Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her
The tragic and redeeming story of how one visionary woman built the biggest toy company in the world and created a global icon.
Barbie and Ruth is the entwined story of two exceptional women. There's Barbie: the diminutive yet arrestingly voluptuous doll unveiled at the 1959 Toy Fair who became the treasure of 90 percent of American girls and their counterparts in 150 countries. She went on to compete as an Olympic athlete, serve as an air force pilot, work as a boutique owner, run as a presidential candidate, and ignite a cultural firestorm.
And then there's Ruth Handler, Barbie's creator: the tenth child of Polish Jewish immigrants, a passionately competitive and creative business pioneer, and a mother and wife who wanted it all. After a business scandal that forced Ruth out of Mattel, the company she founded, she drew on her experience as a breast cancer survivor to start a business that changed women's lives. She was ultimately honored as a pioneer, humanitarian, and masterful entrepreneur.
Based on original research, extensive interviews, and previously unavailable material, Barbie and Ruth tells the fascinating story of how two women forever changed American business and culture.
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Review: Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created HerUser Review - Kelsey Christensen - Goodreads
There were some interesting things in this book, but a whole bunch of business jargon I didn't understand made it hard to get through. Read full review
Review: Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created HerUser Review - Christine Dooley-sheehan - Goodreads
Interesting read about a trail blazing business woman in a time when that was an unknown thing. Controversial but had no idea about her life, pre or post Barbie. Read full review
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