From Library Journal
Casey is a former CEO of Times Mirror, American Airlines, and the Resolution Trust Corporation who currently teaches at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Here he recounts his life as it has affected his widely diverse business career while offering advice for business leaders and managers. The major piece of advice is Casey's Law (as opposed to Murphy's Law): "If something can go right, it should." He also espouses a strong sense of personal and business ethics for anyone in the work force. Several biographies by business executives have appeared recently (e.g., James A. Autry's Confessions of an Accidental Businessman, LJ 10/1/96), and though Casey's work is not as revelatory as some, it is entertaining and should be included in most business collections.?Kathy Shimpock-Vieweg, Muchmore & Wallwork Lib., Phoenix
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
It is refreshing, in days of pessimistic forecasts, to find a former CEO as positive and optimistic as Casey. He proffers common-sense observations about the pursuit of business as well as a great story-telling aptitude. Who could forget, for instance, how he made good on his promise to the Lew Wassermans to turn off a Helmsley hotel's lights at 11 p.m.? Or when he was forced to make small talk with President Nixon and Reverend Billy Graham? Underneath the spinning of tales and celebrities, though, lies an astute head for business; good lessons can emanate from the turnarounds he effected at American Airlines, the U.S. Postal Service, and Resolution Trust Corporation. Perhaps his last chapter is the best exemplar of Casey's wisdom--here are 50 corollaries to last through any environment, any situation. Barbara Jacobs