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Peter Petre

Peter Petre ( co-wrote Arnold Schwarzenegger's memoir Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, a New York Times bestseller published in 2012. Mr. Petre also co-authored Alan Greenspan's memoir The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in 2007. Michael Kinsley noted in a New York Times review of the book, "Not only can Greenspan discourse lucidly on economic matters, but he has also written the most unexpectedly charming Washington insider memoir since Katharine Graham's a decade ago." Mr. Petre has co-authored two other bestsellers: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf's It Doesn't Take A Hero and Thomas J. Watson, Jr.'s Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond. The Los Angeles Times called the Schwarzkopf memoir "a fine and lucid book, teeming with vitality .... Schwarzkopf is a compelling storyteller." Writing about Father, Son & Co. in the New York Times, Joe Nocera declared it "the only great ghost-written CEO autobiography ever .... No one else -- not even Lee Iacocca or Jack Welch -- even comes close." Mr. Petre assisted on Robert S. McNamara's In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam and on Steven Rattner's Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry. In 2014 he co-authored a private memoir with billionaire philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.Mr. Petre was executive editor at Fortune, where he directed coverage of information technology, biotech, medicine, industrial technology, and science, and was a founding partner of the Techonomy conferences on science, technology, economics and business. He is treasurer of the Authors Guild, the largest association of book authors in the United States, and of the Authors Guild Foundation. He holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins. He and his wife Ann Banks live in Manhattan.

The Best 5 Books on Peter Petre

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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

In his signature larger-than-life style, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall is a revealing self-portrait of his illustrious, controversial, and truly unique life.

The greatest immigrant success story of our time.

His story is unique, and uniquely entertaining, and he tells it brilliantly in these pages.

He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star.

By the age of twenty-one, he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr. Universe.

Within five years, he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world.

Within ten years, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, landscaping, and bodybuilding. He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry.

Within twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family.

Thirty-six years after coming to America, the man once known by fellow body­builders as the Austrian Oak was elected governor of California, the seventh largest economy in the world.

He led the state through a budget crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, working across party lines for a better environment, election reforms, and bipartisan solutions.

With Maria Shriver, he raised four fantastic children. In the wake of a scandal he brought upon himself, he tried to keep his family together.

Until now, he has never told the full story of his life, in his own voice.

Here is Arnold, with total recall.
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Vida Total: Mi Historia Increíble (Spanish Edition)


Su historia es única, divertida, y en estas páginas la cuenta de manera brillante.

Nació durante un año de hambruna en un pequeño pueblo de Austria, hijo de un jefe de policía muy austero. Soñaba con mudarse a los Estados Unidos para convertirse en campeón del fisiculturismo y estrella de cine.

A los veintiún años vivía en Los Ángeles y ya había sido coronado como Mr. Universo.

Cinco años más tarde había aprendido a hablar inglés y se había convertido en el mejor fisiculturista del mundo.

Diez años más tarde había completado su título universitario y se había vuelto millonario gracias a sus empresas comerciales en el sector inmobiliario, el paisajismo y el fisiculturismo. También había ganado un Golden Globe por su debut como actor dramático en Stay Hungry.

Veinte años más tarde era la estrella de cine más famosa del mundo, estaba casado con Maria Shriver y era un líder republicano emergente que formaba parte de la familia Kennedy.

Treinta y seis años después de haber llegado a los Estados Unidos, el hombre que alguna vez fue conocido entre sus compañeros fisiculturistas como el "roble austriaco" fue elegido como gobernador de California, la séptima economía más grande del mundo.

Gobernó el estado a lo largo de una crisis presupuestaria, desastres naturales y disturbios políticos, trabajando con ambos lados del espectro político para crear un mejor ambiente, reformas electorales y soluciones bipartidistas.

Con Maria Shriver crió a cuatro hijos fantásticos. En medio del escándalo que él mismo creó, intentó mantener a su familia unida.

Hasta ahora nunca ha contado la historia completa de su vida, en su propia voz.

Éste es Arnold. Ésta es su vida total.
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It Doesn't Take a Hero : The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

He set his star by a simple motto: duty, honor,  country. Only rarely does history grant a single  individual the ability, personal charisma, moral  force, and intelligence to command the respect,  admiration, and affection of an entire nation. But such  a man is General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander  of the Allied Forces in the Gulf War. Now, in this  refreshingly candid and typically outspoken  autobiography, General Schwarzkopf reviews his  remarkable life and career: the events, the adventures, and  the emotions that molded the character and shaped  the beliefs of this uniquely distinguished  American leader.
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The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

From the bestselling author of The Map and the Territory and Capitalism in America 

The Age Of Turbulence
is Alan Greenspan’s incomparable reckoning with the contemporary financial world, channeled through his own experiences working in the command room of the global economy longer and with greater effect than any other single living figure. Following the arc of his remarkable life’s journey through his more than eighteen-year tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board to the present, in the second half of The Age of Turbulence Dr. Greenspan embarks on a magnificent tour d’horizon of the global economy. The distillation of a life’s worth of wisdom and insight into an elegant expression of a coherent worldview, The Age of Turbulence will stand as Alan Greenspan’s personal and intellectual legacy.
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Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond

In this eloquent first-person account of a family drama that changed the face of American business, the man who transformed IBM into the world's largest computer company reflects on his lifelong partnership with his father--and how their management style and shared dedication to excellence united to create a unique corporate culture that became the blueprint for the entire technology boom.

In the course of sixty years Thomas J. Watson Sr. and his son, Thomas J. Watson Jr., together built the international colossus that is IBM. This is their story: a riveting and revealing account of two men who loved each other--and fought each other--with a terrible fierceness.

But along with the story of a father and son, this is IBM's story too. It chronicles the management insights that shaped its course and its unique corporate culture, the style that made Thomas Watson Sr. one of America's most charismatic bosses, and the daring decisions by Thomas Watson Jr. that transformed IBM into the world's largest computing company. One of the greatest business-success stories of all time, Father, Son & Co. is a moving lesson for fathers who dream for their children, as well as a testament to American ingenuity and values, told in a disarmingly frank and eloquent voice.

Promising to remain an important business reference as we move into the next century, FATHER, SON & CO. takes a look at the management insight that helped to shape IBM's course and unique corporate culture.  It looks at Watson, Sr., one of America's most charismatic bosses, and Watson, Jr., who spurred IBM into the computer age.

Ten years after its original publication, FATHER, SON & CO. remains a uniquely honest book. Watson's willingness to write about the loving but ferociously combative relationship he had with his father and the turbulent battles behind some of IBM's most far-reaching decisions gives readers rare insights into the realities of leadership. -->
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