Threshold Resistance: The Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer

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9780061235382: Threshold Resistance: The Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer

This is the story of America's most innovative developer and luxury retailing pioneer Al Taubman from the start of his career as a store designer, mall developer and, eventually, owner of one of the world's leading auction houses Sotherby's. He is one of the unrecognized giants of modern retailing, but he is more widely known as the billionaire who went to jail for his role in a price fixing scandal. Clearly Al Taubman has had an extraordinary life. A dyslexic Jewish kid who grew up in Depression-era Detroit, Taubman made several fortunes in businesses as varied as architecture, land speculation, mall development, luxury housing, chain restaurants, and, of course, the fine art auction business. "Threshold Resistance" reveals the theme that has run through each of these endeavors. In this memoir, Taubman explains his distinctive point of view about what makes shoppers buy and how the needs and habits of individuals shape the retail environment.

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"very readable autobiography" --Rosie Millard, The Sunday Times, 24th June 2007

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