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The Ride of a Lifetime

A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of Time's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire... more

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TitleThe Ride of a Lifetime
ReleaseSep 23rd, 2019
PublisherRandom House
GenreBusiness, Biography, Nonfiction, Leadership, Autobiography, Memoir

The Ride of a Lifetime Reviews

  • John Katsanakis
    Sep 28, 2019
    I really enjoyed how candid Iger chose to be here. Not a lot of sugarcoating at all. The narratives of the Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm acquisitions were all fascinating.
  • Avneesh Mehta
    Oct 11, 2019
    Part business lessons, part personal journey, and part the rise of today's dominant entertainment empire, this book is endlessly fascinating and consistently engaging. Chapters such as the acquisition of Pixar are written with the sort of nail-biting edge of your seat intensity that would make thrillers envious. Who knew board room meetings and phone calls could be so exciting? I think Bob Iger struck the perfect balance of personal and professional. A genuinely interesting and surprising Part... more
  • Truman32
    Jan 24, 2020
    As hard to believe as it is, there are many aspects of my life I could probably improve upon. To name just a few: I eat way too many pies. The pies I eat do not contain enough fruits or vegetables. Many folks are shocked at the overabundance of whipped cream topping my pies. And often times I will eat my pie extremely quick (sometimes even without breathing) so I do not have to share pie with my family or close friends. But like most people I see the New Year as a chance to start over and As h... more
  • Vaidotas Juknys
    Nov 2, 2019
    Interesting but somewhat shallow read. This book is an autobiographical victory lap Iger wrote about his career. He frames the book as a set of leadership lessons with the focus of the book being his work at Disney. He has many useful lessons to offer but the most fascinating parts of the book deals with how he managed to secure the big acquisitions made by Disney (Pixar, Marvel, LucasFilm & Fox).However, I found the book be underwhelming on a more personal side. For an autobiography there Int... more
  • Ross Blocher
    Nov 22, 2019
    Bob Iger is the CEO of Disney and the kind of person who shows up on lists like Time's Most Influential and Forbes's Most Powerful People (at #49). He's been at the company for 45 years, CEO since 2005, postponed retirement a couple times, and now commands a $65.7 million salary (he's #9 on that particular list). This is his first, much anticipated book, authored as the more formal "Robert Iger". I was interested in reading it for a number of reasons: I happen to work at Disney, and Iger's Bob... more
  • Kobe Bryant
    Jan 24, 2020
    I’m a huge admirer of Disney as an organization, and it was fascinating to follow Iger’s career there and [learn] how he shaped the company. There are countless lessons in this book, and it’s an excellent resource on leadership and problem-solving.”
  • BookOfCinz
    Nov 21, 2019
    I finished reading Robert Iger’s “Ride of A Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Year as CEO of Walt Disney Company” two days ago and I am still blown away by the insights he shared and how much I have learned. If you are a CEO, Entrepreneur, Manager, in HR, part of a team or looking to learn about how you can advance in your current role, Robert Iger provides a roadmap and lessons that everyone can benefit from. As someone who loves learning about brands and how to tell a great brand story, ... more
  • Noah
    Oct 7, 2019
    I was really hoping for more insights into how Disney was run and his leadership style. Was a light version of both. Some cool stories about buying Pixar but would have preferred way more details.
  • Mario Tomic
    Feb 11, 2020
    This book contains a lot of key lessons for success. The first big lesson that stood out to me was the importance of developing relationships and how Bob Iger, over time, become one of the most respected and trusted CEOs. This was crucial for Disney's success as they were acquiring other companies. It's clear that Bob viewed acquiring companies through the lens of taking care of people that works at that company, respecting their work, and putting them in a position where they can succeed. Thi... more
  • Ursula Johnson
    Sep 29, 2019
    A Positive, Life Affirming, Uplifting ReadThis was a wonderful book about Robert Iger's amazing life, career and positive outlook. With so many CEOs who aren't always good people, good for their business or don't care for their employees, it is a breath of fresh air to hear from someone who is grounded in reality, treats people the way they should be treated, forward thinking and committed to quality and his customers. His insights to years at ABC are fascinating, horrifying, and give an A Pos... more
  • Aaditya
    Nov 15, 2019
    Bob, I hope you read this someday. I love Disney. Many of the films made by Disney have made a deep impact in my life. I decided to read this book because I wanted to know what was happening in the background. Little did I know what ride I was in for. I cannot state all the things that I liked about this book because that will be too long. I just want to tell you that this book has given me a lot of satisfaction of some kind, and much-needed courage to handle difficulties in life. I am really ... more
  • Scott Rhee
    Jan 18, 2020
    While you can’t, rightfully, attribute any company’s success to the work of one person, the right type of person---a leader, versus just a manager or a chief executive---at the head of a company can make a huge difference.The history of the 20th century is the history of business ascendant and the history of powerful businessmen and women: Coco Chanel, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey. These are just a few names at the top of a long list of people who have ma... more
  • John
    Nov 3, 2019
    There are numerous business lessons scattered throughout the book and a nice summary of Iger’s lessons in “lessons to life by” towards the end. Iger’s passion and intensity can be felt throughout the book and this guy is a real go-getter (he gets up at 4:30am each day to workout!). I was also amazed by his high level of empathy as a leader and how he has dealt with numerous difficult situations over the years. This is a good quick read/listen and I enjoyed it - if I were to pick at the b... more
  • Joshua Hunt
    Jan 2, 2020
    Chock full of fascinating stories and details of Robert's career, close relationship with Steve Jobs, experience with Frank Sinatra, Disney's acquisition of of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and 21st Century Fox, among many other things. Peppered throughout with invaluable wisdom for living and working with integrity, patience, and courage.Highly recommend —captivating read! Chock full of fascinating stories and details of Robert's career, close relationship with Steve Jobs, experience with Frank... more
  • Halordain
    Oct 16, 2019
    The leadership components of this life story are enlightening and applicable. But what I picked up this book to learn was in-depth insight into managing the creative process, negotiating difficult personalities, and creating a unique creative culture at Disney and subsumed companies. Although the book told a coherent, clear storyline with interesting vignettes, it ultimately glossed over key moments in the general sense, rather than diving deep and mining their emotions. Some examples:1.) The ... more
  • Dale Duncan
    Oct 28, 2019
    I worked at the same company as the author, Capital Cities/ABC. He was a star then, in sports working for Roone Arledge, and quickly rose through the ranks under Chairman Tom Murphy and President Dan Burke. He not only survived our acquisition by Disney (I did not), but emerged to eventually succeed Michael Eisner, as Head Mouse. This book about his experience and thoughts on leadership can serve as valuable guidance to anyone seeking a career in corporate America. His focus on self-awareness, ... more
  • Joy
    Dec 4, 2019
    My dad forced me to read this.
  • Nacho Santos
    Oct 28, 2019
    Ride of a lifetime by Robert Iger This is a different kind of review, since its more of a lesson oriented book I'll share with you what stood out to me from the book. (Consists of mostly direct quotes)Cherish waking up early. It is time for yourself before the rest of the world wakes up.(Learned from Roone) Do what you need to do to make it better. The relentless pursuit of perfection. It's a mindset more than a specific set of rules.It about creating an environment in which you refuse to accept... more
  • Nakul
    Feb 8, 2020
    A great start for reading this year. Mr. Iger's autobiography is warm, welcoming and candid. With the exception of Shoe Dog, I'm yet to see an autobiography that's so frank and personal. Mr. Iger discusses his shortcomings, his failures, and what went wrong in great detail. The book gets that right, but what's better is a peek into the life of one of the best media and entertainment executives of this generation. Bob Iger's taken Disney into the stratosphere with his aggressive acquisitions and ... more
  • Gunjan Srivastava
    Jan 5, 2020
    Really like how candid Bob is in this book. It’s fast paced and is full of interesting anecdotes and incidents. It has very good management lessons, explained through experiences. The ups and downs of Bob’s career is a great learning lesson for anyone at any stage of their professional careers!
  • Mark
    Jan 28, 2020
    Short and succinct, the appendix at the end is perfect re-read material for leaders very regularly. Insightful too for Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar geeks like me.
  • Jarrod
    Oct 25, 2019
    I didn’t know who Bob Iger was until I heard an interview with Oprah recently. He came across as an authentic and genuine man with integrity. I loved his mild and calm demeanor and decided to buy the book.I thoroughly enjoyed it. He spends little time on his own life and rather focuses on his time at ABC and Disney. Whilst giving credit to many of his colleagues, the book shows that he is a man of integrity and is very well respected by his colleagues. I loved the summary of his wisdom at the ... more
  • Gareth Otton
    Nov 3, 2019
    This was a fascinating read and I really enjoyed it, but there's a huge caveat to that... I'm not sure how much I trust it.This books gives an inside Disney view to a lot of situations I have read/heard about from the other side before. Having read Steve Jobs biography, read multiple books on Pixar, been a fan of the MCU both on and off screen, and just generally been interested in news relating to this man in the past, I have heard a lot of alternate view points on some of the events in this ... more
  • Dale Wyant
    Sep 30, 2019
    Iger is blatantly honest and sincere in this memoir. I read "Disney Wars," by James Stewart and was happy to get the next phase of the Disney story. Iger's list of how to succeed as a leader is a must read for any and all heads of companies or organizations.
  • Lisa
    Nov 13, 2019
    I liked some of it but at times it felt preachy and some of the things/people he writes about I felt were too personal to share in a public forum.
  • Ethan
    Oct 28, 2019
    "True authority and true leadership come from knowing who you are and not pretending to be anything else. Robert Iger, Bob as everyone calls him, is the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world. As the head of the Walt Disney Company, he has the unenviable task of honoring the legacy of the famed company's founder while keeping it relevant and profitable in modern times. The way in which entertainment is created and consumed is drastically different from dear old Walt's days. In his ... more
  • Ganesh Muthupalani
    Dec 21, 2019
    We were at Kinokuniya. Yu Hao put this book in my hands and said "Read the first chapter... And you would want to finish the book". I read the first chapter and I did finish the book as he said. I was really impressed when I found out that Hotstar, the largest streaming platform in India, was owned by Disney. A company known for its animated cartoon classics like Mickey Mouse & Lion King surprisingly managed to remain undisrupted in today's world. Disney's survival strategy was simply We were ... more
  • CV Whitfield
    Nov 29, 2019
    Although Bob Iger walks you through his career in this book, it’s definitely not a true autobiography. He only briefly mentions his childhood. The book mainly starts with his first job back in the 1970s at ABC. Continues with how he climbed the ladder and found success at ABC Sports and later ABC Entertainment. And as you’d expect, the book ends with the events of 2019 — the original year of his retirement from Disney. If history had happened differently, and Disney had not acquired Capita... more
  • Karthick
    Jan 8, 2020
    I think this is the first book that made me want to leave a review. I normally don't read management books. But for some reason, I've always been fascinated with the way Disney steam rolled and bought over several major IPs this past decade or so and was curious to hear the story from the CEO of Disney.Apart from the fact that this provides what could be a behind the scenes [Pretty one-sided] view of what went during these acquisitions, the early years in corporate life for Bob Iger and his I ... more
  • Charlie Ravioli
    Jan 26, 2020
    This is part Leadership book, part memoir of Bob Iger's career that focuses mostly on his time as CEO of Disney. Similar to the leadership book I recently read by James Mattis, this book starts strong on Leadership and then kind of trails off into career story telling. I worked at Disney and enjoyed some of the stories but I'm not sure others will find them that interesting. I did enjoy the keys Iger laid out early on Leadership (even though he doesn't expand on them all in detail beyond the T... more