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Mike Bloomberg’s story ranks as one of modern business and political history’s most inspiring and instructive tales. Take an average, middle-class man with uncommon vigor. Then, imbue him with the discipline and confidence to take maximum advantage of the great opportunities he encountered in college, Wall Street and, eventually, the electrified world of New York City politics. New York Times reporter Joyce Purnick’s fluid writing style makes this portrait of an ethical, tough, innovative leader flow seamlessly, so readers can easily enjoy and absorb its themes and stories. getAbstract recommends her breezy, deft, comprehensive presentation of Bloomberg’s uplifting life story to executives, political strategists and aspiring leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Mike Bloomberg became a billionaire and mayor of New York City;
  • How Bloomberg founded a giant media company; and
  • How he transformed himself from an entrepreneur and philanthropist into a wily politician.
 

About the Author

New York Times reporter Joyce Purnick wrote the paper’s award-winning, Metro Matters column for 10 years. She joined the paper in 1979, after stints at the New York Post and New York magazine, becoming the first woman to head the Times’ City Hall bureau and its Metro department. She has, so far, covered six mayors of New York.

 

Summary

The Unlikely Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg was born in Medford, Massachusetts, near Boston, into a middle-class Jewish family. His father, William, a corporate accountant, met his mother, Charlotte, an auditor, when they both worked for a large dairy company. William was doting and permissive...

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