Father, Son & Company: My Life at IBM and Beyond - Thomas J. Watson; Peter Petre;Bantam Press, 1990, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine ends with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In the course of sixty years, Thomas J. Watson Sr. and his son, Thomas J. Watson Jr., together built the colossus that is IBM, one of the largest and most profitable business enterprises on earth. This is their story: a riveting and revealing account of two men who loved each other — and fought each other — with a terrible fierceness. The father rose from penniless sewing-machine salesman to confidant of presidents; one of America’s great entrepreneurs, he was a selling genius who gave the world the motto THINK. But it was Thomas J. Watson Jr. who put IBM into computers, leading the company through the longest and most spectacular burst of growth in business history. Under Tom Watson Jr., IBM gave birth to the computer age and came to embody the very idea and ideal of the modern corporation. Thomas J. Watson Jr. was a tall, awkward boy with no self-confidence — always in scrapes, more interested in flying airplanes than in learning from books. He had no inclination toward business, yet at age thirteen he posed at his father’s side in a derby hat and a man’s suit, already IBM’s heir apparent. With great candour and insight, Watson writes of his “thousand-dollar-a-day” father, America’s highest-paid businessman, an executive so formidable and charismatic that his leadership evolved into a personality cult. Finally, World War II and a role as a military pilot setting up America’s Lend-Lease program in the U.S.S.R. took the author far away from his father’s overpowering influence. He emerged as his own man... and truly his father’s son.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 468
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