How I Learned to Sell and Make Deals, 1950-1958

Memoir of a Merchant Man
by William L. McGee with Sandra V. McGee
BMC Publications, 2019
102 pp, 26 b/w photographs & illustrations
Paperback 6″ x 9″, $19.95; Kindle eBook $5.95
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“Bill, how would you like to make more money in a month selling Willys Jeeps than I bet you make in a year of cowboying?”

In his fifth memoir, award-winning author William L. McGee shares the story behind his transition from Levis and boots to Brooks Brothers suits. 

As the saying goes, life happens when you’re making other plans.

Written in his signature spare and straightforward style, McGee shares the discovery of his talent for sales and deal-making, and the early lessons he learned to be a success in sales in the business world.

How I Learned to Sell and Make Deals focuses on the author’s eight-year career as an importer of wire and steel products in the world trade business.

William L. McGee’s writing career spans more than six decades. He has written 22 nonfiction books, 9 with his co-author/wife Sandra V. McGee. In addition to a series of memoirs, McGee has written 5 World War II military histories. In 2018, “THE SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS, 1942-1943” won the Military Writers Society of America Silver Medal Award for History.

Memoirs by William L. McGee:
MONTANA MEMOIR: 1925–1942: The Hardscrabble Years
BLUEJACKET ODYSSEY, 1942-1946: Guadalcanal to Bikini
THE DIVORCE SEEKERS: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, 1947-1949
HOW I LEARNED TO SELL AND MAKE DEALS, 1950-1958: Memoir of a Merchant Man
THE BROADCASTING YEARS, 1958-1989: Memoir of a Television Pioneer
AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, MARKETING MAN, 1990-2015 (In the chute for 2020)


“Bill McGee is no armchair historian. He’s lived what he writes about whether it’s joining the Navy in ’42 at age seventeen simply to get into the fight, or cowboying in the West in the postwar ’40s, or working in broadcasting in the early days of 1950s and ’60s television.”
Barnaby Conrad, founder of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference

“Though too young to have experienced an era firsthand, Sandra McGee immerses herself in the subject and captures in her writing the essence of the time.”
Charles Champlin, former film critic and arts editor of The Los Angeles Times