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Fans of the hit television show M*A*S*H know Wayne Rogers as the actor who played Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre. They may not know that, offscreen, Rogers has a long record of business success. He reveals how he studied the usual business systems and then worked around them to come out ahead. Rogers hopes that readers will extrapolate lessons from his experiences: Work with people you trust, seek innovative solutions and provide excellent customer service – common sense tenets you’ll find in almost any business book. However, remember that taking off into a field of business about which you know nothing is a lot like boarding an army helicopter at a wartime mobile field hospital and chopper-riding into the wild blue yonder. You have to bring the right doctor’s bag of skills along to get away with it. getAbstract considers this breezy hodge-podge of business philosophy, political views and personal experiences an engaging page-turner for any business student or fan of M*A*S*H.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How actor Wayne Rogers succeeded by working outside the usual business system,
  • How to apply creativity to certain business challenges and
  • How an unconventional approach can help you get ahead.

About the Authors

Actor Wayne Rogers, who wrote this book with journalist Josh Young, starred in the hit television show M*A*S*H. He is a successful entrepreneur, Broadway producer as well as a business co-owner. He is also a board member of Vishay Intertechnology.



Rogers’s Mish-M*A*S*H Career
Wayne Rogers discovered his love for acting when a friend invited him to watch a rehearsal for a play. Over the course of his career, he’s acted and produced plays, movies and television programs. His roles include Gambler in Cool Hand Luke

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