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Being Rapoport : capitalist with a conscience

Author: Bernard Rapoport; Don E Carleton
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002.
Series: Focus on American history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Bernard Rapoport has lived the American Dream. Born to Russian Jewish immigrant parents in San Antonio, Texas, in 1917, he grew up in poverty and worked his way through the University of Texas during the Great Depression. In 1951, he founded the American Income Life Insurance Company, which he developed into a multi-million dollar business. Using his wealth to support a host of local, national, and international  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rapoport, Bernard, 1917-
Being Rapoport.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002
(OCoLC)606923549
Named Person: Bernard Rapoport; Bernard Rapoport
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Rapoport; Don E Carleton
ISBN: 0292771177 9780292771178
OCLC Number: 48140780
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Title: Focus on American history series.
Responsibility: as told to Don Carleton ; with an introduction by Bill Moyers.
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Bernard Rapoport has lived the American Dream. Born to Russian Jewish immigrant parents in San Antonio, Texas, in 1917, he grew up in poverty and worked his way through the University of Texas during the Great Depression. In 1951, he founded the American Income Life Insurance Company, which he developed into a multi-million dollar business. Using his wealth to support a host of local, national, and international organizations, Rapoport was named by Fortune magazine as one of America's forty most generous philanthropists, unstinting in his support for education, social justice, and liberal political causes. In this memoir, Rapoport recalls a life of hard work and a philosophy of giving that made him a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. He explains how his early experiences of poverty and his youthful acquaintance with Marxists and New Deal economists shaped him into a capitalist with a conscience. Rapoport goes on to describe his liberal activism as a supporter of Democrats from Ralph Yarborough to Tom Daschle to his good friends Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, an underwriter of the political journal The Texas Observer, a regent of the University of Texas System, a supporter of the state of Israel, and a champion of at-risk students.

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