A Global Life: My Journey among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank

James D. Wolfensohn, PublicAffairs, $29.95 (480p) ISBN 9781586482558
Now 76 years old, Wolfensohn (Voice of the World's Poor) has had a rich and varied life as an investment banker, chairman of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, head of the World Bank, and finally advocate of peace as special envoy to the Middle East. The first third of the book is devoted to a fascinating chronicle of his early life growing up in a close-knit, middle-class Jewish family. His parents, who emigrated from Britain to Australia, faced tough financial times during the Great Depression and over-coddled the young Wolfensohn, expecting him to excel. Though he nearly flunked out of Sidney University, he ultimately earned a law degree and went on to receive an MBA at Harvard and become a U.S. citizen. He writes candidly of the mistakes he made during his long and successful career and the lessons they taught him. Married to his college sweetheart, with three children, he claims that the idea of writing this book, "grew out of a desire to leaveā€¦ a record of the events that shaped me" for his adult children, and in the hope that younger readers might be encouraged to "follow at least some part of the path [he has] taken." (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/18/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Open Ebook - 481 pages - 978-1-58648-993-9
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