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In this expanded edition of his candid memoir, Sam Wyly puts the 2008 economic crisis in historical perspective, offering insights on the causes of the financial crisis and advocating for a green path to recovery. He recounts his experiences establishing and expanding companies on the leading edge of technology, energy, retail, and investment. From the hardships his family faced on their cotton farm during the Depression to the lessons learned on his high school football field, Wyly describes how his character was shaped, making him the spiritual, optimistic and determined man and entrepreneur he is today..

Nothing short of inspiration between two covers, 1,000 Dollars and an Idea places you in a front row seat as Sam Wyly:

  • Wages an anti-monopoly battle against AT&T while building the first telephone company for computers
  • Grows the modest Bonanza Steakhouse chain to 600 restaurants
  • Creates software companies Sterling Software and Sterling Commerce
  • Reinvents a small arts-and-crafts company into more than 900 Michaels stores
  • Establishes Green Mountain Energy, the largest provider of cleaner energy in America today

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“This book is both a how-to guide as well as an inspirational autobiography. It captures the magic of the American dream.…A joy to read.” — Walter Isaacson*, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
“Wyly clearly loves beating the competition and pursuing goals…[he] keeps looking for new forms of success.” The Wall Street Journal
“More than a memoir…Each personal tale, written with humor, candor, and spirituality, has an underlying business or life lesson.” Dallas Morning News

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