- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: One World/Ballantine (April 30 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345452291
- ISBN-13: 978-0345452290
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,110,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
No Free Lunch: One Man's Journey from Welfare to the American Dream Hardcover – Apr 30 2002
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From Library Journal
Ghetto-born Carroll managed to parlay part-time work at UPS into a career, then helped launch the company's Welfare to Work project. Now he's CEO.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Rodney Carroll is President and CEO of The Welfare to Work Partnership. He lives in Mitchellville, Maryland.
Gary Karton, a former Washington Post reporter, was the Director of Special Projects for the Welfare To Work Partnership. He now writes for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Top Customer Reviews
While reading the book, you feel like you are right with him. For example, he describes the story of his first day of work where he isn't trained and makes significant mistakes. He leaves the rollers in the truck, fails to sort the packages, and comes close to losing his job. He doesn't hesitate to tell the reader about weaknesses- giving you a sense he is a well-rounded real person willing to share of himself.
This book also avoids many of the cliches and unreality of the typical "rags to riches" autobiography. For example, he speaks of two times in his life where he basically gives up and becomes apathetic. At one point in high school, his counselor tells him that he is not smart enough to go to college. He internalizes that message and partially believes it. He flirts with gang activity and drug dealing. He also gets turned down for promotions at United Parcel Service and makes the decision that many people make in that circumstance- to do his job, but not try to do more.
In each of these cases, he gets his ambition back and his life on track. A friend of his tells him about the Basic Educational Opportunty Grant which he uses to get his tuition paid. And, he is promoted at UPS four years later to be a division manager at the Lawnsdale Hub.
We are spared the usual impression of a person who remains totally determined and courageous under all circumstances.Read more ›
One of Rodney Carroll's greatest aspects is his commitment to his very own thoughts and thus, speaking his mind. He doesn't necessarily say what America's majority want to hear. That is why he is so phenomenal, so involved. His urgency in helping America's welfare recipients create themselves a better future, oppressed people world-wide; and his logical prioritising of human rights before civil rights, are evidential of his deep complex understanding of human nature.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I thought this was an awesome book explaining Rodney Carroll's life and way to becoming a person who is very successful. Read morePublished on May 22 2003
I also could not put this book down. I began it on a plane flight and was almost hoping for a delay in the air so that I could keep reading it. I read it in about 3 days. Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Rebecca R Throop
Mr. Carrolls' story is one of triumph and inspiration. I laughed and I cried. At one point I just wanted to give him a great big hug. Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Amazon Customer