Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858-1947) was an American born merchant who built Selfridge’s, a London department store, which opened in 1909. Using his 25 years of experience at Chicago’s Marshall Field and Co., Selfridge initiated the use of American innovations and methods of business in his London store. These articles reflect how Selfridge was viewed by the press in the U.S. and London along with how he was seen by his fellow merchants and tradesmen during the years his store was built and thrived. There are also a number of sections in Selfridge’s own words. He loved publicity and was very interested in the ideas of his competitors, employees, and how business was done in other countries. This collection contains articles and excerpts from newspapers, books, magazines, and trade publications published from 1890-1922. Harry Gordon Selfridge and his store were the basis of the PBS Masterpiece Classic series, “Mr. Selfridge".
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This is a wonderful compendium of articles written about Harry Selfridge,a pioneer in the world of Department stores.The articles tell his story thru opinions of the day and the people who wrote them.Narrated by Lee Ann Howlett,the articles come to life as if they were written today.Very interesting!
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A great intro to Selfridge
I can't really compare the print to audio, but it was nice to have the articles read aloud. I think it would have taken me a lot longer to get through the print articles if I were reading them
I really enjoyed hearing about creation of the London store and the lead up to the WWI
My favorite articles were the ones that quoted Selfridge's advice
Yeah I could have listened to it in one shot. I didn't, but I was curious about hearing the full story.
Lee Ann's voice fit the genre & time period very well. At times the sibilance could be distracting, but overall her narration was a contribution to making the articles written in the early 20th centruty come to life.
I've had the Selfridge series from PBS sitting on my DVR forever, but after listening to this book I'm FINALLY going to sit down and watch it.
- Lauren Mccullough