One of my favorite books that I have read recently is Kochland, which details the life of Charles Koch and the development of his company, Koch Industries. If you look up the list of the world’s richest people, at the top you’ll find familiar names like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, etc; however, at #11, you will see the name Charles Koch. To most people, this name may not sound familiar. However, he has built one of the world’s most successful companies, Koch Industries.
Koch Industries is the largest privately held company in the world. This is a reason that many people do not know about it or recognize Charles Koch’s name. Koch Industries is also relatively obscure because it operates in hidden industries like energy, chemicals, gasoline, etc. However, these industries are among the most important in the world, which gives Charles Koch lots of money and power. In the book, Leonard describes how the company is run, and how it reflects the values and standards of its CEO, Charles Koch. Koch is an interesting and brilliant man, but he also has significant character flaws. These all make for a very controversial leader and person, which you learn about in the book.
The book also further details Charles Koch’s family life, personal and family issues, political leanings, core beliefs, and upbringing. Overall, it makes for a very compelling book, one that teaches you so much about someone people know so little about. Also, in reading this book, you will find out how important money is in helping someone achieve power and prestige. I believe that a lot of people will hate Charles Koch after reading this book, and rightfully so. However, you will understand how business savvy, yet ruthless he is.
I listened to this as an audiobook, so I do not know how difficult to read or how long it is in a normal book form. However, if you can get through it, it is well worth it.
Kochland Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!