Ron Brown: An Uncommon Life

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Wiley, Jan 12, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
Who was Ron Brown? Washington lawyer, secretary of Commerce, presidential king maker, deal maker, maverick, icon–one of the most intriguing and complex personalities of the twentieth century. He broke every stereotype of race and class and mastered the art of winning.

With bold and incisive reporting, New York Times journalist Steven A. Holmes captures the lessons of Ron Brown’s life and reveals not only who he was but how he arrived at the center of power.

"Steve Holmes opens rich vistas into American politics and the sociology of black America."–Juan Williams, author, Eyes on the Prize and Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary

"Admiring yet unsparing, Holmes charts the rising trajectory of a world-class deal-broker."–Kirkus Reviews

"A fascinating read. Holmes has captured Brown in the crosshairs of two worlds: one of the black middle class that comes of age in his generation and another at the heart of power in white-run Washington."–Sam Fulwood III, author, Waking from the Dream

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Admiring yet unsparing, Holmes (New York Times chief race-relations reporter) charts the rising trajectory of a world-class deal-broker.The only child of educated parents, Brown's fortunate boyhood ... Read full review

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Four Generations 18941958
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THREE Twilights School
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FOUR The Army
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STEVEN A. HOLMES is the chief race relations reporter for the New York Times. He has covered race and politics for the Times. Prior to joining the Times, he was a reporter for Time magazine, where he covered Congress, the Supreme Court, and foreign policy. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

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