June 15, 2009

Giveaway: The Education of The American Dreamer

Full Description (taken from here):
With insight and refreshing candor, Peter G. Peterson describes his remarkable life story beginning in Kearney, Nebraska as an eight-year-old manning the cash register at his father's Greek diner through his "Mad Men" advertising days, to Secretary of Commerce in Nixon's paranoid White House, to the tumultuous days of Lehman Brothers, and to the creation of The Blackstone Group, one of the great financial enterprises in recent times.

In THE EDUCATION OF AN AMERICAN DREAMER, Peterson chronicles the progress of this journey with irony, humor and, sometimes, painful honesty. Within these pages are stories of marriage and family hardship; lessons in political gamesmanship; thoughts on his obsessive desire to succeed; and, finally, learning the meaning of "enough." From his advertising days in Chicago in the 1950's to becoming the youngest CEO of a Fortune 300 Company, he shares with us his rise to the top and the price paid along the way. As the youngest Cabinet member in the Nixon administration, he describes his survival techniques in a hubris-driven and paranoid White House, including his turbulent turf wars with Treasury Secretary John Connally leading to Peterson's abrupt and highly publicized firing. His stewardship of Lehman Brothers is a Shakespearian tale of a CEO who struggled to deal with partners who were plotting his demise and, at the same time, turning an institution on the brink of bankruptcy to one with 5 straight years of record profits.

His life's story is about doing well by doing good. In the wake of Blackstone's highly successful public offering, Peterson found himself an 80-year old instant billionaire, on the verge of retirement. And like many lifetime workers and over-achievers, he suddenly confronts an unexpected, depressing identity crisis. His solution? Committing a great bulk of his net proceeds to establish the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, his philanthropic endeavor to do something about America's politically untouchable challenges that threaten America's future, among them massive entitlement obligations, ballooning health care costs, and our energy gluttony.

Ultimately, this is a man's account of his legendary successes, humiliating failures, and personal tragedies - a testament to a remarkable life and, indeed, to the American Dream itself.



Valerie over at Hachette has given me permission to give out 5 copies of each book to 5 random commenters.

Open to residents of the US and Canada
Cannot mail to a P.O. Box

ENTRIES:

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+1 for following my new blog freebies4meandu.
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*Current friends/followers receive the extra points as well - just make sure you remind me in the comments*

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Winners will be chosen July 1st and notified via email.

29 comments:

MJ said...

I want this.

I follow.

I follow on twitter - Sumrthyme

I follow Freebies.

I'm a friend on GoodReads.

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A Reader said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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A Reader said...

Follower of Readoholic blog.

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A Reader said...

Follower of Freebie blog (liane66)
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A Reader said...

Friended on Facebook.

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A Reader said...

Posted on my blog under current giveaways.
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Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good read, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

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Kitten22 said...

I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader).

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Kitten22 said...

I tweeted about this!

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Esme said...

I will be the first comment-thanks for the giveaway.

If you are interested I am giving away Obama's Blackberry at Chocolate&Croissants.blogspotcom.

Esme said...

oops forgot the email

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Luvdaylilies said...

I have been wanting to read this=)


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FOKXXY said...

I would love to be entered please.

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Lee said...

Looks interesting. Please enter me.

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Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway

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I Heart Book Gossip said...

+ 1 Tweeted about this contest.
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Martha Lawson said...

Great contest! I'd like to win!!

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Elsie said...

Oh the places you'll go....and I love to go along on these descriptive journeys of peoples' lives, by the subject of the story.

Sounds like interesting and stunning reading!

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Renee G said...

Would love to read this.
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Sunnymay said...

From working as a kid in his family's diner through years of financial navigation ultimately becoming a philanthropist, Peterson demonstrates how to survive while keeping a foundation of integrity and fairness. The American Dream builds on growing those around you, who in turn give back the lessons of support and help you grow yourself.

Upper West Side Writer said...

I would love to win this book--thanks!

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Upper West Side Writer said...

I'm following the blog via Google reader--thanks!

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Upper West Side Writer said...

I'm following you on Twitter--thanks!

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Upper West Side Writer said...

I Twittered about the giveaway via my Twitter name uwsreader:

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Bingo said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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ChristyJan said...

+ If I'm not too late ~ please enter me to win a copy of this book

+ I'm a new follower

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