Uncharted Path: The Autobiography of Lee Myung-Bak

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Sourcebooks, Inc., 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Born poor in the wake of the Korean war, Lee Myung-Bak was destined for a life of poverty. But through intelligence and self-determination, he excelled in school, putting himself through college, hauling garbage six times a day to pay for tuition. He then took a low-level job at Hyundai, an organization of about 90 people at the time. Through a relentless work ethic and inability to compromise his beliefs, he rose to the role of CEO and found himself on a mission not just to expand the Hyundai corporation, but to grow South Korea from a nation of poverty to a G20 economy.

The Uncharted Path is the story of a man and nation driven to greatness by a conviction to liberty, commerce, and the belief that at the root of every success lies extreme perseverance and uncompromising principles. These principles and lessons would lead not only to success in business, but also developed a refreshing and unique perspective on the state of our globalizing world, and how nations and businesses must operate together to improve the lives of people everywhere.

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South Korean president Lee's rags-to-riches account of his life within the byzantine world of that nation's business and politics.At the end of the Korean War, both South Korea and 12-year-old Lee ... Read full review


1 The Strength of Poverty
2 Nothing to Hide
3 A BrandNew Person
4 Always Be Honest and Never Lose Courage
5 Construction is Creation
6 For the Company
7 My May Queen
8 A New Era
12 Into the World
13 Unforgettable
14 Something No Ones Ever Done Before
15 Leaving Hyundai
16 Politics
17 A New Beginning
18 Becoming Mayor of Seoul

9 The Rules of the Game
10 Nuclear Power
11 Learning to Work Learning to Live
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About the author (2011)

Lee Myung-bak's election as president of the Republic of Korea in 2007 marked the capstone of a remarkable career for this energetic and visionary leader. Born into poverty in 1941, Lee briefly participated in the student activist movement of 1964 before going on to join the fledgling Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company the next year. Little more than a decade later he had risen to become CEO of what was by then a multinational corporation famous for its construction projects in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. After leaving Hyundai in 1992, Lee served two terms in the Korean National Assembly before being elected mayor of Seoul in 2002. As 10th president of the Republic, he has made "Green Growth" and sustainable development keystones of his administration, and hosted the G20 summit in Seoul in December 2010.

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