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Author: David Sax Narrator: David Sax Publisher: PublicAffairs Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2020 ISBN: 9781549173813
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An award-winning business writer dismantles the myths of entrepreneurship, replacing them with an essential story about the experience of real business owners in the modern economy

We're often told that we're living amidst a startup boom. Typically, we think of apps built by college kids and funded by venture capital firms, which remake fortunes and economies overnight. But in reality, most new businesses are things like restaurants or hair salons. Entrepreneurs aren't all millennials--more often, it's their parents. And those small companies are the fabric of our economy.


The Soul of an Entrepreneur is a business book of a different kind, exploring our work but also our passions and hopes. David Sax reports on the deeply personal questions of entrepreneurship: why an immigrant family risks everything to build a bakery; how a small farmer fights to manage his debt; and what it feels like to rise and fall with a business you built for yourself.


This book is the real story of entrepreneurship. It confronts both success and failure, and shows how they can change a human life. It captures the inherent freedom that entrepreneurship brings, and why it matters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A necessary corrective to Silicon Valley’s stranglehold on the meaning of entrepreneurship. David Sax’s latest will get you fired up about the many different ways to build a meaningful life by striking out on your own.”

    Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author

  • “You may think business books are not for you—that’s why you need to read this one. David Sax takes us on a tour of real, non-digital businesses—from beauty salons to Syrian bakeries—that is both enlightening and inspiring. If this book doesn’t make you want to start a company, you probably already own one.”

    AJ Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Soul of an Entrepreneur reclaims entrepreneurship for the 99.99% of business people who aren’t at the helm of billion-dollar corporations. David Sax writes poetically (and often humorously) about what makes these everyday entrepreneurs tick, and why tens of millions of us choose entrepreneurship over the corporate rat race.”

    Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

David Sax is a writer and reporter who specializes in business and culture. His work appears regularly in Bloomberg Businessweek, the New Yorker’s Currency blog, and other publications. He is the author of Save the Deli, which won a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, and The Tastemakers. He lives in Toronto.