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Many Happy Returns : The Story of Henry Bloch, America's Tax Man

Bloch, Thomas M.

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ISBN 10: 0470767774 / ISBN 13: 9780470767771
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2010
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Title: Many Happy Returns : The Story of Henry ...

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by the Author

Edition: First Printing.

Book Type: Book

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The inside story of H&R Block's entrepreneurial founder Henry Bloch

In 1955 Henry Bloch and his brother Dick founded H&R Block. Through a mixture of hard work and luck, they transitioned this Kansas City based bookkeeping business into a tax preparation firm just as the IRS stopped preparing tax returns for people. Over the course of more than fifty years, the company grew to become the largest tax preparation firm in the world, serving more than twenty million clients a year.

Many Happy Returns tells the compelling story of this company and its founder through Thomas Bloch, Henry's son, who worked along side his father for nearly twenty years. Page by page, you'll discover the rich history of this successful organization, and how Henry Bloch's relentless focus on providing consistent quality at the lowest cost helped the company expand into the worldwide industry leader it is today.

  • Explores the professional and personal life of one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States
  • Written by one of the closest people to Henry Bloch, his son, Thomas
  • Details fifty years of H&R Block's rich history, from its humble beginnings to the present day
  • Reveals the hard-won and fresh insights straight from one of the most uncommon business leaders of a generation

Inspiring and informative, Many Happy Returns is the true story of a man who achieved the American Dream.

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Henry Bloch is America's tax man. He and his brother Richard pioneered the commercial tax preparation industry, and the two tycoons built the world-leading firm that has prepared over 500 million returns, H&R Block. But Henry's life deserves to be studied for another reason: His remarkable entrepreneurial philosophy and extraordinary humanitarianism will have a lasting impact on generations.

Many Happy Returns tells the compelling story of this unlikely American hero through Henry's son Tom, who worked alongside his father for nearly twenty years and interviewed him extensively for this book. Here, for the first time, you'll gain illuminating insights into a man whose selfless and unassuming nature made him an uncommon corporate icon. As Time once wrote, "He is a direct, plain-spoken Midwesterner in a brown suit and brown shoes, the type of fellow for whom the word unpretentious was invented."

As a budding entrepreneur, Bloch could barely eke out a living. Discover how he started his company from the bottom up, and get a rare look at the inner dynamics of one of the most well-known brands in America. Along the way, you'll also meet some of the people who shaped his philosophy on business and life, and receive invaluable tips on entrepreneurship from the man whose hard work, vision, and pioneering spirit set the standard for those seeking true success.

As much a personal story as a business story, Many Happy Returns offers intimate details about Henry Bloch's belief in the importance of mentoring and giving back. Woven within this rich history of H&R Block are examples of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship—including the Bloch Scholars, the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration to name a few—which have enriched the lives of many and transformed communities.

In a time filled with greed and corruption, Henry Bloch inspires us to work hard, be honest, and follow our dreams. His ingenuity, determination, and core values propelled him to the pinnacle of business success and have allowed him to help others through countless charitable efforts. Many Happy Returns is a fascinating portrait of one of America's greatest entrepreneurs, and it shows you what it really takes to succeed—in both your professional and personal life.

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