Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun is the inspiring story of Reginald Lewis lawyer, Wall Street wizard, philanthropist and the wealthiest black man in American history.When six year old Reginald Lewis overheard his grandparents discussing employment discrimination against African Americans, he asked, Why should white guys have all the fun This self assured child would grow up to become the CEO of Beatrice International and one of the most successful entrepreneurs ever At the time of his death in 1993, his personal fortune was estimated in excess of 400 million and his vast commercial empire spanned four continents Despite the notoriety surrounding Lewis s financial coups, little has been written about the life of this remarkable man Based on Lewis s unfinished autobiography, as well as scores of interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, the book cuts through the myth and media hype to reveal the man behind the legend What emerges is a vivid portrait of a proud, fiercely determined individual with a razor sharp tongue and an intellect to match who would settle for nothing less than excellence from himself and others....
|Title||:||Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire|
|Publisher||:||Black Classic Press October 13, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||318 pages|
|File Size||:||973 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire Reviews
My 78 year old father the most critical man I've ever met, LOVED this book. He spoke so highly of it that I can't wait to be able to read it.
This book was exceptional and that was an understatement. In my opinion Reg was one of the best business people in the world. It's unfair to call him the best black business man, but was the best period. Without a doubt in my mind he would have controlled other great big brand companies like a movie studio, professional sports team, car dealer ship or anything else. Simply the man was astonishing and the book left me in tears and deserves a full biopic. As an aspiring entrepreneur this book will be one of the best I ever read on an entrepreneur if not the best. May God bless you Reg and that you are in Abraham's bosom. Also great work by Blair Walker as well.
Reginald Lewis may not have had the most likeable of personalities - arrogant, moody, temperamental, elitist and sometimes cruel - but he was formidable. Raised by poor but principled parents and grandparents, Reginald Lewis took the lessons of a waiter, a maid and a hardworking mother and used them to become one of America's richest entrepreneurs. The thrust of Reginald Lewis's biography is a testament to unbridled will-power. His is a story that should be told to all that doubt the power of the individual. While he suffered the typical racial indignities and cultural skepticism minorities unfortunately expect to face in corporate America, he prospered. And he did so to the tune of private jets and corporate high rise corner offices before succumbing to brain cancer at the young age of 50. It's a shame his story is not more widely known. What I admire most is his fierce drive and uncompromising work ethic. While this book won't go down in history as a classic, it is an inspirational read.
Behind the scene look at how the world of acquisitions and mergers take place and why it has been almost impossible for some to participate in the great wealth of this country. Because they were locked out for obvious reasons. Reginald Lewis was driven, determined, ambitious and single minded in his quest to become a major player in the corporate world. It is unfortunate that the stress (he placed a tremendous pressure on himself, but those who refused to allow him into the game, or attempted to keep him out of the "big leagues" probably did not help) probably contribute to his early and very unfortunate death. I am glad to see his legacy lives on. The book is an eye opener, and not many have the fortitude to do what this man did. This should be a must read for all black students at HBCUs, and all business students in general. The book also demonstrates what drive, commitment, and focus no matter your background can yield success in so many areas in life from family and enjoying life to work and material gain. What a treasure Mr. Lewis was not just intellect got him to reach the heights but courage, common sense and a sense of purpose.
We always here about the plight and oppression of black people. But this is a book about triumphing against the odds. Of never giving up on yourself or your dreams.
An amazing tycoon in business; WHY IS HE NOT MENTIONED IN HISTORY BOOKS? Look at who's writing and publishing most of what you read? Do they look like you? If not, this may be why people do not learn about their own cultural ties to history. If this idea, was unimportant, people would be more truthful in the re-telling of stories. One of Reginald Lewis daughters' and his wife were EXTREMELY instrumental in the writing and funding of his book. His story is important and his legacy does not end with him. A great and empowering read.
An awesome read. I knew the story of Mr. Lewis fairly well yet once I started reading this book I was transfixed. It captivated me as a book rarely does. Although this book would be very pertinent for African-Americans, I am a white Canadian and I found this story to be absolutely inspirational, transcending any race or citizenship. It is about a person that always had a very strong belief in himself and stayed true to his vision, regardless of what seemed realistic to others. The focus and drive he possessed is incredible. What others would have viewed as failure he saw as a way to judge his performance and improve. The complexity of the deals he pulled off and the way he ran the companies to record profits shows the genius of this legend in corporate American history.
I was blown away by this book, more so for the similarities between Lewis and myself. I think he was proud of being black but I agree with him that its only an aspect of who you are. Americans as a whole, whether they are black and white tend to group successful blacks as some sort of exception, which is a done and TIRED story. Reginald is a man's man that did things his way successfully. Too bad his life was cut short no telling where he might of been and how much more successful he would have become.