Mr. Sam

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Mr. Sam

How Sam Walton Built Walmart and Became America's Richest Man

By Karen Blumenthal

Viking Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780670011773, 186pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2011


Sam Walton grew up to become the founder of Wal-Mart, but he was born with practically nothing except a compulsive drive to win - at football, at becoming class president, at beating everyone no matter what the game. His eventual empire started as nothing more than a dingy one-room general store. He created Wal-Mart - and his massive wealth - one building at a time, one town at a time. This is not a history of his company, but the biography of an uncomplicated man who just wanted to beat the guy down the street. More than forty black-and-white photos illustrate the text.

About the Author
Karen Blumenthal is an award-winning children's non-fiction writer and a long-time journalist. Her book "Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition" received four starred reviews and was a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Later, "Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, " was named a Sibert Honor Book, and "Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX", won a Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Karen's recent book, "Tommy: The Gun That Changed America", explores the history and controversy of the famous and deadly Tommy gun. She lives in Dallas, Texas.