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Read This: Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon

Master of the Game is a novel by Sidney Sheldon, first published in hardback format in 1982.  The book spans four generations in the lives of the fictional McGregor/Blackwell family. It is about the dream of a man, the rise of an empire, and the dedication of a descendant (Kate Blackwell) to the conglomerate.

It begins with Kate, the matriarch of the Blackwell family and head of multinational business empire Kruger-Brent Int., on her 90th birthday celebration refusing to give up the ghost until a member of the family is ready to take over.    The only problem with this book is that it will interrupt your life because you will not want to put it down to do any other thing until you are done with it. It has 496  pages. Below are 7 quotes from the book.

1. “If. A two-letter word for futility.”

2. “The Future was clay, to be moulded day by day, but the past was bedrock, immutable.”

3. “Money was to make your life easy when you were well, and to take care of your needs when you were ailing.”

4. “Old money’s motto was, if you have it, hide it. New money’s motto was, if you have it, flaunt it.”

5. “Power. If you had power, you had food. You had medicine. You had freedom. She saw those around her fall ill and die, and she equated power with life. One day, Kate thought, I’ll have power. No one will be able to do this to me again.”

6. “Men all have the devil in them”

7. “Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you’re in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.”

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