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A hand to guide me : legends and leaders celebrate the people who have shaped their lives

by Denzel Washington; Daniel Paisner;

  Print book : Biography  |  1st ed

A Great Book on Mentorship   (2007-01-25)

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by jayw2250

Don't be fooled by the cover photograph of Denzel Washington. A Hand to Guide Me is not his autobiography. While Washington does pen the introduction and does include his own personal story about the mentors that helped to shape his life, A Hand to Guide Me is actually a collection of short stories by a good number of political, sports, business, military, and entertainment "leaders" including: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Muhammad Ali, Cal Ripken, Jr., Yogi Berra, Michael Vick, Gloria Steinem, Whoopi Goldberg, and Danny Glover. Each of the 70 or so leaders offers a two or three page overview on the impact that certain mentors, teachers, coaches, peers, or family members had on their formative years. Each story is unique. Most are very well written and interesting. Some just make you sit up in your chair and say wow. I particularly enjoyed WNBA basketball player Swin Cash's story about her Paps (a gentleman named Robert Gallagher) and television journalist Bernard Shaw's recount of meeting his idol and influence Walter Cronkite early in his career. I recommend A Hand to Guide Me. It is an enjoyable read. I also urge you to find those special mentors that have had an impact on your life and tell them just how special they are and how their touch has shaped your life.

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