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This renewed edition of Reginald F. Lewis's inspiring and enduring autobiography, "Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?" is a living, breathing testament to Reginald F. Lewis's passion for "the deal" and for life itself. An exclusive feature of this limited edition is a DVD which presents specially selected material from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and from the American Legacy television episode, hosted by Tim Reid, that focuses on Lewis's life and times. ...
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This renewed edition of Reginald F. Lewis's inspiring and enduring autobiography, "Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?" is a living, breathing testament to Reginald F. Lewis's passion for "the deal" and for life itself. An exclusive feature of this limited edition is a DVD which presents specially selected material from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and from the American Legacy television episode, hosted by Tim Reid, that focuses on Lewis's life and times. This reissue also presents a new introduction written by Christina Lewis Halpern, Lewis's daughter and a new foreword by Richard Parsons, former chairman of Citigroup and former chairman and CEO of Time Warner, Inc. Their commentary is followed by new commentary from key leaders in business and education who share Lewis's zest and enthusiasm, and appreciates in their own way, Lewis's glass ceiling-shattering question: Why should White guys have all the fun?

This inspirational story of one of the most dynamic entrepreneurs of our time tells how Reginald Lewis created a billion-dollar business empire. Rising from a Baltimore ghetto to Harvard Law School and into the elite circle of Wall Street deal makers, he went on to engineer the historic buyout of food giant Beatrice International before his untimely death in January 1993. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This biography of business magnate Lewis is based on his unfinished autobiography; he died in 1993 at age 50 from brain cancer. Walker, who writes for the ``Money'' section of USA Today, completed the book after interviewing Lewis's family, friends, colleagues and employees. Lewis, growing up in an African American family in segregated Baltimore, attended parochial school, worked his way through college and Harvard Law and became a successful attorney and highly visible business executive, capping his career with the leveraged buyout of conglomerate Beatrice International Foods for $985 billion in 1987. His personal fortune was $400 million, we learn in this inspiring bio/business study, which deftly conveys Lewis's concerns not only about his work but also about his family, race and his own death. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Black Enterprise. Nov.
Library Journal
This work tells the story of a black man who rose to become a top CEO. [Reviewed on p. 82.]
School Library Journal
YA-Even as a small child, Lewis's goal was to become the richest black man in America. When he died of brain cancer at age 50 in 1993, he was worth over $400 million and was considered by Forbes magazine to be one of the 400 wealthiest Americans. Not only was he an extremely successful businessman, but he was also a caring philanthropist. His journey from middle-class Baltimore resident to international citizen makes for fascinating reading. He was in the process of writing his autobiography when he died, and Walker consulted many sources in order to give a full and accurate account of this intense, goal-oriented man's life. Lewis's words appear in italics; Walker's, in Roman typeface, provide additional information. Walker discusses his subject's private life, but he concentrates more on the business aspects. This is enough. It is inspiring to see how one individual can plan ahead and overcome both racial and financial obstacles to become such a world-wide success.-Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574780505
  • Publisher: Black Classic Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Edition description: Limited Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Reginald F. Lewis was chairman, chief executive officer, and principle shareholder of TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc., until his death from brain cancer in January 1993. Born into a Black working-class family in Baltimore, he had pushed himself onto Forbes magazine’s 400 list of wealthiest Americans at the time of his untimely death at age 50.

Blair Walker is a former financial reporter with USA Today. He has been writing professionally since 1980. He has been an editor with New York Newsday and the Washington Post, and has been a reporter with the Baltimore Sun and the Chicago bureau of The Associated Press. Blair has also freelanced for Emerge, AutoWeek, Fortune, Africans Americans on Wheels and BET Weekend magazines.

Richard Parsons is a business executive who served as Chairman of Citigroup from 2009 - 2012 and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner from 2002-2007. Hailing from a working-class background, Parsons regularly makes Fortune magazine's annual list of the most powerful people in business, and is considered to be one of the most respected African American executives in the country.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:
A Kid from East Baltimore.
Lewis's ``Demon Work Ethic'': The High School Years.
``I'm Going to Be a Millionaire'': Lewis at Virginia State.
No Application Needed: Breaking Down the Doors of Harvard Law.
Building His Own Law Practice: The Years of Struggle.
``Masterful'' Man: Winning Loida Nicolas.
``I Was Not Ready.'' Piloting McCall for a 90-to-1 Gain.
The Biggest Deal of All: The Billion-Dollar LBO of Beatrice.
Taming a Business Behemoth.
A Door to a New Universe.
Connoisseur, Philanthropist, Citizen of the World.
Epilogue.
Sources Interviewed.
Index.
About the Authors.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    Enthusiastic.

    This work tells the story of a black man who rose to become a top CEO. Author BLAIR S. WALKER, discusses the chronicle of his subject's private life based on dozens of interviews and also consulting many sources and borrowing on an unfinished autobiography Reginald Lewis wrote shortly before his death from brain cancer in order to give a full and accurate account of this intense, goal-oriented man's life. If motivation and inspiration is what you seek, you will find it in various chapters throughout the book. Power packed with valuable business lessons on deal making and negotiations, this book has the ability to cultivate your mind set in many a positive ways. Lewis was a tough- minded narcissistic individual. He was a man set on being an exception to life's ugly stereotypes towards African Americans. Although the book does fall short in not talking about the deaths of two keystone figures in Lewis's life which was his grand pop and grand mom who were considered some of his greatest strength as a boy. Lewis and his two LBO's became a greater success than the famous 'burning bed' blunder by the former First Boston. Overall, you will find this book an entertaining read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Extremely Interesting!

    This is an extremely interesting biography! It gives hope that anyone can succeed in a huge way. Strongly recommended to anyone who wants to succeed in businees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Great inspiration for young afro-american entreprenuers

    This was one of the first books I read when I became truly interested in entering the world of business. As a young afro-american man, it gave me inspiration in a world where all I saw around me was successful men of every other nationality but mine. It shows us that with hard work and persistance, the ground becomes level, and your success becomes equal with your abilities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Inspiring!

    This book has re-defined how I do business in corporate america. Reggie's story showed me how to break through the glass ceilings. This story is one that all young entrepreneurs should read regardless of your race. The hardest thing to believe is that these people actually made all that money!

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