The Education of an American Dreamer

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The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street, and Beyond

The Education of an American Dreamer is a man's account of his legendary successes, humiliating failures, and personal tragedies⁠—a testament to a remarkable life and, indeed, to the American Dream itself. In this book, Peterson chronicles the progress of this journey with irony, humor, and, sometimes, painful honesty. Within these pages are stories of marriage and family hardship; lessons in political gamesmanship; thoughts on his obsessive desire to succeed; and, finally, learning the meaning of "enough."

"For years, Pete Peterson has performed with distinction on the world's stage-both in finance and public policy. But he still remains the same Nebraska boy who counted change in his father's café. His journey is a remarkable story and his book is an entertaining and refreshingly honest account of his education in business and life."

Warren Buffett

"When the memoir of an important person contains insightful information, large dollops of self-deprecation, some humor and clear writing, count that memoir unusual. The memoir of Peter G. Peterson, The Education of an American Dreamer, qualifies as unusual ."

USA Today