In 1980 Bernie Swain quit his job to create a lecture agency that would become the Washington Speakers Bureau. Over the years Swain has met powerful leaders, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dave Barry. In What Made Me Who I Am, Swain shares stories of defining moments that influenced these notables and many others.
What Made Me Who I Am
By Bernie Swain
September; Savio Republic; $26
This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.