In December 2014, St. Martin’s Press published “Rebuilding Empires: How Best Buy and Other Retailers Are Transforming and Competing in the Age of Digital Retailing.” The book, based on Tom’s award-winning journalism, examine how Best Buy and Target remade themselves to fight online retail giant Amazon. The following year, “Rebuilding Empires” received the Bronze Medal in Business Commentary from the Axiom Business Book Awards, a global competition to honor the best books on business and finance.
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“The book does a superb job of showing that despite the conventional wisdom that big box retailers have gone the way of the suburban mall, they are in fact thriving, innovating, and here for the long haul.”
— Daily Beast
“Rebuilding Empires” reads like an action novel, told in the words of those who shaped it.”
— Gerald Storch, former Target chairman and former CEO of Toys ‘R Us
“Thomas Lee’s new book Rebuilding Empires, is a fascinating look at the early history…of Target and best Buy. The book has some great insight into the the characters who created the companies, some great nuggets of reporting, and argues — contrary to conventional wisdom– that despite their many mistakes, the big-boxers might yet win the war against Amazon.”
— Bethany McClean, co-author of the New York Times best seller The Smartest Guys in the Room