Ray and joan book review

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ray and joan book review

'Ray & Joan' is a biography in three parts: Ray, Joan, and McDonald’s - iatt-ykp.org

November 14, Not a panic attack, not claustrophobia, not an overwhelming affront to your sensibilities — no, just plain asphyxiation. And Ray — in the tradition of the high-octane salesmen of the midth century — would suck all the oxygen out of any room he occupied. This is a playful, even waggish work of biography, carrying its research lightly, yet never missing a beat or frivolous or judgmental. It feels like a careful grave rubbing, catching the nicks, fadings, and fine lines — gold and bronze chalk against a dark background.
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Marrying McDonald's


Thank you! A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Journalist Napoli Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth , intended to write a sole biography of Joan Kroc , but she wisely decided to first document the life of Ray Kroc , who rose to become a billionaire via fast food after decades of marginal success as a traveling salesman hawking various products. Joan Beverly Mansfield Smith was playing piano and singing in a St. Paul, Minnesota, lounge when she caught the attention of her future husband, more than 25 years her senior. The romance was complicated not just by the age difference, but also due to the fact that Ray and Joan were both already married, with children in the mix.

Book Review by Dennis Moore. Napoli, who has lived for the past dozen years in Southern California, where she was inspired to write this book by a public artwork with a mysterious provenance. Her first book , Radio Shangri-La, is about the remote Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule. In the s, salesman Ray Kroc was hired to help brothers Dick and Mac McDonald franchise their own fast-food burger stand. When the unhappily married Ray arrived at a St. Paul dinner club in hoping to license a hamburger franchise, he instead found the love of his life, a blonde beauty named Joan Smith. Little would he know that before they ultimately would marry, Ray would marry and divorce his second wife, buy out brothers McDonald, and see his fledgling business, on the brink of bankruptcy, transformed into the international brand we know today.

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Unlike the troubled character in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman , the hard-charging Kroc knew what he wanted and set out to get it by all the means he could muster. When he died in , he commanded an empire that spanned the world, changed the eating habits probably not for the better of a generation of post-World War II Americans, and made him and many of his associates unbelievably rich — all thanks to a hamburger stand he came upon in Southern California. Golden arches would become this salesman's Midas touch.
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Lisa Napoli on "Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune” at the 2016 Miami Book Fair




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