Amazing Entrepreneurs by Charles Margerison

Amazing Entrepreneurs by Dr. Charles Margerison is nothing less than a fascinating glimpse into the hearts and souls of 25 world-shaping businessmen and women.

This erudite — yet highly readable — volume profiles some of the best-known names in twentieth century industry: telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, airplane pioneer William Edward Boeing, and automotive powerhouse Henry Ford, to name but a few.

Dr. Margerison’s arresting style of presentation for these fact-filled vignettes is at once informative, inspirational and lyrical, arranged in a free-flowing style that compels the reader to move seamlessly from one “autobiographical” thought to another.

Little-known factoids bump against major career milestones as each entrepreneur tells his or her story. For example, everyone remembers Bell’s famous summons to his assistant over the first successful telephone line:

“‘Mr Watson-Come here-I want to see you.’ It was March 10th 1876. Our test had worked (and) it was the start of a revolution that changed the world.”

Yet, you may be surprised to learn that Bell also invented the now-ubiquitous metal detectors found everywhere from airports to rock concerts — in an effort to locate the bullet that killed President James Garfield.

Similarly, you may recall Thomas Edison’s famous quote: “‘Achievement is ‘1% inspiration and 99% perspiration’.” But few know that all his lifelong contributions to the development of the light bulb, the kinetescope (movie projector) and the X-ray machine would not have happened without the crucial loan of a single dollar bill from a friend when he was penniless and starving on the streets of New York City.

Finally, the book details many lesser-known entrepreneurs, like Madam C.J. Walker, who revolutionized hair products for black women and subsequently became ” a millionairess.” Along the way, she provided invaluable philanthropical assistance to civil rights groups like the fledgling NAACP, and, upon her death, left three-quarters of her fortune to charity, saying:  “‘Free enterprise needs to support the society on which it depends.'”

This book is a rousing celebration of the power of positive thinking and perseverance. Indeed, the one thing each of these 25 trailblazing business leaders shared is arguably the single most essential ingredient for long-term success: the dogged drive to never give up.

Five stars to Amazing Entrepreneurs. It’s sure to inspire a whole new generation of future innovators.

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