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By Dick Martin

Via sturdy instances and undesirable, few businesses were so prominently and regularly within the public eye as AT&T. Unblinkingly sincere, "Tough Calls" is an insider's firsthand account of the way AT&T attempted to deal with fierce festival, fiscal turmoil, and extreme media scrutiny. this is often the tale of the telephone corporation - and there's not a person who understands the tale like Dick Martin. "Tough Calls" unearths how the suggestions that force significant company judgements are disastrously improper as frequently as they're correct.

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