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The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street, and Beyond

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 8th 2009 by Twelve
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Feb 16, 2016 Vera at LuxuryReading.Com rated it it was amazing
Born to Greek immigrants and raised in Kearney, Nebraska in the 1930's, Peter Petersen learned the meaning of thrift and hard work from his father, who ran a 24-hour diner. From a young age, Peterson practiced his sales skills by selling meal cards to the diner's patrons; he did exceptionally well in his studies and set his sights on something bigger than the small town of Kearney. After a short stint at MIT and figuring out that he was not cut out for engineering, Peterson enrolled at Northwest ...more
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Jun 22, 2009 Bobby rated it liked it
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I thought this was an enlightening read although sometimes hard to read with big-wig, political words that required my full undivided attention just to keep up.

Author Peter G. Peterson seems to be a naturally positive person who's drive has seemed to make an impact on hard, scary issues including none other than the economic future of this great country, The United States.

The beginning and last chapters were by far my favorites as I truly felt I was learning something va
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Holly
Jul 03, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a true American Dream story
Recommended to Holly by: First-Reads
I just finished last night (stayed up way past my bedtime). This was a very good book. I am going to re-read it as I tend to swallow books I enjoy whole in the first reading and sometimes miss the finer details. I will give a more in-depth review later. 4 stars is my first impression. A truely inspiring story and an aptly titled book!
Journeywoman
Jul 08, 2010 Journeywoman rated it really liked it
I'm astonished at how much I enjoyed this book. I had to read it for work and now I'm so glad I did.

This is extremely relevant and full of common sense.
Kenneth Lorence
Jul 29, 2012 Kenneth Lorence rated it it was amazing
This is a great autobiography from Peter Petersen. A good mentor and a very accomplished man.
Neil
Nov 01, 2009 Neil rated it really liked it
Thanks Chris.
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