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Eight Dollars and a Dream: My American Journey

Raj Gupta with Syd Havely, Lulu Publishing Services, Raleigh, NC, $13.24, 256 pages, March 2016, ISBN: 978-1-483-44756-8


This is a modern rags-to-riches story of an Indian immigrant who came to the U.S. — at age 22, with $8 and a mechanical engineering degree from the elite Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) — and found great personal and professional success. Raj Gupta accepted an entry-level position at the specialty chemical company Rohm and Haas, and after 30 years of hard work and seizing opportunities, was named chairman and CEO — making him the first foreign-born executive and person of color to lead the century-old company.

The author is candid about both his career and the lessons he learned along the way. He describes how family, mentors, and other leaders transformed him and how he harnessed their impact on him to change his life. This personal success story of an Indian-American businessman serves to inspire readers to break barriers and overcome social constructs and financial hurdles with dignity and integrity...


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