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The Bill Cook Story

Ready, Fire, Aim!

by Bob Hammel

Published by: Indiana University Press

432 Pages, 6.06 x 9.06 x 0.00 in, 75 b&w photos, 25 color photos

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253352545
  • Published: September 2008


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  • eBook
  • 9780253018533
  • Published: September 2008


Bill Cook epitomizes the American success story. His business ventures in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, genetics, real estate, retail management, and travel services have made him a billionaire. Yet, Cook continues to lead a modest life, involving himself in a variety of philanthropic activities that have included historic preservation and even a marching band. This riveting story is the first-ever biography of the entrepreneur who, working from the spare bedroom of his Bloomington, Indiana, apartment in 1963 with a $1,500 investment, began to construct the wire guides, needles, and catheters that would become the foundation of the global multi-billion-dollar Cook Group. Biographer Bob Hammel, with extraordinary access to Cook, his files, and his associates, has created a vivid portrait of this modern, multidimensional Horatio Alger—quirky humor, widely varied interests, and all. Informative and inspiring, this book celebrates an exceptional self-made individual.