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To Russia with Fries

Written by George CohonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by George Cohon and David MacfarlaneAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by David Macfarlane

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On Sale: November 13, 2012
Pages: 352 | ISBN: 978-1-55199-694-3
Published by : McClelland & Stewart McClelland & Stewart
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Synopsis

Synopsis

You might think that an autobiography by the senior chairman of McDonald’s in Canada and Russia would be a modestly boastful, ho-hum business story of expansion and board-room debates, wrapped in some nice reminiscences about his family. You would be very wrong. Because this is George Cohon’s autobiography, and George Cohon (“Call me George, please!”) is not an ordinary man…not in his approach to business and not in his approach to telling his life story.

It’s true that George Cohon is one of the most successful businessmen of his generation and that he’s also one of the most colourful. But the man you’ll meet in the pages of To Russia With Fries is considerably more complex than that description suggests. Here, you’ll encounter a man who not only dreamed the impossible dream of opening a McDonald’s restaurant in the heart of the Soviet Union (of all places), but had the patience, the persistence, and above all the good humour to navigate the maze of obstacles set in his course by a scornful communist bureaucracy. You’ll meet a man whose heart is bigger than his assets (he’s donating all the royalties from this book to charity); a man with a serious sense of fun, who loves (and is frequently on the receiving end of) practical jokes; a man whose life so far has been extraordinary by any standard. You’ll discover a man who is a natural and creative entrepreneur and an acknowledged expert on starting a business in Russia. He’s been there and done that – long before the crash of the Iron Curtain.

From a man who can think and do six things at once (he’s been told he has a mind like a butterfly), comes a very lively and hugely entertaining story that has universal appeal.


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David Macfarlane

About David Macfarlane

David Macfarlane - To Russia with Fries

DAVID MACFARLANE is a Toronto-based writer and editor. He has won numerous National Newspaper Awards and a National Newspaper Award for his journalism. His first book, The Danger Tree, won the Canadian Authors' Association Award for non-fiction. His novel, Summer Gone, was nominated for the Giller Prize. He is also the editor of Toronto: A City Becoming.

Praise

Praise

“George Cohon’s book is an excellent study of personal and professional leadership. I highly recommend it as a heart-warming story of George’s journey, and of the lives he has touched along the way. He reminds us that if we have a vision and are not afraid to reach for our dreams, our dreams can become reality.”
–Rick Hansen, Man in Motion

“George Cohon’s combination of family, business, humanity, friends and voluntarism is what this autobiography is all about and reinforces what I personally know George firmly believes. If you have grown because of someone, help someone grow because of you. This book is an impressive model for social leadership.”
–Ron D. Barbaro, past president, Prudential Insurance Company of America Worldwide Operations.


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