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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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11. THE WHIZ KIDS

CHARLES BATES THORNTON WAS a striking new kind of American success story, a man with a childhood worthy of Horatio Alger but also with the most modern vision for postwar American management that one could imagine. He was born in Haskell, Texas. His father had made fortunes and lost fortunes running a fire-fighting service for oil-well owners. He had abandoned his family when his son was an infant. His wife took over the raising of the family. She instilled in her son a strong sense of enterprise; he was to have odd jobs, she decreed, and to save money from them, not squander it. So he did, starting to save at the age of twelve and buying forty acres of land by the time he was fourteen. That set a pattern. He was running a service ...

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