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Tough Choices: A Memoir

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Carly Fiorina

Narrated By: Carly Fiorina

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2006

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

The New York Times bestseller by the most talked about woman in American business.

For five and a half years, Carly Fiorina led Hewlett-Packard through major internal changes, the worst technology slump in decades, and the most controversial merger in high-tech history. Yet just as things were about to turn around, she was abruptly fired, making front-page news around the world.

Fiorina has been the subject of endless debate and speculation. But she has never spoken publicly about crucial details of her time at HP, about the mysterious circumstances of her firing, or about many other aspects of her landmark career. Until now.

In this extraordinarily candid memoir, she reveals the private person behind the public persona. She shares her triumphs and failures, her deepest fears and most painful confrontations. She shows us what it was like to be an ambitious young woman at stodgy old AT&T and then a fast-track executive during the spin-off of Lucent Technologies. Above all, she describes how she drove the transformation of legendary but deeply troubled HP, in the face of fierce opposition.

One of Fiorina’s big themes is that in the end business isn’t just about numbers; it’s about people. This book goes beyond the caricature of the powerful woman executive to show who she really is and what the rest of us, male or female, in business or not, can learn from the tough choices she made along the way.

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  • Sandy

    I was excited to hear Carly's voice reading the book. I've heard about 15-20 books in the last year and this was one of the best. As she starts off, I thought this might be a book about women and their treatment in the work force but quite the contrary. I was glad to find this book was about a wonderful study of a successful business person and her choices in a very difficult, vicious, backstabbing environment at the top. On the woman thing, I believe she made choices that would have been different than a mans that ultimately lead to her downfall--see if you can find them.

  • Jacquelyn Lowe

    This book was suggested to me that I would enjoy listening to it. The person was right. I would be willing to bet that if it is not already on the reading list, for Business Majors, in college it soon will be. It really helps you appreciate how decisions are made in big business, and the games that people play around those decisions. She also gave a great perspective into her style of management, which is what I believe to be the best style of management - honest and keeping your soul in tact through out it all. Great read.

  • Anonymous

    Very well done. This book filled in the blanks that were left out by the media. It was also interesting to hear how Carly got her start and worked her way up. Also, good to hear about supporting husband. Very well done.