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The Right Time: An Autobiography of Harry Golden Hardcover – 1969

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam; First Edition edition (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BZ7U6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Adams on March 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I met Harry Golden through Mr. Kennedy and the Negroes doing a research paper for high school in 1964. From that, I learned of the Carolina Israelite and reveled in its humor and so out-of-the-box thinking. Consider the vertical integration plan just one example. Due to much pleading in a car with my parents and five siblings the following summer, my dad was forced to side-trip into Charlotte, give me a chance to call to see if I could meet Mr. Golden, and drive me to his office for the approved meeting. Mr. Golden welcomed me from behind his desk, in his trademark rocking chair and smoking his trademark cigar.

We shared a few letters after that, and I was saddened when he died. Only then did I pick up The Right Time and learn more fully of this man's rich life. In a time of trouble in which we find ourselves now, the book is as reassuring as Churchill's speech to Harrow in 1941. Here is a man who lost all, who was sent to the federal pen for stock fraud in 1929, who paid his debt to society, moved from NYC to Charlotte, started over again, and redeemed himself in the eyes of all. Read the book. Now.
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Harry Golden was admired by my father for his humor. Civil rights were among the big political issues that made papers like the Carolina Israelite come up with some insights that could change social codes for the better. Being ecumenical made my father happy that he could find anyone to agree with. It is my fault that I had some ideas about not trusting anybody over 30. When I read these old episodes in how progress was supposed to make life better, it makes me feel like I was where The Breakfast Club was in 1985, when Simple Minds sang a song by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff:

DON'T YOU (Forget About Me)

Tell me your troubles and doubts,
given everything, inside and out.
Love's strange, so real in the dark . . .

This autobiography, The Right Time (1969), was written as Harry Golden was ceasing publication of his usual paper and trying to explain his life to readers who previously bought the books which made him a well-known American author. The funny thing about 2014 in comparison with this book is the number of economic problems that provide so much insight on the failure of the stock broker deals in June, 1926, offering purchase on an annual plan of equal monthly installments that was having a hearing by a bankruptcy referee on Thursday, June 26, 1929. Tuttle was a U.S. Attorney who wanted to press criminal charges for mail fraud because he thought favorable treatment had been provided to a powerful religious figure:

Bishop James Cannon, Jr., of the Episcopal Methodist Church, South
had put in $2,500 investment during 1927 and 1928 for trades by
Kable and Company which bought stocks for him worth $447,000
and sold them for $486,000.
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