Read Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away Online Free - The dramatic relationship between Ray Kroc, the man who amassed a fortune as chairman of one of America’s most controversial and iconic companies—McDonald’s—and the passionate woman, his wife, Joan, who then gave that fortune away.
Ray & Joan is a quintessentially American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion: a struggling Mad Men–era salesman with a vision for a fast-food franchise that would become one of the world’s most enduring brands, and a beautiful woman willing to risk her marriage and her reputation to promote controversial causes that touched her deeply.
Ray Kroc was peddling franchises around the country for a fledgling hamburger stand in the 1950s—McDonald’s, it was called—when he entered a St. Paul supper club and encountered a beautiful young piano player who would change his life forever. The attraction between Ray and Joan was instantaneous and instantly problematic. Yet even the fact that both were married to other people couldn’t derail their roller coaster of a romance.
To the outside world, Ray and Joan were happy, enormously rich, and giving. But privately, Joan was growing troubled over Ray’s temper and dark secret, something she was reluctant to publicly reveal. Those close to them compared their relationship to that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. And yet, this volatility paved the way for Joan’s transformation into one of the greatest philanthropists of our time. A force in the peace movement, she produced activist films, books, and music and ultimately gave away billions of dollars, including landmark gifts to the Salvation Army and NPR.
Together, the two stories form a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: a story of big business, big love, and big giving.
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December 26, 2016
Lisa Napoli’s dual biography of Ray and Joan Kroc is a detailed account of the lives of two people who turned out to be a whole lot more fascinating than I expected they would be. Admittedly, Ray and Joan were not always fascinating for the right reasons, but no one could ever call Ray Kroc borin...
February 20, 2017
RAY & JOAN. (2016). Lisa Napoli. ***1/2.
It is interesting to note that the first thing I did when I got this book from the library was to riffle through the pages looking for photographs. Aside from a photo opposite the title page of this famous couple, there weren’t any. When my wife picked...
March 13, 2017
Ray & Joan is an excellent biographer of Ray Kroc, the man who built McDonald's, and his second wife who gave away his fortune. It is the kind of biography that makes clear that biographies (and books in general) are not great because of the topic, but because of what the author does with it....
May 23, 2017
Five stars for five reasons. 1) Research on people who are wealthy is very difficult, especially if they wish to be anonymous. This book's research was impressive. 2) The audio book was excellent, read by the author. 3) McDonalds personified the golden years of capitalism after WWII when corporat...
November 16, 2016
Ray Kroc, the founder of the world-wide famous McDonald stores, began with little money but a large imagination. Lisa Napoli has given the reader a fascinating look at how this mega-business began. Not only were the ideas waiting to be born by Ray and other entrepreneurs but also the machines tha...
November 08, 2016
This was quite an interesting book. I learned a lot that I did not know. I knew that Ray Kroc had bought out the brothers and started McDonald's, but I didn't know exactly how it happened. I'm still not sure why the brothers were so mad at Ray. I don't think McDonald's would be the company it is...
February 08, 2017
Learn the Fascinating Background of an Iconic American Brand: McDonald’s
I loved hearing the detailed story of Ray Kroc, the man behind the creation of McDonald’s and his third wife, Joan Kroc. Their humble beginnings and how they each had a huge impact on the American culture was fascinating. Lis...
February 06, 2017
What a fascinating story! The title tells it all, but the book is so beautifully written. Napoli writes vividly of the bulldog that was Ray Croc and of the "blond beauty" who captivated his heart long before he was rich and famous, when he was still struggling nonstop to make his dream a reality....
November 04, 2016
For those that don't know Ray and Joan Kroc, they were considered the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of the business world. Ray, a multi-billionaire from his ownership of the McDonald's chain and his philanthropic wife Joan were eccentric, fascinating and nuts. Author Lisa Napoli paints an i...
December 12, 2016
It was fun to read this book because it was totally out of my usual sphere of reading choices. It was fascinating to read about how Ray Kroc made the McDonald's franchises operate so smoothly. It was even more interesting to read about how Joan Kroc dealt with his alcoholism while he was alive an...