Read it first for the rollicking ride.
Read it again for the wisdom.
You've never met anyone like Tom Dittmer.
This book is big and brave and authentic—the rarest qualities in the world today.
Charlotte Beers Former CEO, Ogilvy Worldwide Advertising
Former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Tom Dittmer's Talkin' Big is a great story and told exceptionally well.
It is a fun read about someone I knew so well and yet, it turns out, so little.
I highly recommend it.
Leo Melamed Chairman Emeritus, CME Group
A very personal journey into a great man's family and life, and a fascinating ride from the corn fields of Iowa to the boardrooms of business.
It's all about dedication and love.
Rick Kaplan President, Kaplan Media Partners
Former President of CNN and of MSNBC
Former Executive Producer CBS News
Winner of 47 Emmy Awards
Tom is known not only for Talkin' Big, but for living big—with a mighty laugh, a gargantuan tolerance for risk, a massive smile, a huge frame and an immense heart.
He would use the moniker "Big Dog" for a chosen few of his friends, most of whom are in this book;
but he is the Biggest Dog of all.
Louis Bacon Moore Capital Management
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and everyone who knows Tom left his company trying to emulate some part of him.
He is larger than life, fiercely loyal to friends, and has a heart of gold.
Inspiring, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, Talkin' Big is a quintessential American success story.
Chris Sugrue Chairman of The Crowd
What a fabulous read—fun, naughty, fascinating, authentic, and utterly compelling.
Dittmer's voice is like no other.
I loved it!
TALKIN' BIG is the inspiring and often hilarious story of larger-than-life American entrepreneur Tom Dittmer, Iowa farm boy turned commodities tycoon who co-founded the REFCO group. The futures business in 1970s Chicago was the Wild West, and Dittmer was a maverick and gunslinger with the best (and worst) of them. In a time like no other in business history, Dittmer was smack in the middle, pushing, shoving, and above all persevering... Read More
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