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Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, November 3, 2008
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In keeping with the unwritten Power Broker Creed, Mr.Jordan reveals very little about the inside mechanations that made him who he is (as opposed to who he was). That is to say, the book speaks volumes about those life experiences that made Vernon Jordan the moderate civil rights leader he was years ago, but says exactly nothing about the transition from that leadership role, to the man who had the president's ear (not to mention the man who kept his secrets)and the ear of the REAL powerful people in this global econonmy: the corporate mavens for whom Vernon was (is?) paid handsomely to dish out advice and counsel to.
We never hear in any detail about how Jordan quietly but persistently accumulated the power he achieved and, indeed, what motivated him in this pursuit. And no, I was not interested in any Monica dirt: Monica and the whole presidential thing, was (and is) beside the point when it comes to a rigorous Jordan analysis. That whole episode merely served as a template (and not a particularly good one) for the kind of back scratchery at high level that Jordan has been doing for years.
But then again, what does one expect? People like Jordan (and mind you, I am a big fan of his)live by the aforementioned unspoken creed: power is best accumulated and exercised quietly. Thus, one does not reveal the secrets of the kingdom to just any average reader (by the way Vernon, what really does go on at those Bildeberg confrences?).
We will not get the whole unexpurgated version of Jordan's life until some biographer decides to swim against currents and put one together.Read more ›
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This man is remarkable. The wealth of stories and experiences in here are amazing. I recently had the honor of hearing him speak in person in Brooklyn, NY. Read morePublished 1 day ago by sholder
This memoir fills in an important gap in understanding, for a white person of all ages and young black persons, of what the world of race was and the successes that have been... Read morePublished 20 months ago by David C. Miller
The book is very good. But it is a used book that has blue ink underlining in it. Not a new book at all.Published on July 14, 2014 by Bob Curran
Glad to learn about the early life of someone so brilliant and how he too suffered versions of Jim Crow.Published on December 29, 2013 by Iona Pressley
To share time and environment with an author is a true reality experience. Vernon was ahead of my class but he was popular and very much respected by all of us. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer