One of my favourite books in my 20s was Lee Iacocca’s 1984 autobiography. It was before I had much experience of business journalism and I was fascinated by his story of the Chrysler turnaround.

I was much more prepared than I would be today to tolerate his runaway ego, and I’d argue now that Iacocca did a disservice to literature by giving birth to the CEO autobiography — to date I have yet to come across a more enjoyable example of the genre. Most if its imitators are mediocre at best...

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