Threshold Resistance The Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer

ISBN-10: 0061235377

ISBN-13: 9780061235375

Edition: 2007

Authors: A. Alfred Taubman

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In the tradition of Alfred Sloan's MY YEARS WITH GENERAL MOTORS and Thomas J. Watson, Jr.'s, FATHER, SON, AND CO., this is the story of America's most innovative developer and luxury retailing pioneer Malcolm Gladwell has called him one of the unrecognized giants of modern retailing, but he is more widely known as the billionaire who went to jail for his role in a price fixing scandal. Clearly Al Taubman has had an extraordinary life. A dyslexic Jewish kid who grew up in Depressionera Detroit, Taubman made several fortunes in businesses as varied as architecture, land speculation, mall development, luxury housing, chain restaurants, and, of course, the fine art auction business. THRESHOLD RESISTANCE reveals the theme that has run through each of these endeavors. In this memoir, Taubman explains his distinctive point of view about what makes shoppers buy and how the needs and habits of individuals shape the retail environment.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/10/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

A. Alfred Taubman is the founder of Taubman Centers, Inc., one of the nation's leading real estate developers and operators of regional shopping centers. During his business career he has owned Sotheby's Holdings, the Irvine Company, A&W Restaurants, the Woodward and Lothrop and John Wanamaker department store chains, and the Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League. He also served as a director of R. H. Macy Co., Getty Oil Company, Chase Manhattan Bank, and United Brands. A major benefactor to educational, medical, and art institutions, he lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Introduction
From Pontiac to Ann Arbor
Creating My Own Path
The Golden West
Evolution of the Arcade
Creating 100 Percent Locations
Buying the Ranch
A Frosted Mug of Root Beer
Minding the Store
Fashion Statement
Sold!
Cookie Jars and Irises
Selling Art and Root Beer
Going Public
The Best and Worst of Times
Standing Alone
United States of America v. A. Alfred Taubman
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Coming Home
Epilogue
Index
Notes
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