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No Free Lunch: One Man's Journey from Welfare to the American Dream Hardcover – Apr 30 2002

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Product Details

  • 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,001,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Rodney J. Carroll, the author, describes being raised by a neglectful mother in a poverty-stricken area, his pitfalls and prmotions within United Parcel Service, his pilot project which showed UPS the work potential of people on welfare and his experience standing on the podium with the President of the United States.
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.
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Awesome - I believe that Rodney, in the course of his remarkable career, has indeed changed our world for the better with his compassion and belief. I also truly believe this book should be a mandatory read in all high schools and colleges. It gives much food for thought, including the responsibility each of us has to help address and solve the welfare problem Corporate America is living today. Most of us know little about the demeaning lives the people on welfare are forced to live, or the almost impossible task of improving their lives and Rodney, through his telling of his own experiences exposes the readers to their plight. I found this book an endless source of inspiration for me as a pacifist and believer in justice and equality for all. Rodney's skillful representation of welfare today reminds me of the unforgettable words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King where he prophetically penned: "We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance...... We cannot have a nation orderly and sound with one group so ground down and thwarted that it is almost forced into unsocial attitudes and crime". Like Dr. King, Rodney has forever altered the consciousness of America, like Dr. King, Rodney understands that love of God and love of ourselves are the necessary first steps on the road to freedom.
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.
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Rodney's book has sparked interest and attention. When one reads the book : you might wonder how could Rodney rise above his surroundings and overcome his roadblocks ? Well knowing Rodney for a number of years ; I've noticed that Rodney doesn't see roadblocks and has never fell victim to any of his apparently tough surroundings. He's a remarkable man with a gift. Everyone that has the opportunity to meet and share with him will notice this. He his :what success is meant to be. Rodney will enjoy tremenedous success because he always tries to share his good fortune.He truly believes that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. His calling is to make others great and he will never fail. I'm priviledged to know Rodney and call him friend.Rodney is a big man with a big mission-and anyone anywhere who can fellowship with him will leave inspired.Any corporation that has him will definitely excel.Any person that has Rodney as a friend is definitely blessed. Oprah,Tom Joyner,Tony Brown, and Rev Gray showcase this man.
...............Wes Southall
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"No Free Lunch" is an exceptionally well-written, brilliantly-told story of a child's strong will, faith, determination, and never-ending dreams. It chronicles how a grandmother's love, patience and christian beliefs guided him along the path from abused child and welfare recipient, to accomplished adult. It is the story of the evolution and motivation of a man who, regardless of his obstacles, strives to remember where he came from by reaching out to others. Each chapter develops a different time, story and emotion. By the time you turn the last page, your heart will be captured and you will be transported back in time to recall a special person or people who may have influenced you and allowed you to dream of a better life. This story is inspiring and reminds us of the importance of faith, hard work, the belief in self and others.
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