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Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire Paperback – October 13, 2005
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I give this 4 stars because I'm ambivalent on Lewis' significance for black Americans. He achieved and he's given back a lot to the community, as evidenced by the Reginald Lewis Library in Baltimore. But this book also reveals that his success was greatly aided by Michael Milken's junk bonds [although in the book's defense Milken was still positively regarded at the time of writing] and he deeply loved being part of Harvard Law School and chose to make a very public donation of a multimillion dollar building to them as he became established.
I think the lack of discussion of some of these issues reflects the time period that this book was written in rather than any fault of the author. This is an authorized biography with large samplings of Lewis' own words. Lewis' amazing rise deserves a full-scale critical biography, and I'll give this a high rating until something else comes out to supplant it.
Walker does not sugarcoat Lewis' explosive personality and temper. Rather, Walker tries to make his reader understand that Lewis' legendary explosions propelled a young man who was determined not to be a financial burden upon anyone. Such a determination resulted in Lewis developing an incredible work ethic and the lofty goal of becoming a millionaire. Lewis would constantly critique his work performance and demand better from himself. Anyone working with or for Lewis who gave less than maximum effort would be rebuked by Lewis and informed that such lack of effort is "not acceptable." Lewis was driven and seemingly indefatigable. By the time of his death in 1993, Lewis had amassed a personal fortune that Forbes magazine estimated to be in excess of $400 million dollars. Reginald Lewis' accomplishments are truly remarkable and inspirational.Read more ›
The title rather captures Mr. Lewis's outlook on life. He enjoyed himself, he enjoyed what he was doing, he enjoyed life. Sure he enjoyed the trapping of wealth like the limo. But they were just a symbol of the fun he was having.
A young person, regardless of race, gender, or religion interested in just what can be done by hard work, drive, and intelligence would do well to read this book. It just could be a life changer.
For readers its a look at an intense, fearless, determined, and extremely ambitious man who just happened to be African-American.
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Great book about a very focused man. I highly recommend this book to one and all. Been by Virginia State and from there he persevered until success. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best business books I've ever read; perhaps even the best.Published 3 months ago by Terrence Garrison
I received the book in the condition and time frame promised. Very pleased, thank you.Published 3 months ago by Dorothymae
Gets a little boring closer to the end where author gives a lot of descriptions, but other than that great book.Published 3 months ago by Vera
This is a testament of the African American Dream. I now have a new role model after reading this book....Published 4 months ago by Brandon W.
First off Im not sure what the negative reviews about biases were all about , but for me this book meant a lot . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andre Williams
Read this book in high school. Should be read by every poor black child in the world.Published 4 months ago by jusablkman