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John H. Johnson, the remarkable entrepreneur who founded the Ebony publishing empire, tells the story of his success. The wealthiest African-American in the US today, Johnson shares his rags to riches saga, from the many obstacles that confronted him to his ultimate triumph.

©1989 John H. Johnson (P)1989 Dove Audio, Inc.

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John Johnson & Lerone Bennett = Great Team

What did you love best about Succeeding Against the Odds?

"Succeeding Against the Odds" by John Johnson is one of my favorite books. I've re-read the print version several times over the years. It was exciting to learn that an audio version was available, read by the historian Lerone Bennett.

What other book might you compare Succeeding Against the Odds to and why?

"Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. Johnson references this book in his autobiography. The two books complement each other well because each is about achieving goals in the face of adversity.

Which scene was your favorite?

Johnson's decision to train his daughter, Linda, to take over the family business. Longevity is beautiful.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How one man faced adversity and won.

Any additional comments?

Great move having this available, Audible.com!

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  • Tokunbo
  • Genthod, Switzerland
  • 03-12-15

Awesome

I am glad I listened to this book in one sitting......Nothing can stop a dream whose time has come to"

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  • Almond
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 12-13-08

Words Of Wisdom

Mr. John H. Johnson, the founding father of Negro Digest turned Johnson Publishing whose publications include Ebony and Jet including Fashion Fair Cosmetics, speaks eternal words of wisdom that may be applied by any entrepreneur or business man or woman.

You will agree that this audio book is very genuine in content. My opinion is it was created as a testimony to tell of the speaker's journey from poverty to wealth not to sell its written version.

Just as Mr. Johnson died, the audio book Succeeding Against The Odds is rich with the drama of Mr. Johnson's journey with very little comedic moments.

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against the odds

This book is inspiring and informative. One of the best entrepenural books I have read in a while.

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  • BF
  • 04-17-18

Motivational. Encoraging. Inspiring.

John Johnson's story is a rags to riches tale told from a humble heart. Read It. Be Inspired.

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There is an advantage in every disadvantage!

That will live forever with me after hearing those words. I enjoyed every minute of hearing how he overcame to get what he needed done.

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Amazing Book

This book was absolutely amazing. I literally felt like I was sitting in a chair listening to my grandfather tell a story. Very emotionally moving and motivating!

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Hidden Gem!

this was an amazing book! it was truly inspiring and showed me once again what is possible

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Every entrepreneur should read this book!

If you are serious about your entrepreneurial journey and you are ready to understand the mindset required to do so buy this book!

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A must listen.

Loved it. This book should be in every bodys library. John H Johnson was one of the greatest pioneers of our time.

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  • SaM
  • 08-09-16

love it.

Briefing on the difficulties faced by black americans entrepreneurs and their optimistic views making them hugely successful in the white society.