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The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them by Max Gunther

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Chapter 2: Two Lives

Issur Danielovitch and Charlie Williams were born during the First World War in the grimy east end of Amsterdam, New York. They were born with apparently equal chances to succeed or fail. Both their fathers were immigrant laborers, and both families lived on the edge of poverty. The two boys grew up in the same world, were dragged and battered and washed by the same great social tides. They were in grade school during the Roaring Twenties. They were slammed down as teenagers by the Great Depression. They were sucked into the vortex of the Second World War as young men, then spewed out into a peacetime boom. They grew older as America changed through the self-satisfied fifties, the strident sixties, the prudent seventies. ...

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