Houston Legends: History and Heritage of Dynamic Global Capitol

Morgan James Publishing
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Two hundred years of Houston history through the prism of business, entrepreneurship, and innovation in this essential and epic overview.
 
The first Houston history book to be written from a business perspective, where the stories behind the city’s many legendary successes are told. Moore presents historical perspectives in several key industries—from real estate to banking to music and sports—in the Bayou City’s dynamic growth. Each topic offers chronicles the economic impact, the business contributions, and the people who have made a mark in the nation’s fourth largest city.
 
Recurring themes include entrepreneurial spirit, business survival, strategies, growth and vision. The names, dates, and events are intertwined with memorable anecdotes applicable to modern business practices. Common themes include giving back generously to the community, stages in the evolution of a business, creativity, and mentoring the next generation of leaders. A unique, informative, and instructive approach to corralling the breadth and scope of Houston’s outstanding history and the people who led the way, Houston Legends is an indispensable entry into one of the modern world’s great cities.
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About the author

Hank Moore is a Futurist and Corporate Strategist, with his trademarked concept, The Business Tree. He has advised 5,000 clients on strategy and speaks internationally. He has published other books: "The Business Tree," "The High Cost of Doing Nothing," "The Classic Television Reference," "Power Stars to Light the Flame" and "The $50,000 Business Makeover." He has presented Think Tanks for five U.S. Presidents and has spoken at six Economic Summits.

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Morgan James Publishing
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Published on
Jan 1, 2015
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Pages
270
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ISBN
9781630474690
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Language
English
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Genres
History / General
History / United States / State & Local / General
History / United States / State & Local / Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
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