"I have read many books on ′leadership.′ Joe Grano′s You Can′t Predict a Hero is, quite simply, the best by far. This is a terrific book, for the story it tells, for the lessons it teaches, and for the solutions it offers. I recommend it highly."
George Pataki, former governor of New York
"Whatever the challenge the market crash of ′87, the LTCM (Long–Term Capital Management) crisis, 9/11 Joe Grano is a natural–born leader and he takes charge."
Richard Grasso, former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange
"The first time we didn′t listen to Joe′s advice was the last time we didn′t listen to Joe′s advice. Joe Grano is a believer, a patriot, and above all, a great friend."
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio
"Joe Grano′s leadership skills were proven in Vietnam. He was simply the best. He′s a recognized warrior, not only in combat but in the boardroom as well. Joe is a true Special Forces soldier."
Lewis C. Merletti, director (retired), United States Secret Service, 5th Special Forces Group Vietnam 1969 1970
Foreword by Lee Iacocca xi
1 LEADERS: ARE THEY BORN OR MADE? 3
2 PROBLEMS REQUIRE SOLUTIONS 21
3 BE THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST 51
4 RECONCILE YOURSELF TO SELFISHNESS 69
5 YOU CAN T PREDICT A HERO 89
6 THE TRUTH IS NEVER WRONG 101
7 HUMANITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIERARCHY 117
8 SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 143
9 CAN A LEADER PROSPER WITHOUT A MISTRESS? 163
10 QUEEN FOR A DAY 175
Epilogue: Reach, Lift, and Embrace 199
About the Authors 207
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Mark Levine has written and collaborated on more than thirty books, including the bestsellers Second Acts, Die Broke, and Lifescripts, as well as hundreds of magazine articles. He lives in Ithaca, New York.