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04-20-2011, 02:15 PM
Has anyone read the following books?
Cutting Edge: Gillettes Journey to Global Leadership
By Gordon Mckribban
Inventor of the Disposable Culture. King Camp Gillette
By Tim Cowling
I haven't read either of these books, so Iam not endorsing either. I was wondering if anyone has read them. They both deal with the history of Gillette and the business models the company employed. They look like very interesting books.
Any comments would be appreciated.
04-20-2011, 02:59 PM
I received the Gordon McKibben book earlier this week. Haven't gotten into it as yet.
Last summer I read Tim Dowling's little history of Gillette (it's under 100 pages). It is perhaps the best brief snapshot of Gillette you will find. Dowling's emphasis is more biographical than technical. Knowing Gillette the man is quite useful to understanding the history of the organization over the past hundred years. I really liked this book.
Russell Adam's book is his 1978 effort to understand how the corporation evolved. I found his treatment of more recent events (post WWII) to be a bit fawning. He is far less critical of that era than I think the history warrants.
I got these to research the technology, particularly with reference to technology evolution from the 1920s through the 1960s.
I also have two of Philip Krumholz's books, one on the history of razors and the other on the history of DE blades. In his green book his history references are often back to Adam's book. His work is very comprehensive. In some areas I now have more questions than I had before.
Okay, I'm a book guy. I've been this way all my life. When I want to learn about something, I tend to dig a bit deeper than some.
04-20-2011, 03:14 PM
Another book to consider is
Adams, Russell B., Jr., King C. Gillette, The Man and his Wonderful Shaving Device. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1978.
I wrote up a review in the thread Book review: "King C. Gillette" (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=177871).
04-20-2011, 03:59 PM
Thanks for posting that book. It looks good. I didn't know Gillette as so much literature devoted to him.
Can anyone recommend some more? Maybe we need a Gillette book sticky.
04-20-2011, 04:03 PM
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