Odyssey of Gold
Aaron A. Gold once described his Oxford First Corporation as a company "started by nobody, with nothing."
Yet from this unpromising beginning, he built a small-loan business in North Philadelphia into a $100 million company and gained a national reputation for sagacity in consumer finance.
In Odyssey of Gold, completed shortly before his death in 1993, Gold explains how he did it. His story makes wonderful reading both as a how-to-succeed business book and as one man's often hilarious encounters with the good, the bad, and the weird in modern life.
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Oxfords Disastrous Plunge into Real Estate
Back to Work at Oxford
My Foes and My Friends
Hard Work Takes Its Toll
Fun and Games in Florida
Financing Coal Sales Weight Salons and a Glass Boat
The Man in the Gray Homburg
Times When I Wasnt So Smart
The Perils of Lending to Poor People
Hail to My Professor
The Story Behind the Story of a Merger
Oxford Goes Public and I Get Rich
Thank God for the ParachuteRiggers Knot
Henry Morgan My Wise Counselor
Jack Plover Teaches Me a Lesson
My Junior Wolf Approach in Hawaii
A Southern Gentleman Wins a Duel of Wordsand Oxford Wins a Sale
I Send Out for Champagne and Get Gloriously Plastered
Lady Bankers and a Lady Bartender
The Rise and Fall of Bubba
A Deal with Banc One Falls Through
Oxford is Acquired by Cawsl Corporation
I Do Not Live by Bread Alone
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