George Gramlich is the editor of The Sangre De Cristo Sentinel, a newspaper in Westcliffe, Colorado. He recently reviewed Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Godfather.
The Godfather, Business
and Manhood: Every American Male
Should Read This Book
October 24, 2019
by George Gramlich,
A Book Review
Robert Gore, ex-Los Angeles bond trader, blogger (straightlinelogic.com), author “The Golden Pinnacle”, and an avid Sentinel reader, recently sent us his latest book, “Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Godfather”. It is outstanding.
Robert is a huge fan of Mario Puzo’s “Godfather” novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” movies. He’s a pretty bright guy, with an MBA (a degree he calls “useless”) and a law degree. He survived a career in the rough-and-tumble world of big-time trading in stocks, bonds, commodities, and credit default swaps for two firms in Los Angeles. After decades in the financial swamp, he quit to write full-time. He’s now also an investor and executive in a technology startup.
In his latest work, Robert takes the Mafia/Corleone family/Godfather Don Vito Corleone’s idealized value/honor system and uses it to analyze his own career. But more importantly, he shows what an honorable, honest man does in business, family, friendship, and other life situations. It is a primer on how to be a man in today’s society.
Using dozens of quotes from the book and scenes from the movies, the author writes about instances in his career (and life) where the value system used by Don Corleone to build his criminal empire is morally appropriate to ordinary, daily, business and personal decisions and actions. Robert does this is in a very engaging, often quite humorous way, which you don’t often see in writings on ethics and morality.