Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir

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PublicAffairs, Jun 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

 

As a young college student in Atlanta, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. had a summer job driving a white banker around town. During the man’s post-luncheon siestas, Jordan passed the time reading books, a fact that astounded his boss. “Vernon can read!” the man exclaimed to his relatives. Nearly fifty years later, Vernon Jordan, now a senior executive at Lazard Freres, long-time civil rights leader, adviser and close friend to presidents and business leaders and one of the most charismatic figures in America, has written an unforgettable book about his life and times.

                The story of Vernon Jordan’s life encompasses the sweeping struggles, changes, and dangers of African-American life in the civil rights revolution of the second half of the twentieth century.

 

 

 

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Great read. Follows the amazing American success story of the career of Vernon Jordan, from his family influences as a black child of the south, to driving a white Atlanta banker around as a summer ... Read full review

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Many will remember Jordan as a close friend of former president Bill Clinton who tried to help intern Monica Lewinsky get a job after she left the White House. Few will note that he was the Georgia ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER 1
13
CHAPTER 2
36
CHAPTER 3
68
CHAPTER 4
95
CHAPTER 5
108
CHAPTER 6
126
CHAPTER 7
144
CHAPTER 10
208
CHAPTER 11
228
CHAPTER 12
249
CHAPTER 13
279
CHAPTER 14
301
CHAPTER 15
317
EPILOGUE
331
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
335

CHAPTER 8
166
CHAPTER 9
191

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About the author (2009)

Annette Gordon-Reed grew up in east Texas. She majored in History at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1981, and then attended Harvard Law School. Gordon-Reed worked as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and was Counsel to the New York City Board of Corrections before becoming a professor of law at New York Law School in 1992. Gordon-Reed wrote the book Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy after first becoming interested in the president as a child. She co-authored Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir and wrote Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History. Gordon-Reed is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hemingses of Monticello.

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