Summary of Am I Being Too Subtle?
From AM I BEING TOO SUBTLE? by Sam Zell. Summarized by arrangement with Portfolio an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.
Real estate entrepreneur Sam Zell earned his nickname, “Grave Dancer,” from an article he wrote in 1976 about resurrecting distressed real estate properties and starting over. His autobiography details how this son of immigrants became an investor and entrepreneur famous for his success in commercial real estate. Zell got involved in real estate during college, managing a student apartment complex despite having no experience. His investments grew, and he expanded into other industries. He also covers some business advice and history, including his professional and personal setbacks, such as his failure to turn around the Tribune Company and the death of his friend and business partner, Bob Lurie. getAbstract recommends Zell’s colorful account to readers who enjoy sagas from inside the halls of business.
In this summary, you will learn
- How real estate entrepreneur Sam Zell built his empire,
- How Zell utilized real estate investment trusts (REITs) and “net operating loss carry-forwards” (NOLs) to increase his fortune, and
- How Zell acquired the Tribune Company.
About the Author
Entrepreneur and investor Sam Zell founded Equity Group Investments in 1968 and remains its chairman.