How Sam Walton Built The Greatest Retail Empire Of The 20th Century

Updated: Jan 27, 2018


Sam Walton wrote his autobiography, Made in America, after he got sick and was hospitalized. It’s a top recommended book by Warren Buffett and a great read for anyone interested in starting a business. Sam wanted to clear up a lot of what has been written about him in his personal life, his wealth, his family, how and why he started Wal-Mart, what his principles were (business and personal) and many other interesting aspects of his life so he wrote this book.

I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to start a business whether that business is a retailer, a restaurant, an amusement park, e-commerce, or any other business I’m not thinking of here. The reason is because this book really delves into the mind of one of the most successful business men of all time and there are certain business principles that the reader can better understand how to put into practice.

One of the most thoughtful insights Sam had was that he always thought about the customer. He mentions in his book that the customer is his boss.