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Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A compelling biography of one of America's first African-American entrepreneurs and millionaires details the life and times of this grandson of slaves, born into poverty in the late-nineteenth-century South, who built a business empire based on insurance,..Title: .Black Titan..Author: .Jenkins, Carol/ Hines, Elizabeth Gardner..Publisher: .Random House Inc..Publication Date ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by One World/Ballantine (first published December 30th 2003)
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Gareth  Cuddy
In this candid biography, written by his niece and great-niece, Gastons life is recounted alongside the story of a changing America. Born in 1896, Gaston lived until he was 103, his life spanning eras of incredible change in the country he deeply loved even though,despite his wealth and invitations to the White House, he had to use the doors marked "Niggers/Freight" for most of his life.
This book proved to be an exceptionally easy and rewarding read. set against the dramatic backdrop of virulen
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Joel
Sep 05, 2007 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Birminghamians, business people, students of African American history
At one time labeled a "Super-Uncle Tom" by Fred Shuttlesworth, A.G. Gaston was the exemplar of the Booker T. Washington philosophy of black empowerment. Raised by a mother who used her inherited talents as a cook to escape the virtual slavery of share-cropping, Gaston capitalized on his tenth-grade education to build an empire of businesses valued at $120 million when he retired. This biography, written by his niece and grandniece, chronicles Gaston's use of thrift, native business acumen, and r ...more
Cecil
I read this because A G Gaston is from Demopolis and I have heard his name all my life, but knew little about him. He was a Titan - he had a 10th grade education and became a billionaire because of his 10 principles of business. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the business profession.
Lydell
A business bio written by family members can have its pluses and minuses. On the one hand, the authors have access to oral histories and personal documents that can shed meaningful insight on the subject. Yet family alliances can weaken a biography in the form of self-censorship.
Mikey
What a great inspiration. This book should be required reading for everyone in the United States. This book is about A. G. Gaston's working life. The grandson of former slaves built an enormous empire through a time period when Negroes were on the bottom rung in America.
William
This piece of history about a man who all but financed the Civil Rights go largely unknown. His place as one of America's greatest business minds is under appreciated.
Kevin Dorival
A.G. Gaston inspired me to think BIG! This guy was hustling sandwiches on his lunch break and years later became a multi-millionaire! Phenomenal!
Michael Thomas
Great story with some key historical value.
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