Only in America: From Immigrant to CEO

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The United States is the land of opportunity and a society unique in the history of the world. It is only in America that an immigrant could create a new life. Only in America could someone arrive speaking fewer than fifty words of English and work through the ranks to become the CEO of a major company. This someone is Paul Oreffice and this is his story-the American story. It begins in Italy, 1939. Mussolini is in power, and fascism is the rule of the day. Paul's father has not come home for twelve days, and his...
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Overview

The United States is the land of opportunity and a society unique in the history of the world. It is only in America that an immigrant could create a new life. Only in America could someone arrive speaking fewer than fifty words of English and work through the ranks to become the CEO of a major company. This someone is Paul Oreffice and this is his story-the American story. It begins in Italy, 1939. Mussolini is in power, and fascism is the rule of the day. Paul's father has not come home for twelve days, and his mother anticipates the worst. In fact, the fascist police have severely beaten Paul's father and thrown him in a tiny cell. For the sake of his family, Paul's father wins the heart of one of his jailers, who places an anonymous call to Paul's mother, relaying, "Your husband is alive."Thus begins the adventure that brings Paul and his family to America by way of Switzerland first and then Ecuador, escaping to that country only eight days before Italy enters World War II. Once in America, he enrolls at Purdue University though he knew almost no English. After graduating and serving for two years in the US Army during the Korean War, Paul rises rapidly through The Dow Chemical Company's ranks, helping it go from a domestic company to an international powerhouse through his roles as CEO, president, and chairman.Only in America weaves the story of Paul's immigration to America, revealing how difficult early experiences sharpened him and molded his outlook on management and life. He gives practical business advice-from someone who has been there-on how anyone, especially an immigrant, can seize the abundant opportunities this country offers, converting obstacles and setbacks into achievements and success.
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Dick Cheney
"Paul Oreffice became a great American business leader by first becoming a great American citizen and patriot. His story, told here with his customary brio, shows how the free enterprise system provides opportunity to talented and determined people whatever their origin and how it puts their talents to work on behalf of social welfare and prosperity."
Jack Welch
"I have been an unabashed fan of Paul Oreffice for many years. As I have told everyone, he represents the best of what an American CEO is all about."
Retired CEO, General Electric
Newt Gingrich
"Paul Oreffice's remarkable tale of turning insurmountable obstacles into triumphs again and again is nothing short of inspiring."
Peter Ueberoth
"Paul Oreffice affirms that the American dream is alive and well. You won't be able to put it down."
Former Commissioner of Major League Baseball
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974537672
  • Publisher: Stroud & Hall Pub
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Inspirational!

    A book that's impossible to put down! The true story of a pre-teen growing up in fascist Italy during the 1930's reads like fiction as it covers the imprisonment and torture of Paul Oreffice's outspoken and courageous father and his family's subsequent escape from Italy just a week prior to Mussolini's crackdown on all future emigration. The lessons that Oreffice learns from his parents and other caring adults in the country of his birth stand him in good stead as he conquers all obstacles during his meteoric rise in becoming CEO of one of America's corporate giants. An inspirational read!

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