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Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Black Classic Press (first published 1994)
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Before there was Oprah there was Reginald F. Lewis. So who is Reginald F. Lewis? Wall Street lawyer and financier who in 1987, achieved what many thought was an impossible feat. At that time, "the billion-dollar LBO (leveraged buyout) of Beatrice International Foods was the largest offshore leveraged buyout ever pulled off." Retold in a semi-autobiographical format, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? - How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire by Reginald F. Lewis and Blai ...more
Shavon
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I finally read Reginald Lewis biography after I met his biographer a few weeks ago. As a black woman who did her undergraduate work at an HBCU, I am disappointed that his story and accomplishments were not part of the curriculum. Now for the review: the book is well-written, thoroughly researched, and balanced in the treatment of Mr. Lewis' favorable and unfavorable attributes. That is what I like to see in biography (which incidentally is my favorite genre) - a complete picture of a flawed yet ...more
Sherreka Burton
Pro-black (from a Pan-African standpoint, mind you) multi-millionaire is an oxymoron; it seems as though you can’t be one and the same. I’m slowly becoming disillusioned by this capitalistic structure that is being established around the globe. Reginald F. Lewis was a good business man and he had two great feats that led to his epic status. This is not to say that the two deals were overnight successes, because they weren’t. Lewis worked hard for his eventually high-dollar pay days. I felt he wa ...more
DW
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to DW by: Shane Thomas
Inspiring doesn't even begin to describe this book. However, I am so struck by his life story I can hardly say more than that. You've got to read it for yourself. I read a copy belonging to a friend and I really need to purchase my own, for re-reading and for posterity sake. Here is a man who was accepted to Harvard University without ever having completed an admittance application. Now he has a building there named after him; The Reginald F. Lewis International Law Center. The books title is de ...more
Tonya
Feb 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't rate this book without considering the writing (not great), clinical approach, and apparent bias. HOWEVER, the subject of the book was no doubt an extraordinary force and businessman. He truly understood his own power and how to focus it. Reading this book definitely makes it a bit harder to come up with excuses.
Antoine LJ
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Face it, for years American business was dominated by one type of person. In the 80's, Reginald Lewis, with all of his unbridled ambition, had enough moxie to think he could play the game of business at the level of American titans too. He also had enough passion to win at it.
Gregory
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a good book. As you read this book, you understand Mr. Lewis and how he had built a billion dollar empire. I don't want to give away the entire book. You must read it for yourself.
Brandon Weedon
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great man Great book

This is a testament of the African American Dream. I now have a new role model after reading this book....
Tony Smith
AWESOME, one of my favorite all time reads
Ken Josef
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read.
Godfrey
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I aspire to be exactly like Reg Lewis, as he comes across as more mercurial and demanding of his subordinates than I’d like to be. I am though very happy he existed and enjoyed the fruits of his immense labors. His focus and fearlessness in life and commitment to social justice and racial equality were admirable as was his tenacity and willingness to be himself. He did his best to break racist stereotypes of what it takes and means to be successful and black not only in America but ...more
Leila
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by my brother who is in law school. Prior to reading it, I never heard of Reginald Lewis, who was a success American business mogul (millionaire/billionaire) of the 80s. I really enjoyed reading the first half of the book about Reginald Lewis' upbringing in Baltimore, MD (close to where I live). Lewis was a peculiar child/teen and super serious adult so I found some of his habits, antics, and social bondings as described in the book comical. As the book delve into ...more
Shalon Montgomery
This feels like a fluff piece. I don't believe Reginald F. Lewis is the author of this book. It might even state that somewhere in the literature and I just missed it. To me his contribution is the plethora of excerpts. Whomever never ventures into Lewis's gray areas while hinting they are there. They just prance over them.

Putting that aside, this book has several section worth dissecting and interpreting. Just to put some out there are his complex business dealings and the large number of succ
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Loveteiab
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EVERYONE should learn about Reginald Lewis and I’m quite upset I loved 30 plus years of my life and just learned of his legacy. The book was encouraging because it goes to show you don’t have to be the best or the smartest but with a discipline and a strong work ethic you can go far in life. My only dislike in this book that could also serve as a plus... The people interviewed to create the book either loved him or hated him so we didn’t know Reginald side, he wasn’t alive to defend himself or t ...more
Devin J. Davis
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, a PHENOMENAL man! Inspirational much as a black KAPPA man seeking success, wealth, and much more; tangible and intangible. This book describes a real achiever and a prime example of always moving forward despite the adversity that you may encounter. A forever role-model in my eyes, this book left a impression on me as if I knew Lewis personally. A recommendation for anyone dedicated to learning about a great MAN creating his own financial independence.
Kwame Som-Pimpong
Fantastic window into Reginald Lewis' life and approach to business. Took away a bunch of lessons.
Ana
Meh! I had high hopes for this book, but I found it to be poorly- written. I couldn’t get through the first few pages.
Raynelle Grace
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book wasn't "a fun" read, it definitely CHANGED MY LIFE! Reginald Lewis was not raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he allowed his passion and hunger to succeed fuel his ascent to billionaire status. Along the way, there were certainly plenty of folks (especially his peers) who did not support him; but, he focused on his goals, and achieved them nonetheless. Although I never had the chance to meet him, Reginald Lewis is certainly one of my newfound mentors. I'm using his succ ...more
primokush
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an innovative, passionate, and highly motivated entrepreneur, so I read this book to gleam some insight into the life and successes of Reginald F. Lewis. Today, I accept myself, but learn that I can grown more successful by absorbing the valuable lessons of his existence. I thank god, for creating such a sublime model for me to follow into Venture Capital. I concur with this quote from Bill Cosby about Lewis: "Reggie Lewis is to me, not was, is to me what Joe Louis is to me. What Jackie Rob ...more
Julius Evans
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only have I read this book twice, (one of three books I have reread from cover to cover), but I have also gifted this book to several people. I also encourage it as a must read. If you have ever been told that you can't do something, this will provide the encouragement of one of my favorite sayings: No doesn't mean no, it just means not right now. There are two books that I always encourage people to read. This is one of them. The other is The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

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Terrell
I know the book sounds a little racy, but this book personifies the attitude that an African American Man has to have when it comes to building a Billion Dollar Business. I learned that Reginald Lewis had to step back twice and reorganize his plan before he moved forward with the purchase of McCall Patterns, the JV Agreement with Brook Shields, and his relationship with the Junk Bond King. This was done in the 70's and 80's without a Black President... what can we do now?
Candelaria Silva
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-biography
Mr. Lewis was the first Black billionaire I believe and quite a business leader. He made substantial gift to Harvard University. His life was cut unfortunately short by brain cancer. When he died, there was some theorizing that his heavy use of cellphones was to blame.
His wife has carried on his legacy and created scholarships in his honor and a few other iniatives.
Deshawn Jones
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an HBCU graduate (NSU) and fellow Nupe, I enjoyed this read. Bro Lewis' dedication, boldness, and courage to exceed the normality in all aspects of his career is definitely something to look up to.
Shirley
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read.
Paul Brunson
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite!
Fawaz Ghanem
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read
Shavar Ross
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Changed my way of thinking about business in a lot of ways.
Yohance
Inspirational and moving, a true pioneer of his time for African American students of business. Definitely a book that I will revisit from time to time.
Stanley Griggs
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reginald F. Lewis - Catalyst of motivation to achieve.
Tommy T.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a "game changer" in my life!
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