Railroader

The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison

Howard Green

Globe & Mail National Bestseller

Hunter Harrison, the revolutionary railroader from Memphis, dramatically turned four publicly traded companies into cash machines. Starting as a laborer when he was a wayward teenager, Harrison spent a half century in the rail business and nearly two decades running Illinois Central, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and CSX.

Never accepting the status quo, Harrison not only renovated established railroads, he forced an industry to shape up. As the pre-eminent proponent of Precision Scheduled Railroading, Harrison created approximately $50 billion in shareholder value. Charming, profane, and not afraid to make enemies, the no-bullshit CEO let nothing get in his way. At the same time, he was a talent scout and coach to thousands, and a devoted father and husband for more than fifty years.

Railroader offers insights into running all businesses. Howard Green’s unauthorized, highly personal biography is deeply researched, based on conversations with Harrison over several years. It also includes candid stories from Harrison’s family and colleagues—those who admired him and those who criticized him. Green’s access and decades of experience give him the unparalleled ability to tell the story of this uncompromising leader who both inspired and infuriated.

Reviews

A riveting, up-close profile of one of the most successful and controversial CEOs of the modern era. Railroader is a master class in sharp-elbowed management in a fabled industry. Part hard ass, part mentor, part preacher, Hunter Harrison goes from one railroad to another to another to another, turning them all around and creating conflict everywhere he went. You won’t be able to put this book down.
Ali Velshi, anchor, MSNBC and business correspondent, NBC News

Howard Green was a broadcast journalist for thirty-three years, best known as founding anchor at Canada’s Business News Network where he hosted the flagship interview program, Headline with Howard Green. During his almost fifteen years at BNN, he conducted more than 14,000 interviews, many with leading CEOs and the biggest names in business and politics, including Sir Richard Branson, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Prior to that, Green spent eighteen years as a correspondent, producer and director making programs for a variety of networks including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and PBS. A two-time Emmy Nominee and winner of Canada’s top television prize for his documentary work, his films have been broadcast worldwide. In 2013, Green became a bestselling author with the release of his first book, Banking on America: How TD Bank Rose to the Top and Took on the USA (HarperCollins, 2013). His second book, Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy (HarperCollins, 2016), co-authored with Charles Bronfman, was also an instant Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller and finalist for the National Business Book Award. Howard Green lives in Toronto.

ISBN 978-1-98902-504-8
$27.99 usd · $32.95 cdn
6 x 9 inches · 336 pages
Hardcover