The Rise and Fall of H&H Bagels

  • by Marc Zirogiannis
  • Narrated by Dennis St. John
  • 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In September of 2015, President Barack Obama informed The Forward, in a historic interview, of his shock at learning of the closing of his favorite NYC bagel eatery, H&H Bagels, in January of 2012. While the president was shocked by the closing of the world's most famous and recognizable bagel brand, what was truly shocking were the underlying facts and circumstances surrounding the closing. While most people knew H&H as the iconic, Upper West Side bagel shop where the lines rounded the block, where celebrities loved to frequent, and where one of the most popular Seinfeld television episodes was created, few people knew about the drama and decadence that existed behind the scenes of this NYC landmark.
The Rise and Fall of H&H Bagels takes you on a journey that starts with the fulfillment of the American Dream and ends in a contested, five-year bankruptcy. This is the outrageous, true story of a man who defied the odds and became an American legend, and then defied logic and the law by dismantling his beloved empire.
The story of H&H Bagels is not only the story of the rise and fall of a thriving American business; it is a story of intrigue, economics, corruption, and resiliency, told with humor from the perspective of the one man who lived through it all - its national business manager and right hand to the man at the top of the H&H empire, Helmer Toro.


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This was a fascinating look into what one man can do to overtake, build up and destroy a business.

A very interesting listen. Quick and entertaining.

It's hard to believe that people can get away with this kind of unethical behavior, but we see time and time again that is the case.

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- Lauren Mccullough

Sad Story of Corruption

This is a sad story. Helmer Toro is despicable if this story is accurate. All of the people that believed in him that were let down should come forward to corroborate this book. It is not the company or the delicious bagels that were upsetting. It was the man who had his insurance taken from him with no warning so he couldn't receive his cancer treatment. It was all the paycheck to paycheck workers that stayed until the end thinking that Helmer was working to save them. If this account is factual, Helmer Toro should be a full time inmate at Ryker Island and not just a 'weekend warrior'.

Dennis St. John did a good job narrating this material.

I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
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- Reg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2015
  • Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing