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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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  • D. C. Cooper
  • 22-05-2018

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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  • james
  • 19-05-2018

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.
Jim Power

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  • Prezbell24
  • 13-11-2018

Leftists will hate it

The US capitalist system is still the great equalizer. Anyone can make it with common sense, hard work and an idea. The modern academy won’t admit it, but it’s true. Langone lived it, and tells it well.

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  • Flashy
  • 15-02-2019

An Inspiring Story For Everyone!

Ken Langone is the embodiment of a great businessman, but more importantly the embodiment of a great person. His story is full of wonderful lessons for us all, both in and out of business.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2019

As good as I hoped for!

I really enjoyed hearing your life’s story Ken. You being the narrator certainly added to the experience.

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  • Southernarcher
  • 11-02-2019

Wow! This a great book. Thank you Ken.

Ken really explains how Capitalism is supposed to work. Even though the system is so heavily regulated its still the best Economic system on Earth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-2019

Billionaire straight talk!

Mr.Langone gives it to you straight. Great husband great father spiritual and sounds like a tremendously honest businessman! Quickest audiobook I’ve ever listen to because I couldn’t stop listening to it and all of Ken’s great stories!

Highly recommend!

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  • Michael Brisciana
  • 29-01-2019

Authentic and enthralling

Detailing his remarkable career, Mr. Langone's sincerity, passion, humility, and love of people and business shines through in every word. Truly a must listen!

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  • Amozah Rivers
  • 26-01-2019

What a story to tell

Mr langone’s vivid memory of influential people and times in his life is utterly admirable. What a great story of hope and inspiration and proof that big and great things can happen if you’re willing to put in the work!! Stellar

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-2019

This book is unlistenable. It's a droning story.

I'm not sure there is a point to the disconnected, droning story. I couldn't even finish it.

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  • Tomek
  • 24-01-2019

Respect

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

Narration by Mr Langone is spot on.

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  • bonde
  • 08-07-2018

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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  • Teodor K.
  • 20-06-2018

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.