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The Journey of the Accidental Leader by Stephen D. Gladis

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The Beginning

The phone was ringing way too early that morning, Sammy Williamson thought as he grabbed the receiver and heard his mother trying to talk over her own sobbing.

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Samuel “Sammy” Williamson, Jr., lived in a Carmel, California, bungalow that overlooked the Pacific Ocean. By anyone’s standards, even those of the movie stars who frequented the trendy seaside art colony for the rich and famous, Sammy’s house drew ooh’s and ah’s because of its spectacular view. Just 33 years old, Sammy was tall, tanned, good looking with dark wavy hair, and smart. He’d been given his family’s West Coast “cottage” at Carmel-by-the-Sea when his parents became so involved in their consulting business, Williamson Associates, in New York City, that they hadn’t ...

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