When All You Have Is Hope

When All You Have Is Hope

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Random House, Inc.
For entrepreneur Frank O’Dea, it was a long road from street life to the high life. Born in Montreal to an upper-middle class family, Frank’s life took a downturn as a young man when he was sexually assaulted by a priest. He began drinking at an early age and was soon destitute, living in degradation on the streets of Toronto. By way of a sympathetic employer, the Salvation Army, and Alcoholics Anonymous, O’Dea quit drinking and started a small business that developed into the Second Cup coffee chain. Over the years, his philanthropic activities extended to AIDS fundraising, child literacy in the Third World, and landmine removal. His message is simple: HOPE, VISION, ACTION.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2007
ISBN: 9780670064274
0670064270
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, John (John Lawrence)

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Gregoris
Oct 06, 2011

An interesting 'rags to riches' story of Frank O'Dea. The drama of his early years seemed exaggerated or embellished to add strength to the the final glory. Many interesting positions on start-up enterprises in uncharted markets.

An easy read.

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blossom21
Mar 08, 2011

A very inspiraional life story of a man who pulls himself from skid row in an alcoholic stupor to a very successful businessman who co-founded Second Cup coffee shops.

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