career without compromising on family. And the work Rajat has done to better society is mind boggling. it's really unfortunate that he was convicted for a crime he didn't commit. I hope he continues his pursuit of making a difference in the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-19

Good Story

Well written and it does convince me as listener about author's innocence but it also tells me about Rajat's personality . Seems he was an arrogant man during his hey days and hence many friends turned against him and were happy to see him fall.