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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Pleasing White Boys: A Story of Aspiration and Malice in Corporate America by Linda Saulsby is a spellbinding book that takes a serious and critical look at one woman’s experience in corporate life, both domestic and international. This journey takes her to the level of Senior Vice President of Global Operations in a multi-national corporation. In this book, readers get insights into what it takes to succeed in corporate life and what it takes for women, especially Lia Granger, an African-American corporate executive, to succeed. The challenges that come along the way, the somewhat enigmatic corporate culture, the often tense relationships, the temptation of power and its challenges, and many things in between are explored in this narrative.
Linda Saulsby writes beautifully in a style that is fluid and language that is upbeat, at times evocative, and filled with insightful thoughts. Apart from the voice that captures Lia Granger’s point of view, the narrative features streams of consciousness that deepen the internal conflict and dialogues that take place in real-life situations. The protagonist is real and seeing her navigate through life, from early years with huge dreams to facing big challenges, the reader glimpses the drama that happens in corporate life and the stakes that executives, especially women of color, are confronted with. The author explores the humanity of the protagonist, allowing readers to feel her fragility and to understand her unique strengths. Pleasing White Boys: A Story of Aspiration and Malice in Corporate America is a compelling work with relevant lessons that lay bare the pitfalls and joys of corporate life and what the journey means for a woman of color. Inspiring and utterly entertaining.