A Life in Leadership: From D-Day to Ground Zero

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Basic Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 281 pages
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John Whitehead began life in Montclair, New Jersey, as a child of the Depression and went on to lead an exemplary life in the years of the Greatest Generation. In this intimate, charming autobiography, he shares his stories and the lessons he s learned about quiet leadership.He describes how on D-Day he commanded one of the landing crafts at Omaha Beach, and witnessed one of the greatest battles in American military history. Later, in his role as co-chair of Goldman Sachs, he was one of the pioneers of the globalization of international finance that was to change the face of American business. In 1985, Whitehead was appointed Deputy Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and became the architect of the Reagan administration s successful efforts to wean the countries of Eastern Europe from the Soviet Union and to open up space there for the democratic movements that eventually resulted in the fall of the Berlin Wall.Most recently, he was appointed by New York Governor George Pataki as Chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is charged with the task of rebuilding Ground Zero. Whitehead provides a first-hand account of the difficult decisions the LMDC has made in meeting its goals of re-developing lower Manhattan and honoring the victims of 9/11 as the capstone of his remarkable career."
 

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In November 2001, New York's Governor Pataki asked Whitehead to head up the Lower Manhattan Development Council. Although Whitehead reports that he was initially reluctant to take the job-he had just ... Read full review

Contents

Governor Pataki on the Line
1
A Mischievous Youth
11
Haverford College via the Great White Way
23
Off to War
35
The Run to Dog Red Beach
45
All Hands on Deck
57
A Pair of Big Decisions
67
A Desk in the Squash Court
75
Presidential Mission to the Eastern Bloc
155
Mr StepbyStep
161
Wars of Words with Two Dictators
173
Tripoli
187
I hate to disagree with my President but
195
The Lollapalooza of Wauwatosa
205
Freedom Fighter
209
International Man
219

Sidney
91
NewBusiness Man
99
The Two Johns
113
The First Truly International Investment Banking Firm
119
Troubles at Home
133
Have You Told Him Yet?
137
Emergency Diplomat
149
The New York Fed
227
How to Run a Nonprofit
239
Impressionists and Devils
253
A Vision for Ground Zero
261
Quiet Leadership
275
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John C. Whitehead is currently chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and resides in New York City.

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