Finland’s bestselling nonfiction book tells the ultimate insider story of Nokia – the company that created a global mobile revolution

Ollila_Mahdoton menestys_kansiElina Ahlback Literary Agency is proud to present Finland’s bestselling narrative nonfiction title in 2013: Against All Odds: My Emotional Journey with Nokia (Mahdoton menestys: Kasvun paikkana Nokia, Otava 2013), legendary CEO Jorma Ollila’s autobiography of the company that created a global mobile revolution. Selected as one of 2013’s most fascinating books by the influential Suomen kuvalehti magazine, this first-person account of the rise and fall of Nokia has sold 40,000 copies in Finland.

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Jorma Ollila, CEO of Nokia from 1992 to 2006, turned the company into the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer. The book narrates Ollila’s personal and professional journey, exploring the fine line between stratospheric success and catastrophic failure, the nature of leadership – and the human element of business, including encounters with figures such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Ollila examines the political and economic background of Nokia’s rise, and offers an insider’s look into the company’s recent difficulties.

Praise for Against All Odds:

”This biography is a meticulously polished diamond…Ollila prepared his autobiography for ten years. Journalist Harri Saukkomaa has turned it into an entertaining story in the strongest possible bestseller style.”
– Columnist Unto Hämäläinen, Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland

”Ollila’s biography paints a portrait of a hardworking and forward-looking man.
Suomen kuvalehti magazine, Finland (“Books of the Year 2013”)

”Clearly and flowingly written, [Against All Odds] is a story of how Jorma Ollila views Nokia….An overarching theme is his appreciation for hard work and learning, which he learned from home. He approaches knowledge and science with great humility.”
Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland

About the authors:

Jorma Ollila became the pre-eminent European businessman of his generation during his time as CEO of Nokia Corporation from 1992 to 2006. Ollila currently works as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Royal Dutch Shell and at Outokumpu. He has master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics, in engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology and in political science from the University of Helsinki.

Co-author Harri Saukkomaa is a well-known media expert, entrepreneur and author of several nonfiction books.

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Jorma Ollila


Jorma Ollila became the pre-eminent European businessman of his generation during his time as CEO of Nokia Corporation from 1992 to 2006. Ollila currently works as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Royal Dutch Shell and at Outokumpu. He has master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics, in engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology and in political science from the University of Helsinki.

Against All Odds: My Emotional Journey with Nokia (Mahdoton menestys: Kasvun paikkana Nokia, Otava 2013), Ollila’s autobiography of the company that created a global mobile revolution, was 2013’s bestselling narrative nonfiction book in Finland, and was selected as one of the year’s most fascinating books by the influential Suomen kuvalehti magazine.

Harri Saukkomaa, co-author of Against all Odds, is a well-known media expert, entrepreneur and author of several nonfiction books.

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