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Bower, Tom  Tiny Rowland:  A Rebel Tycoon, Heinemann, 1993, pp659.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  "This is an account of the life and career of the entrepreneur, Tiny Rowland, the head of Lonrho and the owner of The Observer.  It is a story of empire-building, unresolved mystery, commercial skulduggery, financial acumen, and confrontations with a succession of governments in Europe, America and Africa. The book reflects not only the fortunes of an individualist, but the ambitions, machinations and limitations of an array of power-brokers in the City, Whitehall, Wall Street and elsewhere in the world."  £4.95

Brown, Mick  Richard Branson:  The Inside Story, Michael Joseph, 1988, pp278.  Fine in a VG+ dust wrapper.  Traces Branson’s meteoric career.  £3.95

Burnett R G  Through the Mill, Epworth, 1945, pp226.  Inscription.  Hb.  VG-.  Slight wear to the covers.  A biography of Joseph Rank.  £3.95

Clark Ronald W  Edison:  The Man Who Made the Future, Macdonald & Jane’s, 1977, pp256.  VG+ in a VG+ dust wrapper.  A comprehensive biography of the inventor of the light bulb and phonograph.  £3.95

Collier, Peter and Horowitz, David  The Fords  An American Epic, Collins, 1988, pp496 plus 88 illustrations  Hard Cover.  No dust wrapper.  VG.  The story of the Ford car family dynasty.  £3.95

Davies,  Hunter  The Eddie Stobart Story, Harper Collins, 2002, pp364 plus p16 of illustrations.  Pb. Very Good.  "The world's greatest haulier - a rags-to-riches tale of British entrepreneurialism."  £1.95

Ford, Henry  My Life & Work,  Heinemann, 1924, pp289.  First published in 1922.   No dust wrapper.  Fair.  Rubbing and general wear to the covers, particularly down the spine.  Foxing to the pages.  The autobiography of Henry Ford written in collaboration with Samuel Crowther.  £3.95

Gasson, Roy  Never Look Backwards, Adventure in business being the memoirs of a business executive, printed privately, 1968, pp128.  Large format.  VG in a Fair dust wrapper.  Gasson was with the Metal Box Co and Johnson and Johnson.  £4.95

Geoffrey Heyworth: A Memoir, Unilever, 1985, pp71.  No dw.  VG.  Heyworth was chairman of Unilever from 1947-1960.  This monograph consists of a series of brief tributes from those associated with various aspects of his career.  £3.95

Glynn, Jenifer  Prince of Publishers: A Biography of the Great Victorian Publisher, George Smith, Allison & Busby, 1986, pp232.  Hb.  Very Good in a Very Good dust wrapper.  George Smith founded the publishing house of Smith & Elder.  He was a self-made millionaire and a friend of Bronte, Thackeray, Mrs Gaskell, George Eliot, John Ruskin and Leslie Stephen.  £4.95

Hall, Richard  My Life with Tiny:  A Biography of Tiny Roland, Faber and Faber, 1987, pp257.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.   Traces Tiny Roland’s "rumbustious" career from his birth in a centre for enemy aliens in India, through his successes with Lonhro and his unsuccessful fight for Harrods.  £3.95

Harris T R  Arthur Woolf, The Cornish Engineer 1766 – 1837, BB, 1966, pp112.  Pb.   Fair.  Slight creasing & wear to the edges of the covers.  £7.50

Iacocca, Lee  Iacocca: An Autobiography, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1985, pp352. VG+/VG. At Ford Iacocca introduced the Mustang and rose to be president only to be fired by Henry Ford.  He then took over at Chrysler where he rescued the company from bankruptcy.  £3.95

Jacobs, Joseph J  The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur:  Family, Culture  and Ethics, Macdonald, 1991, pp274.  VG+ in a VG+ dust wrapper.  Founder of the Jacobs Engineering Group, a USA chemical engineering company.  "A warm and engrossing tale of four decades of building a billion dollar engineering firm from the ground up.  Jacobs recounts both his disheartening failures and his stunning successes."  £3.95

Lenzner, Robert  Getty: The Richest Man in the World, Hutchison, 1985, pp283.  Hard Cover.  Very Good+ in a Very Good dust wrapper.  Slight wear at the corners of the dust wrapper.  A comprehensive biography based on extensive research.  £3.95

Macpherson, Hugh (Editor)  John Spedan Lewis 1885-1963: Remembered by some of his contemporaries in the centenary year of his birth, John Lewis, 1985, pp222.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  A centenary tribute to John Spedan Lewis by some of his contemporaries.  £3.95

Maher, Terry  Against My Better Judgement: Adventures in the City and in the Book Trade, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994, pp223.  Hb.  Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust wrapper.  Terry Maher founded Pentos in 1972 and was responsible for establishing the Dillons chain of bookstores.  £2.95

Miller, Russell  The House of Getty, BCA/Michael Joseph, 1986, pp362.  Hb.  Fine/Fine.   A biography of the eccentric oil billionaire John Paul Getty.  £3.95

Pauli, Herta E  Alfred Nobel:  Dynamite King - Architect of Peace, Nicholson & Watson, 1947, pp323.  No dust wrapper.  VG with some yellowing and foxing of pages.  A comprehensive biography.  £4.95

Philips, Frederick  45 Years with Philips: Autobiography of Frederick Philips, Blandford Press, 1978, pp280 plus 45 illustrations.  Fine in a VG+ dust wrapper.  Frederick’s father and uncle founded Philips.  His own autobiography covers the period 1930 - 1975.  £3.95

Robens, Lord  Ten Year Stint, Cassell, London, 1972, pp342.  Inscription.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  The dust wrapper has been internally repaired at the head of the spine.  Lord Roben's account of his 10 years as Chairman of the National Coal Board from 1961 to 1971.  £3.95

Rolt L T C  Landscape with Machines: An Autobiography, Longman, 2nd impression of 1st edition 1971, pp230 plus pp16 of illustrations. Inscription.  Hb. VG/VG; Landscape with Canals: An Autobiography, Allen Lane, 1987, pp188.  Inscription.  Hb. VG/VG; Landscape with Figures: The Final Part of his Autobiography, Alan Sutton, 1st edition 1992, pp188. Inscription.  Hb.  Fine/Fine.  All three volumes of Tom Rolt’s autobiography: £48.50

Sieff, Marcus  Don't Ask the Price: The Memoirs of the President of Marks & Spencer,  Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986, pp260 plus 21 b/w illustrations.  Hb.  VG/VG.  Lord Sieff's autobiography.  £3.95

Sloan, Alfred P  My Years with General Motors, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1986, pp472.  Hb.  There is a tiny tear in the dust wrapper, otherwise F/F.  Sloan transformed General Motors from a sprawling loosely organised company into the largest private company in the world.  £4.95

Thompson, Peter and Delano, Anthony  Maxwell:  A Portrait of Power, Bantam Press, 1988, p256.  Fine in a VG dust wrapper.  There is a library stamp on the copyright page but no other evidence of library ownership.  “The definitive unauthorised biography of a truly extraordinary man.”  £3.95

Unwin, Sir Stanley  The Truth about a Publisher: An Autobiographical Record, Allen & Unwin, 1960, pp465.  Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  The memoirs of Stanley Unwin of Allen & Unwin.  £3.95

Wang A N  Lessons: An Autobiography, Addison Wesley, 1986, pp250.  With Eugene Linden.  Hb.  VG/VG.  The story of the founder of Wang Computers.  £4.95

Watson, Thomas J Jr. and Petrie, Peter  Father, Son & Co.  My Life at IBM and Beyond, Bantam, 1990, pp468.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  The autobiography of the man behind the modern IBM.  £4.95              

Worthy, James C  William C. Norris:  Portrait of a Maverick, Founder of Control Data Corporation, Ballinger (Harper and Row), Boston, 1987, pp259.  VG in a VG- dust wrapper.  The dust wrapper shows signs of wear around edges.  The story of CDC.  £5.95

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