L.L.Bean: The Making of an American Icon is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An American Icon After reading Leon Gorman's story it's clear to see why LLBean is the success it is. It's a company built on the morals of integrity being ever-respectful to it's customer's needs. I love that about this company and it was so interesting to read that those core values haven't wavered over the years. This book follows a vivid time-line which gives the reader an inside view of the integral goings-on of the company from it's concept. I found it quite incredible that a company of this magnitude continues today with basically the same values Leon L. Bean incorporated so many years ago. As a small business owner I learned invaluable lessons for success from reading this book. Even if you don't have a mind for business, it's a really interesting story of how LLBean has evolved and continues over time.
Date published: 2008-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good history of LL Bean I really enjoyed this book as a history of LL Bean and some of the successes and struggles required to maintain the company. I think it does have some good high level information on business management althought I did find parts to be a bit bland. Some of the info regarding the improvement of financial planning within the company and overall accounting were a little boring for those like me who were interested in understanding the company rather than the business. Overall, I would recommend the book for somebody that is interested in LL Bean history and understanding the transformation of retail sales and changes to the industry over the last 70 or so years.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LLBean Business Model for Success I have been a long time LLBean customer and have been fascinated with the absolutely charming and warm, helpful customer service staff. I have talked to several customer service reps, only to be told that,"Yep, we are a happy lot!". This book is a wonderful read and a great look at the history of a successful business model built on an honest and strong set of values. After I read this book I gave it to my college-age son, who is looking to start his own business, and who gleaned many business tips from this book. Great reading for all who want to know what makes a business last and keep customers happy for 100 years. Congratulations LLBean on 100 years of smiling customers!!
Date published: 2012-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light bedside reading I have read this book twice. It's an easy and enjoyable read. Love the photos on the insert, which bring the book characters to life, as well as the thumbnails of LLB catalog covers throughout the company history. It's a very special book, a must have and a must read.
Date published: 2011-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting history and business I received this book as a gift a year or so ago and soon had it read. This book gives a good history of the company and its business practices. Great for anyone interested in the LLB Company and/or business practices/ management. Mr. Bean was a fascinating entrepreneur, as is Mr. Gorman. The book would make a great gift for a business major. This was a nice surprise--thanks!
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book, Great Products Having always been greatly pleased with Bean products I started this book expecting a lot from it. I was not disappointed. It is well written with many interesting background stories and all the qulities I expect from a product. This book makes me even prouder of the llbean items I already own.
Date published: 2010-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting book I got this book for my husband as a Christmas gift. I ended up reading the book before he did. It is the most interesting book of how a company with values, integrity and purpose is built throughout its many years. The insight into the choices that the President of LL Bean made with its employees has emerged LL Bean to be a company leader. A must read for anyone who is interested in how to grow a sustaining company that is lead by its values and doing what it right.
Date published: 2021-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super quick delivery As a high school librarian, I am asked to find the history of business leaders, and this one is a true story of American entrepreneur!
Date published: 2014-01-01