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By Peter G. Peterson

With perception and fresh candor, Peter G. Peterson describes his awesome existence tale starting in Kearney, Nebraska as an eight-year-old manning the money sign in at his father's Greek diner via his "Mad males" ads days, to Secretary of trade in Nixon's paranoid White apartment, to the tumultuous days of Lehman Brothers, and to the production of The Blackstone crew, one of many nice monetary organisations in recent years. within the schooling OF AN AMERICAN DREAMER, Peterson chronicles the growth of this trip with irony, humor and, occasionally, painful honesty. inside those pages are tales of marriage and kin complication; classes in political gamesmanship; recommendations on his obsessive wish to be successful; and, eventually, studying the that means of "enough." From his ads days in Chicago within the 1950's to turning into the youngest CEO of a Fortune three hundred corporation, he stocks with us his upward thrust to the head and the cost paid alongside the best way. because the youngest cupboard member within the Nixon management, he describes his survival thoughts in a hubris-driven and paranoid White condo, together with his turbulent turf wars with Treasury Secretary John Connally resulting in Peterson's abrupt and hugely publicized firing. His stewardship of Lehman Brothers is a Shakespearian story of a CEO who struggled to house companions who have been plotting his loss of life and, even as, turning an establishment on the point of financial disaster to 1 with five instantly years of list gains. His life's tale is ready doing good through doing reliable. within the wake of Blackstone's hugely profitable public supplying, Peterson discovered himself an 80-year outdated quick billionaire, at the verge of retirement. and prefer many lifetime staff and over-achievers, he without warning confronts an unforeseen, miserable identification hindrance. His answer? Committing a superb bulk of his internet proceeds to set up the Peter G. Peterson starting place, his philanthropic recreation to take care of America's politically untouchable demanding situations that threaten America's destiny, between them substantial entitlement tasks, ballooning health and wellbeing care expenditures, and our power gluttony.Ultimately, this can be a man's account of his mythical successes, humiliating mess ups, and private tragedies - a testomony to a striking lifestyles and, certainly, to the yank Dream itself.

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LCGFT: Biographies. 1 ep Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Epigraph Foreword Part I: Countin’ Off Chapter 1: Mystery House Chapter 2: Cussin’ and Fussin’ Chapter 3: American Jive Part II: Hit It! Chapter 4: The Vapors Chapter 5: Six Gaines Chapter 6: Leaving the Land Chapter 7: Bro Chapter 8: To Live Standing Chapter 9: The Last Flame Chapter 10: The Rev Chapter 11: The Money Man Chapter 12: The Earth Beneath His Feet Chapter 13: More Money Chapter 14: The Hundred-Dollar Man Chapter 15: The Rag That Nobody Reads Chapter 16: Sis Part III: Quit It!

It’s nothing said, or even seen, for black folks in South Carolina are experts at showing a mask to the white man. They’ve had generations of practice. The smile goes out before their faces like a radiator grille. When a white customer enters Brooker’s, they act happy. When the white man talks, they nod before the man finishes his sentences. ” and howdy ’em and yes ’em to death. And you stand there dumbfounded, because you’re hearing something different, you’re hearing that buzz, and you don’t know if it’s coming from the table or the bottom of your feet, or if it’s the speed of so much history passing between the two of them, the black and the white, in that moment when the white man pays for his collard greens with a smile that ties you up, because you can hear the roar of the war still being fought—the big one, the one the northerners call the Civil War and southerners call the War of Northern Aggression, and the more recent war, the war of propaganda, where the black guy in the White House pissed some people off no matter what he did.

At that point in his life, everybody he’d cared about, with the exception of a few close friends and select family, had left or he’d driven away. He was a physical mess. His knees were going—arthritis was killing him. His teeth, which had required several operations, hurt so much he could hardly eat at times. He’d arrived at his Augusta office building that day, portions of which were rented out to other businesses, saw an unlocked door, and, according to his son Terry, recalled in his drug-addled memory that someone had recently slipped into his office and stolen his wallet.

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