Compassionate Capitalism: People Helping People Help Themselves

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A trenchant examination of the roots of modern capitalism argues that as capitalism begins to cover the globe, it needs to develop a moral base that would incorporate the interests of corporations, workers, customers, and the environment. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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A Christian businessman offers an inspirational blueprint for happiness--which includes ownership of a small business, unlimited opportunity to accumulate wealth, and development of a ``positive, compassionate'' stance toward one's own and others' ``dreams.'' In bite-sized segments with subtitles like ``Who Was Karl Marx and Why Was He So Angry at Capitalism?'' and ``Winners Heeded! Whiners Ignored!,'' DeVos (founder and president of Amway Corporation, a huge pyramidal network of door-to-door product salespeople) advises underpaid and downtrodden people all over the globe to latch onto independent means of livelihood--though how they might do so remains vague, unless they're one of the book's hundreds of examples of purchasers of Amway distributorships. The attitudinal requirements, however, are clear. In chapters that parallel DeVos's ultimate ``Credo for Compassionate Capitalism'' (available as a poster), ``family men and women'' are urged to dream great dreams and then to evaluate what in their lives needs to change to make those dreams come true, focusing on trading despair for hope, debt for probity, and indifference for renewed devotion to ``God, country, family, and work.'' With lots of anecdotes and quotes from the likes of Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jesus, and with full-length stories of many satisfied Amway owners included, the author exhorts budding entrepreneurs-cum-compassionate-capitalists to find a mentor (i.e., an Amway sponsor), set financial goals (meet sales targets), and someday become a mentor to others (rise in Amway's pyramid of salespeople). He also fervently supports tithing to churches and charities and ``helping to save the planet, our island home.'' An unmemorable but good-hearted addition to the tradition of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Combining history with present-day case studies, DeVos presents a methodology for "compassionate capitalism"--that is, while remaining a capitalist, one can also care about the planet, have a conscience and heart, and reach out to serve others. Each chapter starts out with a credo: for example, "owning our own business is the best way to guarantee our personal freedom and our financial security." DeVos illustrates this credo with the example of Ben and Jerry's ice cream company, which has established a foundation and uses its resources to provide community-oriented activities with loans and grants. DeVos, a founder of the now-worldwide Amway Corporation, recently won the Alexander Hamilton Award for Economic Education from the Freedom Foundation; he maintains that inspiration and motivation are the basis for entrepreneurial success. Recommended for public libraries.
- Joan A. Traugott, Amityville P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Book Description Dutton Books, 1993. Hard cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 352 p. Audience: General/trade. From Publishers Weekly Recently there has been a deluge of books on managerial theory, "how-to" scenarios and inspirational tomes about the "good life, " but rarely can an author combine these genres. DeVos, co-founder and retired president of Amway, does so effectively with this study of how to be entrepreneurial, successful and compassionate. Offering dozens of emotional anecdotes about struggling and then successful people he knew at Amway, DeVos develops an intriguing 16-part "Credo for Compassionate Capitalism" that draws heavily on the Judeo-Christian ethical tradition, then melds its precepts with those of capitalism. His thoughts on helping others, racial and religious toleration and the environment are impressive, as are his positions on credit availability and business behavior. Of obvious interest to Amway's two million distributors, his book should also have strong appeal for general readers. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Combining history with present-day case studies, DeVos presents a methodology for "compassionate capitalism"--that is, while remaining a capitalist, one can also care about the planet, have a conscience and heart, and reach out to serve others. Each chapter starts out with a credo: for example, "owning our own business is the best way to guarantee our personal freedom and our financial security. " DeVos illustrates this credo with the example of Ben and Jerry's ice cream company, which has established a foundation and uses its resources to provide community-oriented activities with loans and grants. DeVos, a founder of the now-worldwide Amway Corporation, recently won the Alexander Hamilton Award for Economic Education from the Freedom Foundation; he maintains that inspiration and motivation are the basis for entrepreneurial success. Recommended for public libraries. -Joan A. Traugott, Amityville P.L., N.Y. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Kirkus Reviews A Christian businessman of. Seller Inventory # 0001596

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