Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison (Hardback)Howard Green (author)
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Never accepting the status quo, Harrison not only renovated established railroads, he forced an industry to shape up. As the pre-eminent proponent of Precision Scheduled Railroading, Harrison created approximately $50 billion in shareholder value. Charming, intimidating, and not afraid to make enemies, the no-bullshit CEO let nothing get in his way. At the same time, he was a talent scout and coach to thousands, and a devoted father and husband for more than fifty years.
Railroader offers insights into running all businesses. Howard Green's highly personal biography is deeply researched, based on conversations with Harrison over several years. It also includes candid stories from Harrison's family and colleagues - those who admired him and those who criticized him. Green's access and decades of experience give him the unparalleled ability to tell the story of this uncompromising leader who both inspired and infuriated.
Publisher: Page Two Books, Inc.
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 229 x 153 mm
Finalist for the National Business Book Award
"An interesting read."
- Warren Buffet
"The definitive volume on the life and career of two-time Railway Age Railroader of the Year Ewing Hunter Harrison III." Railway Age
"Green plays to his strengths in Railroader:.... Green also excels at narrating the deals that shaped Harrison's career.... Green's immersion in the world of high finance and familiarity with the view from the C-suite really shines through. And more than three hundred hours of interviews with Harrison, his family, and close associates paint a detailed, intimate portrait of the man himself."
"Thorough, readable, and expansive biography.... This is ultimately a business book, but reveals much about Harrison the person."
"New and engaging biography.... What Green delivers in Railroader is insight into Hunter the man, and his paradox.... Howard Green has written a Jim-dandy of a book."
"Green's book offers new insights into the development of Harrison's business model.... It also reveals a CEO that although a demanding workaholic was also passionate about developing talent around him.... Green's book is a frank account of his career. It doesn't shy away from hot topics, like Harrison's poor health when he began at CSX, and it digs deeper into stories that have been 'Hunterized.'.... It also shares revelations from the deals that never were."
-Jacksonville Business Journal
"Well-researched.... Green paints a picture of a colorful and complex self-made man.... Green unearths a few previously untold stories of corporate intrigue.... Green adds rich insider details to Harrison's public exploits.... Harrison critics and fans alike will find Railroader to be an engaging, insightful look at the man who could be funny and furious, charming and tough, but always interesting."
"Filled with telling details.... Incisive and well-balanced biography."
-Journal of Commerce
"Hunter Harrison was a colorful man with a zest for life and a passion for railroading. He was certainly the greatest modern manager of these massive networks of commerce that undergird industrial society. Railroader is the story of an interesting life and the intricacies of complex managerial challenges, woven into an enjoyable and highly informative book."
-Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation
"Railroader presents both a fascinating business story with global resonance and a very personal tale of a life fully lived in a 'no-holds barred' fashion to the very end. It is a brilliant profile of an enigmatic, somewhat obsessed, railroad mercenary, who turned his industry on its head, with new benchmarks for future generations of leaders. Lots of juicy learnings throughout."
-Calin Rovinescu, president & CEO, Air Canada
"Precision railroading was his vision and unbending will his advantage. In this tightly written account of Hunter Harrison's fifty years of extraordinary achievement, Howard Green has captured the essence of the man. A valuable history and, as well, a great read."
-Bill Downe, former president & CEO, BMO Financial Group
"A great read. Railroader offers a balanced view of Hunter Harrison's complex personality. Hunter Harrison, like Steve Jobs, is proof that a strong, knowledgeable leader with a vision can make a huge difference."
-Jim Keohane, president & CEO, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
"A riveting, up-close profile of one of the most successful and controversial CEOs of the modern era. Railroader is a master class in sharp-elbowed management in a fabled industry. Part hard ass, part mentor, part preacher, Hunter Harrison goes from one railroad to another to another to another, turning them all around and creating conflict everywhere he went. You won't be able to put this book down."
-Ali Velshi, anchor, MSNBC and business correspondent, NBC News
"Howard Green infuses his narrative with the passion and snap that epitomized Hunter Harrison's consummate success running four different North American railroads. Railroader is an affectionate but blunt portrayal that is a lively, compelling read, giving vibrant, human texture to an exceptional business career."
-Derek Burney, former Canadian ambassador to the United States
"This book energized me to approach business and life just a little more like Hunter Harrison.... Howard Green masterfully puts you up close and personal with a man who's both utterly straightforward yet complicated, all while giving a great perspective on what was happening in business at the time.... This is one of the best books I've ever read."
-Nicole Verkindt, founder and CEO, OMX
"Revered and reviled, Hunter Harrison was a CEO like no other. He transformed North American railroads. He repriced executive compensation. He ignited debates about safety and competitiveness, and left us all debating the price of precision.... In Railroader, Howard Green captures the man in full, with an intimate yet nuanced portrait of an uncompromising, compulsive executive whose legacy both endures and confounds."
-John Stackhouse, senior vice-president, RBC, and former editor-in-chief, The Globe and Mail
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