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Publishers WeeklyMacKinnon, a former Pentagon official and Director of Communications for Senator Bob Dole, grew up abysmally poor in a rough Boston neighborhood, literally having to roll pennies in the dark with his mother in order to pay for food and medicine for his baby sister. In spite of his alcoholic and often absent parents, MacKinnon persevered and flourished, using his "PhD in street smarts," innate intelligence, and a love of science and writing to propel himself forward. "I went through and survived something the vast majority of Americans will never know, understand, or defeat. And because of that...I've got a wealth of knowledge on poverty, crime, and human nature that most in politics...or life...will never have." Detailing his many struggles and triumphs, MacKinnon's is not just a rags-to-riches story-as promised by the title, MacKinnon has a message: "'We are our brother's keeper'...too many of us turn our back on those in need as we dash into our homes and lock the doors." At times as dark as a film-noir and at others surprisingly tender, MacKinnon's story is consistently riveting and inspiring.
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