You Can't Go Wrong Doing Right: How a Child of Poverty Rose to the White House and Helped Change the World (Hardcover)
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An unforgettable account of a quietly remarkable life, Robert Brown's memoir takes readers behind the scenes of pivotal moments from the 20th century, where the lessons he learned at his grandmother's knee helped him shape America as we know it today.
Called "a world-class power broker" by the Washington Post, Robert Brown has been a sought-after counselor for an impressive array of the famous and powerful, including every American president since John F. Kennedy. But as a child born into poverty in the 1930s, Robert was raised by his grandmother to think differently about success. For example, "The best way to influence others is to be helpful," she told him. And, "You can’t go wrong by doing right."
Fueled by these lessons on humble, principled service, Brown went on to play a pivotal, mostly unseen role alongside the great and the powerful of our time: trailing the mob in 1950s Harlem with a young Robert F. Kennedy; helping the white corporate leadership at Woolworth integrate their lunch counters; channeling money from American businesses to the Civil Rights movement; accompanying Coretta Scott King, at her request, to Memphis the day after her husband had been shot; advising Richard Nixon on how to support black entrepreneurship; becoming the only person allowed to visit Nelson Mandela in Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town.
Full of unbelievable moments and reminders that the path to influence runs through a life of generosity, YOU CAN'T GO WRONG DOING RIGHT blends a heartwarming, historically fascinating account with memorable lessons that will speak to the dreamer in all of us.
About the Author
Robert Brown is CEO and founder of B&C International, a global management consulting firm, and founder of the International BookSmart Foundation, a nonprofit that to date has shipped over 5 million books to over 300 libraries in Africa. A trusted advisor to some of the most influential individuals, corporations and movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, Brown advised and raised money for the late Martin Luther King, Jr., and was contracted by companies like F.W. Woolworth Corporation, A&P Supermarkets, and Wrangler to handle corporate communications during pivotal moments of the civil rights movement. Later, as a special assistant to President Richard Nixon, he was credited with starting and developing the U. S. Minority Enterprise Program, which brought millions of dollars in support to black-owned businesses.
“In the pages of You Can’t Go Wrong Doing Right, Robert Brown takes us on a journey through history and time to experience the challenges and triumphs that left an indelible mark on his life and the remarkable lessons learned along the way. His praying grandmother instilled in him the values that prepared him for an exhilarating life she could’ve never imagined. You will laugh, cry and be inspired as you relive the stories told through his first-hand account.”
-T.D. Jakes, bestselling author of Soar! and Destiny
“A memoir from one of the most understated yet pivotal players in the history of American civil rights . . . A humble and timely book that speaks to an era of sweeping change and a reminder that faith and love are two of the best weapons to counter hatred.”
“Bob Brown is a civil rights icon and a legend in American history. His story is inspiring and crosses all political aisles. I will always be grateful for his friendship and advisement. I admire his selfless commitment for the betterment of this world.”
-Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush
“You can't go wrong by reading this first-person account of how the wisdom of a slave's daughter transformed our world through the leadership of her grandson, Robert J. Brown. You Can't Go Wrong Doing Right, Robert shares his amazing experience of serving alongside leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Richard Nixon to advance civil rights in United States and globally.”
-David L. Steward, founder and chairman of World Wide Technology and Kingdom Capital, author of Doing Business by the Good Book
“Brown reminds us that there really are only three things that ultimately matter in life: relationships, experiences, and memories. And he is a builder of all three.”
-Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, former chairman of the American Red Cross
“Bob Brown is a hero, model, and mentor to millions around the world. His life story is a testimony to the extraordinary influence and impact of a leader who commits all his resources to helping others. This book will touch your heart, inspire your soul, and nourish your mind. It’s a treasure “
-Nido R. Qubein, president of High Point University