Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown's Investing and Life by Eddie Brown

By Eddie Brown

Beating the Odds is the unbelievable, inspiring autobiography of economic guru Eddie C. Brown, one of many nation's most sensible inventory pickers and cash managers. It info how Brown skillfully saved Brown Capital administration afloat in the course of the dot-com bust, Sept. 11 and the good Recession. Born to a 13-year-old unwed mom within the rural South, this African-American funding whiz created a Baltimore-based monetary company that gathered greater than $6 Billion lower than management.

Brown delves into the profound heartbreak and disorientation upon the loss of life of his cherished grandmother – who used to be his surrogate mom -- and recounts how Brown's moonshine-running Uncle Jake consequently grew to become the dominant grownup determine in Brown's existence. His unflinchingly sincere, easy-to-read memoir info how highbrow interest, abiding self-belief, exertions and divine windfall helped Brown earn an electric engineering measure, develop into a military officer, and later a civilian IBM engineer. Readers will study of the strife that ensued whilst Brown give up IBM to earn an MBA, resulting in funding jobs that ready him to begin his personal cash administration corporation in 1983.

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Little Calvin probably thinks I’m joking around, but I couldn’t be more serious. I’ve been an only child my entire life and have no burning desire to suddenly share the spotlight with the goofball offspring of my mother’s detestable boyfriend. At least Calvin Jr. has a more outgo­ing, high-energy persona than his father, which isn’t saying much since a loaf of bread exudes more charisma and magnetism than Calvin.

Even though I’ve taken this curve much faster, I ease out of the throttle for Monkey’s sake. Can’t afford to rile up the main laborer for my little money-making ventures around town. “Uncle Jake paid off Apopka’s police force,” I note matter-of-factly. ” Nor am I worried about being accosted by rival moonshiners, or the black gamblers and ruffians who flock to Apopka from neighboring central Florida towns every weekend. Uncle Jake is a legend around these parts, a womanizer who could sweet talk the fur coat off a raccoon, as the saying goes.

About two years earlier, she began trying to have more contact with me, because we were basically strangers. So I spent most of the previous two summers with her in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she lives. Looks like this is going to be the third summer in a row I’ll be spending time in Allentown. The sun isn’t up yet and it’s already 80 degrees on July 3, 1955, as I leave for Allentown in a car driven by Uncle Jake. Grandma, who’s never been to Allentown, is accompanying us. Uncle Jake’s driving his Chrysler family sedan, instead of one of his 12 hopped-up moonshine runners, which are too loud, uncomfortable, and way too fast for the business at hand.

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