Just Say Yes: What I've learned About Life, Luck, and the Pursuit of Opportunity

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Whether he's leading a company or leading the call for a better nation, storied New York businessman and philanthropist Bernard Schwartz believes in the power of optimism.

Bernard Schwartz has dined with world leaders, cut a multi billion-dollar deal on the back of a napkin, and led a Fortune 200 corporation. From humble beginnings that saw his family moving regularly from apartment to apartment to take advantage of new lease discounts to his dramatic rise to CEO of a major aerospace innovator, the author's story is a narrative on the importance of character, intelligence, and a lot of good luck. In a time when stories about corrupt CEOs and unethical banking practices flood the news, Schwartz offers the notion that doing the right thing is a more rewarding road to accomplishment, and that when applied for immoral purposes even the sharpest skills will likely lead to a fall.

As Americans today await the return of economic stability and politicians wage battle over the future of government programs, opportunity seems out of reach. But Schwartz, who grew up in Depression-era Brooklyn, believes that there are steps we can take as a nation to bring about a recovery and even growth. As a child, he watched men dress for work each day whether they held a job or not. He remembers the widespread deprivation that filled everyday scenes and the streets with breadlines. But he also recalls a hopeful people; a citizenry united in the pursuit of education, homeownership, proprietorship, and community improvement. Today, he champions investments in job creation, infrastructure, technology, and innovation as the means to get us back on track. With measured insight on the role the federal government can play in creating pathways to prosperity, the author discusses how the United States can again be a land of opportunity for all.

In this inspiring example of a life well lived, Bernard Schwartz invites readers to look at their own opportunities, their own ideas, and even their fellow Americans and Just Say Yes.

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Bernard L. Schwartz is an investor, a retired industrialist, a progressive public policy advocate and a philanthropist. For thirty-four years he served as chairman and CEO of Loral Corporation and its successor company Loral Space & Communications. Loral, a Fortune 200 defense electronics firm, achieved revenues of nearly $7.5 billion and employed 38,000 people at its height. Mr. Schwartz also formed and served as CEO of K & F Industries and Globalstar Telecommunications. He is currently chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm, and also manages the investments of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation. The foundation invests in think tanks, universities, and advocacy organizations, specifically targeting programs that develop policies focusing on US economic growth and job creation initiatives. It also supports institutes of higher education, medical research, and New York City based cultural organizations. Mr. Schwartz and his wife Irene are lifelong Democrats and active supporters of the Democratic Party. They were born in Brooklyn and have resided in New York City all of their lives.

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''For decades, Bernard Schwartz has used the rewards of his hard work to try to give others the same chances that he had to build a good life. In a time when too many people subscribe to a winner-take-all mentality, he reminds us that broadly shared growth is better for all of us. In this book, he argues that to remain competitive in the twenty-first century, America's public and private sectors must work together to build a modern infrastructure--and that these projects must be considered investments rather than expenditures. After a remarkable business career, he has become one of our finest public citizens. I often seek his advice; America would be better off if we take it.'' --President William Jefferson Clinton

''In this age of lowered expectations, Bernard Schwartz's message of optimism and opportunity could not be more timely, and there couldn't be a more credible messenger.'' --Michael Lind, author of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States

''Among the people who regularly did business with the military, no one had a better reputation for honesty and fairness than Bernard Schwartz.'' --Colin Powell, retired four-star general, U.S. Army, and former Secretary of State

'''Cool.' That's the word I think of when I think of Bernard Schwartz. He's one of the coolest negotiators I've ever seen. And he's cool because he's smart, he's done his homework, he knows what things are worth in the long run. Others think only in the short term. Bernard may be sitting there, talking about today, but his vision is far down the road.'' --Felix Rohatyn, investment banker, Lazard Freres

''Bernard doesn't operate out of a fear of failure, but out of confidence in his ultimate success. I didn't know him very well when we first talked about Globalstar, but after he explained his idea to me, I thought, 'This fellow is more than a little bright.''' --Irwin Jacobs, founding Chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm

''Bernard's gratefulness for what this country has given him has translated into a passion for history, and it has made him a classic patriot. Have you noticed the little American flag on his lapel? He's a liberal-leaning intellectual who wears that pin proudly.'' --Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society

''Bernard probably knows as much about what America needs to do to create jobs that will support a family as anybody--because he's done it. He's not a banker. He's not an academic that works in a think tank. He's not a politician. He s a businessman. He makes things. He has built jobs through a combination of great business expertise, entrepreneurialism, and intellect. And, he shares the success and the wealth with the people that participate with him. He's unselfish that way.'' --Senator Bob Kerrey

''I've known and admired Bernard for more than twenty years. Every time we talk, I learn something new. Bernard is always focused on solutions. He doesn't just complain about a problem or hope someone else will fix it. He takes a stand and actually gets things done. He brings the breadth and depth of his practical business experience, and his unsurpassed record of success, to every project. Bernard is a true patriot. He loves America and is grateful for all this country has given him. In my family we have an expression, 'Let's get caught trying.' Bernard subscribes to that same philosophy. And we're all better off because Bernard gets caught trying, doing, fixing, and solving.'' --Hillary Rodham Clinton

''Bernard Schwartz is one of the legends in our industry. That spirit of entrepreneurship he brought to Loral was a sign of his wisdom as a businessman and one secret of the company s success.'' -- --Norman Augustine, former Under Secretary of the Army and retired CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation

Written in an engaging and conversational style, this memoir outlines the details of a full and successful business career. In many ways, Schwartz's life story reads as a portrayal of an archetypical example of a member of the ''Greatest Generation,'' albeit an extraordinarily successful one. Born in the 1920s in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the author served in World War II and attended college on the GI Bill. He started on the corporate ladder as an accountant and became known for his skill in taking companies public. Schwartz went on to head several major businesses, most notably Loral Corporation, a defense contractor, which he later transformed into Loral Space & Communications. Schwartz is a lifelong Democrat and member of the Democratic Leadership Council, and his ongoing association with Bill and Hillary Clinton is mentioned throughout the book, as are his ties to other prominent businesspeople and politicians with whom he has worked and socialized. The author remains strongly engaged in philanthropy and policy through his Schwartz Center for Economic Policy in New York City. Family photographs and personal details add a human touch to a captain of industry. Verdict: This combination corporate success story and autobiography is a solid purchase for libraries where such titles are of interest. ----Library Journal

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