Robert Slater was born in New York City on October 1, 1943, and grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1962 and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, where he majored in political science. He received a Master's of Science degree in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1967. He worked for UPI and Time Magazine for many years, in both the United States and the Middle East.
Slater wrote 17 books about major business personalities before his new book on Martha Stewart:
• The Titans of Takeover (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1987).
• Portraits in Silicon (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1987).
• This ... .Is CBS: A Chronicle of 60 Years (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988).
• The New GE: How Jack Welch Revived an American Institution (Homewood, IL: Business One Irwin, 1993).
• Get Better or Get Beaten! 31 Leadership Secrets from GE's Jack Welch (Burr Ridge, IL: Irwin Professional Publishing, 1994). This book made the business best-seller list in Japan.
• SOROS: The Life, Times, and Trading Secrets of the World's Greatest Investor (Chicago: Irwin Professional Publishing, 1996). This profile of superinvestor George Soros appeared on the Business Week best-seller list.
• Invest First, Investigate Later: And 23 Other Trading Secrets of George Soros, the Legendary Investor (Chicago: Irwin Professional Publishing, 1996).
• John Bogle and the Vanguard Experiment: One Man's Quest to Transform the Mutual Fund Industry (Chicago: Irwin Professional Publishing, 1996). This is a profile of the most important business figure in the mutual fund field.
• Ovitz: The Inside Story of Hollywood's Most Controversial Power Broker (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997). This book made the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times business best-seller lists.
• Jack Welch and the GE Way: Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). This is an updated look at the business secrets of General Electric's chairman and chief executive officer. It made the Business Week and the Wall Street Journal best-seller lists.
• Saving Big Blue: Leadership Lessons & Turnaround Tactics of IBM's Lou Gerstner (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999), and The GE Way Fieldbook: Jack Welch's Battle Plan for Corporate Revolution (New York: McGraw Hill, 1999).
• Eye of the Storm: How John Chambers Steered Cisco Systems Through the Technology Collapse (New York: HarperBusiness, 2003).
• Magic Can...