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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: LHA Publishing Company (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985347929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985347925
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I've carried the details of this book, in the recesses of my memory,for a lot of years before finally deciding to write this book. In doing so,I've chosen to focus on a specific 10 year period of Reginald Lewis's life. While during his lifetime, he accumulated great wealth and was arguably the richest African-American on the planet, this book is not about the money. It's about young Reginald F. Lewis before the money and the challenges he overcame as he transformed himself from being ordinary to become extraordinary.

My twitter handle is lhacafe. You can also find me on Facebook -linsr24.

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Following the 1987 leveraged buyout of Beatrice Foods, Reginald F. Lewis was solidly positioned as CEO of a billion dollar conglomerate and a major player on Wall Street. Still in his forties, with a personal fortune that placed him on the Forbes 400 list, this pioneering businessman had achieved unimaginable success without the advantages of inherited wealth or family connections. What prepared this young African-American man from middle-class Baltimore to become one of the world's most respected executives? What can be learned from the formative years that shaped and molded Reginald F. Lewis into an enduring American success story? 
Lin Hart's informative and inspirational new book, Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice: The Young Man Before the Billion-Dollar Empire, sets out to explore and shed first-hand insight on his days as a close friend and confidante of Reginald F. Lewis during their high school and college years. Throughout what is clear is Lewis's will to succeed, his supreme confidence, and his unrelenting pursuit to become extraordinary.
Maryland native Linwood (Lin) Hart lived in the same West Baltimore neighborhood that the Lewis family moved to in 1952. He and young Reginald met and became close in 1956, and they would later become roommates and football teammates at Virginia State, remaining friends until Mr. Lewis's death in 1993. Lin Hart retired in 1995 from AT&T, where he was a Network Systems Engineering Director, and started his own company, Lin Hart & Associates, which specializes in professional speaker services and leadership coaching.

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Motivating good read and touching.
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This is the story of an African American male who succeeded on Wall Street.
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I found myself reading the book in one sitting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A Newman on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Throughly enjoyed this book, I found it educational, the powerful words from his mother fueled the engine that thrusted him forward. He always had those words "Keep going, no matter what, to push him through. Although the words are few they are powerful and came from a powerful source. Maybe some day his life will be put on film
as one of the most successful African Americans during that time. The author did a great job taking us through the many phases of that period in his life. The benefits of this book provides a roadmap for youth or anyone aspiring to
achieve their goals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele on November 27, 2012
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I just received my copy of this book and finished it within 2 days. I thought the story shared an amazing tale of how three inner city young men forged a competitive yet meaningful friendship and grew into manhood armed with the necessary leadership and life skills that enabled them to have extraordinary careers. As a native Baltimorean, I was able to envision the details of the scenary of Baltimore as it was in the early 1960's. I was also very intriqued with hearing about the childhood friends and aquaintances of these boys who later became historical figures in their own right(i.e. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M.Bell, Former ABC News co-anchor Max Robinson, and Former Maryland State Delegate Clarence "Tiger" Davis and many others).

This book is going to be #1 on my list of Christmas gifts to give. Not only will my 15 year old son receive his own copy, many of his friends (and mine) will receive copies from me as well. Many character traits that Reginald Lewis possessed at a young age are laid out, analyzed and explained in such a way for us to understand how it eventually led to Lewis becoming such a successful business leader.

In closing, I am still laughing about the boys meeting the woman named "Kay" when they first arrived on the campus of Virginia State University.....Hilarious!!!!!!

I highly recommend this book!!!!!!

Michele H. Wheaton
Randallstown, Maryland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James R Tate on April 21, 2013
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Great! Interesting perspective in to the life of a person who started life as any normal person and then made quantium leaps to become a superstar in the financial industry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren B. Edmonds on December 19, 2012
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Reading the Book, "Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice: The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire", was like going back in a time capsule to that period in time in the Book and reliving the moments I shared with the Author, Lin Hart and Reginald Lewis in Baltimore, MD. I now know how Lin and Reggie made it to the top of their business careers. The Book "unlocked the door to the secret formula" that led to their successful careers. The Book is steeped with a "How To" List of "Principles" to follow and "Goals to set" in order to reach your full potential using your "God-Given" talents. It is all in the Book and I congratulate Lin for documenting those formative years and sharing with others the "modus-operandi" to success. I also thank Lin and consider it an honor to be mentioned in his Book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Herman Bell on December 2, 2012
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Linwood, I just got your book and it really takes me back. I lived a lot of the things you talk about, and your memory is right on time. I had forgotten about things like the freshman football hazing - The Ghost Walking. The pledge activity was interesting to the extent that it could be discussed!! (smile).The VSC years had me shaking my head in agreement, and your pre-VSC years in Baltimore were so much like my time growing up in Camden.

I would recommend that anyone who knew Reggie, or knew of him (especially our Kappa Brothers) get a copy of your book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tnewman on December 1, 2012
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Lin Hart did an outstanding job of weaving the "journey to success" of Reginald F. Lewis from the least among us (the poor) to the successful few (wealthy) among us. The narrative begins in Baltimore in a neighborhood where "white flight" is dominating the eco-social environment where new social relationships are being established. In this new neighborhood, two young men from stable households meet and become friends. This book explores that friendship and bring meaning to lessons and experiences they learned along the route from their first encounter to Reginald's death.

Lin Hart illuminates how committed Reginald was to his goals and how he was able to achieve them even when odds were against him. Even in defeat as with his failure to make the football team, Reginald was able to refocus and energize his efforts to pursue bigger goals. Reginald was a hustler in that he was accomplishment driven and would not accept defeat in getting what he targeted. His attention to detail and planning, armed him with the knowledge and flexibility to outmaneuver his adversaries and win. He took ownership for his actions and his success had no equals.

The leadership of Reginald F Lewis reflected in this book is futuristic for the time he lived. He managed to win with robust goals, detail planning and knowledge of the environment he was working. He refused to accept the idea that he could not achieve what had been denied to Black Americans.

This is a great read in Leadership which is well written.
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I found Mr. Hart's reflection of he and Reginald Lewis' formative years to be an intimate look of the man who became the wealthiest African American businessman of that time. It was refreshing to learn of the "behind the scenes" moments in both of their lives. The ups....the downs....the victories and the defeats contributed to who they became. While I have had the opportunity to speak with Lin, I actually felt as if I knew Reginald F. Lewis as well, through him. Nice job Mr. Hart as I am sure Reginald would have been proud of your account.

Marc Medley
Host of The Reading Circle with Marc Medley
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More About the Author

My name is Linwood (Lin) Hart and I'm the author of the book, "Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice....The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire."

This book had been in the works for many years, before I finally decided to write and publish it. In doing so, I chose to focus on a specific 10-year period of Reginald F. Lewis's life. It was a period during which the two of us were particularly close and it is a period that received little coverage in his autobiography, "Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun."

While during his lifetime, Reginald F. Lewis accumulated great wealth and was arguably the richest African-American on the planet, this book is not about his wealth. It is about Reginald F. Lewis long before the wealth. It is about the challenges he faced during this 10-year period and the way in which he overcame them. It is about how he transformed himself from being ordinary to become extraordinary.

I'm a Maryland native, having lived as a teenager in the same West Baltimore neighborhood that Reginald F. Lewis's family moved to in 1952. Young Reginald and I met and became friends in 1956. We later became roommates and football teammates at Virginia State, remaining friends until Reginald's death in 1993.

I retired in 1995 from AT&T Network Systems. In my last position, I served as the Network Systems Engineering Director for International Services. I left to start my own company, Lin Hart & Associates specializing in professional speaker services and leadership coaching.

I am a graduate of Virginia State University. I currently reside with my wife, Frances, in Chesterfield, Missouri. We are the parents of two children, Lin Hart, Jr. and the late Gail Hart Stanfield.

My twitter handle is lhacafe. You can also find me on Facebook.