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Lonely at the Top

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Anxiety, fear of failure, self-consciousness: these are not the qualities you imagine when you hear the word “heiress." But in this powerful account, Christina Lewis Halpern applies a journalist's eye to her own struggles following the death of her father, the late entrepreneur Reginald F. Lewis, when she was 12.

At the time of his death in 1993, Halpern's father was the r
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Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published January 1st 2012
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SassieFrassie
Jun 18, 2012 SassieFrassie rated it liked it
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Christina Lewis Halpern, a well-educated, wealthy young woman, writes of her struggle to understand her place in the world. Her father was Reginald F. Lewis, the late African-American billionaire. In this short memoir, Halpern often expresses doubt, insecurity and discomfort. She is unsure that she deserves the status and wealth that her father's success affords. She is particularly uncomfortable with the fact that Lewis was admitted to Harvard Law School without making a formal application. ...more
Serenity
Jan 16, 2013 Serenity rated it really liked it
Just because you are privileged doesn't mean life is easy for you.

Ms. Halpern is the daughter of Reginald Lewis who was a visionary way beyond his time. As a Harvard Law graduate, he had access to opportunities that many of us mever know exist. But how he got these opportunities are revealed.

**Spoiler Alert** - As a law school graduate who suffered through taking the LSAT and not performing at my peak my first year, I am in shock of what Christina revealed about Reginald Lewis' academic track a
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Sylvia
Jan 09, 2012 Sylvia rated it liked it
This was a very quick read. It is the story of how Reginald Lewis got into Harvard. At the time of his death he was the richest self-made black billionaire in the USA. I was looking for more substance which was not there. It is written by his daughter who for years questioned her true strengths as they related to affirmative action and favoritism bestowed upon her by being Mr. Lewis’s daughter. I was hoping to read more about how he made his wealth, but that was not addressed in any kind of ...more
Lincoln
Jan 08, 2012 Lincoln rated it it was ok
not well written and while the personal memoir was enjoyable, the message was muddled and the story poorly presented. reads more like snippets from a diary than a composed piece
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The content was very interesting...I had to take off a star because it ended so abruptly. I wanted more!
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Christina is a journalist and essayist whose writing has been published in the New York Times Magazine, The National Catholic Reporter and other publications. She is a former real estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal and a former night cops reporter for The Stamford Advocate. Christina graduated from Harvard College, where she wrote an opinion column for the school newspaper. She lives and ...more
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“I think it's a useful thing for people to know that people who ultimately are extremely successful," like my father, "faced challenges and at varying stages were not No. 1 , or No. 3, or No. 10 or No. 20 for that matter.” 0 likes
“I confess that I have been plagued much of my life by self-doubt over whether I merit my accomplishments.” 0 likes
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